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Klise, Kate. LETTERS FROM CAMP
New York : Harper, 2000
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
Told in a series of letters, memos, receipts, and ledger pages. Three sets of siblings are off to Camp Happy Harmony. Brisket Roast whose father says is as lazy as a slug and his sister, Barbie Q. who is as spirited as a mustang. Charlie and Charlotte Lee who are described as wonderful kids who are liked by everyone except each other. Ivan and Mimi Gems who have no social skills and won’t go to bed but stay in their rooms for hours. The counselors are also siblings and used to appear in the singing group The Harmonys. They have advertised their camp as specializing in sibling relationships. For the next four weeks, the children will learn to get along. Sounds perfect. Things are not what they seem.
Kehret, Peg. TERROR AT THE ZOONew York : Puffin, 2001IL 5-8, RL 4.6ISBN 0142300284Ellen was
just given the best birthday present ever. Well, she has
to share it with her little brother but that is fine.
Together with their grandparents, they are going to camp out at
the zoo for the night! They both love the zoo and have
spent lots of time there. But never at night. They
will be staying with their grandparents anyway since their
parents will be away. This is going to be just about
perfect. But then there is a change of plans.
Grandmother has broken her leg and can’t go camping. But
it will fine since their parents have changed their plans and
now will be home to share the camping trip. When the time
arrives, their parents aren’t home. The plane has been
delayed. The grandparents have gone to the hospital to
have grandma’s leg reset. Fearing they will have to miss
the camping trip, Ellen and Corey decide to take a taxi to the
zoo and wait for their parents there. They leave a note so
their parents will know to meet them at the zoo. When they
get to the zoo, their parents aren’t there and the coordinator
is anxious to leave since her daughter is having a baby.
Corey lies and says his parents have just pulled up. Now
everyone is gone and Ellen and Corey are alone in the zoo.