How to Almost Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Paperback: 240 pages | Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (June 7, 2016)
About How to Almost Ruin Your Summer:
Top Three Reasons Camp Minnehaha is The Worst
1. The spiders (wayyyy too many legs)
2. King Arthur (a rampaging goat intent on my destruction)
3. Victoria a.k.a The Diva (an evil cabin mate obsessed with French beauty products and my humiliation)
Chloe McCorkle knew a summer camp where you had to learn a career was a bad idea. She tried to tell her parents, but they just had to go on vacation to Alaska and ship her off for two weeks. It’s not ideal, but she’s going to try to make the best of it. She might even learn some skills that will help her make money for the new bike she’s been eyeing. But Chloe quickly discovers there’s only one area at which she excels; she manages to get more demerits than anyone else in camp…
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My Thoughts on How to Almost Ruin Your Summer:
Chloe’s parents are sending her to Camp Minnehaha for two weeks — against her will. Things go from bad to worse when Chloe is attacked by a goat and stuck in a cabin with stuck-up Victoria, whose brother is a famous football star. Nothing during her time at camp goes her way, and the harder she tries to avoid trouble, the more it seems to find her.
This is a funny book about a girl’s misadventures at summer camp. It boasts marvelously funny moments (fainting goats, anyone?), and tackles a couple of deeper issues along the way. Chloe has adventures, misadventures, and makes both friends and enemies at Camp Minehaha. She learns about self esteem and what truly matters in a friend.
If you’re looking for an upbeat, enjoyable read for your child, How to Almost Ruin Your Summer is a good pick. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a fun book that will get your kids to smile.
Source: I downloaded an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of this review.
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