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Middle Grade Lit Goes to Camp

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 6 to 100
  • Grade: 1 to 17
tagged: summer camp, summer reads, middle grade
Recent books for ages 9-12 set in various camp settings—books to get readers excited about camp or to have them camping vicariously if they're staycationing this summer.

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Camping Crazies

by L. M. Nicodemo, illustrated by Graham Ross
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1
tagged: beginner, emotions & feelings, humorous stories

Meet Maximus Todd! He's the kid who can't sit still. Max and his friends are on a camping trip at Camp Friendly Pines when he's stung by a wasp. Max gets a case of the Super Fidgets and devises a counting game to distract himself. If he loses, he will have to forfeit his campfire treats!

It's not easy being a kid. And Max discovers that his games do …

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The Horse of the River

A Camp Canyon Falls Adventure

by Sari Cooper
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: horses, survival stories, camping & outdoor activities

Twelve-year-old Gillian had never been so scared as the bus wound its way toward Canyon Falls summer camp. She had been dreaming about a horseback riding experience like this for years, but now that she was actually on her way, she was terrified. She had never been away from her family, never mind for a whole month. Would she make friends? Would sh …

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Boil Line

by M.J. McIsaac
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: thrillers & suspense, camping & outdoor activities, environment

Camp Clearwater is home to best friends Nate, Owen and Mercy. They practically grew up on the Starling River. But the summer they turn sixteen an incident forces the camp to close its doors. Mike Elliot, the river guide who taught the teens everything they know, is lost to the rapids. A tragic accident, everyone agrees. Except for Nate. Mike was th …

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Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank

by Hope Dalvay
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank is about a fourteen-year-old girl named Page (without an "i"), who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her Canadian parents work. Page's perfectly organized life turns upside down when her parents send her to Prince Edward Island to babysit her cousins Crusoe and Danger (those are their real names) for the summ …

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Camp Average

by Craig Battle
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: camping & outdoor activities, baseball & softball, friendship, humorous stories

A group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at Camp Avalon—which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that’s the way they like it. But this summer, new camp director Winston—who hates losing—has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they …

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Dan Versus Nature

by Don Calame
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: camping & outdoor activities, boys & men

From screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny and raunchy tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a …

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How to Spot a Sasquatch

by J. Torres, illustrated by Aurélie Grand
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: action & adventure, humorous, fairy tales, folklore, legends & mythology, camping & outdoor activities

On a camping trip with the Junior Rangers, Jay feels like the odd one out. He’s determined to get a photo of Bigfoot—but none of his friends believe Bigfoot exists. But if there’s no such thing as Bigfoot, why is there a giant footprint? And who is stealing all the snacks?

Meanwhile, Sass the Sasquatch and her curious forest friends are playi …

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Food Fight

A Graphic Guide Adventure

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environment, mystery & detective, action & adventure

While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling participant—their mother's research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation's food supply with g …