Camp Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings

"School’s out for summer! I experienced a huge wave of nostalgia reading Camp by Kayla Miller. I sought out this graphic novel after enjoying her first, Click. Olive’s going to attend Camp Acorn Lake with her best friend Willow. It’s their first time at a sleep-away camp and they have two very different experiences. Things start out OK with each of the girls choosing their bunks and scheduling some cool classes to take together, but there’s a bit of drama when the girls don’t see eye to eye after spending so much time together. Readers will relate not only to the happenings at camp, but the tension that can come between friends who think differently and struggle to find their niche without the other. I hope that all young campers have a counselor like Laura who genuinely cares for each of them and tries to resolve issues and help heal hurt/sad feelings with warmth and understanding. Camp is the perfect, colorful summer read full of friends, crafts, music, games, and more!" said.

"Summer camp is a time for friends and fun, but Willow and Olive end up having almost two weeks of feuding and fuming instead. After arriving for their sleepaway adventure, Olive makes fast friends with their bunk mates while Willow is shy and ready to make camp about just the two of them. As our main characters discover their very different personalities, readers discover what it truly means to be a friend.

Two of Miller's fun and quirky characters from her first graphic novel, Click, make a reappearance in this swift summer story along with a great cast of diverse campers and counselors. Miller's great strength is in these supporting characters; each camper and counselor has a unique personality that creates a better sense of realism and a feeling that each character has a story, even if we don't get to hear it.

The art is bright and expressive, which gives this title even more appeal at first glance and a great pick for reluctant readers. Each panel is is given full attention to drive the story forward with emotion or action, balancing the two for a steady pace.

However, I would like to personally nominate Willow for worst "best friend" ever.

While Olive and Willow are both experiencing difficulties adjusting, their struggles are unfairly balanced in terms of story. Willow attaches herself to Olive in her shyness and becomes sullen as her friend discovers she can have fun without Willow. This is the slow-burning catalyst that puts their friendship in danger. Olive offers her time, her compassion, and plenty of compromises while Willow ultimately tries very little to bring comfort to her friend as the divide between them deepens.

As with most middle grade stories, their friendship is patched, heart-felt apologies are made, and everyone has learned a valuable lesson, but the target audience for Camp will likely be split on the resolution offered.
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" Super sweet and relatable tale of summer camp and making new friends " said.

" Pretty straightfoward middle school story, the art style is great and it will have mass appeal with the Smile crowd. " said.

" Even better than the first one! I love stories of summer camp since I never got to go away to one, and this one was no exception! A more thorough review will follow shortly. " said.

" This was an astonishing improvement over the first book. The character conflict was totally believable and made me cringe for middle school me, who totally would have been a Willow. The good art finally has a strong story to support it! " said.

" Willow and Olive are best friends who go to summer camp together. Willow doesn't want to make new friends at first, and only wants to hang out with Olive. graphic novel good for younger teens " said.

" For kids who love books about summer camp and friendship troubles, this is a book to put in grades 3-6 readers' hands. " said.

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