Camp
Raina Telgemeier and Frazzled fans, rejoice! Author-illustrator Kayla Miller is back with Olive in this emotional and honest story about navigating new experiences, learning to step outside one’s comfort zone, and the satisfaction of blazing your own trails.Olive and Willow are happy campers!Or are they?   Olive is sure she’ll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow – but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows – Olive. It’s s’more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow's living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long…the girls aren’t just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out? Look for more of Olive's adventures in Click!

Camp Details

TitleCamp
Author
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781328530820
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Comics

Camp Review

  • Lana
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to get my hands on this review copy of Camp from Kayla Miller! I love to find new books about camping and this one is adorable and very relatable.Olive and Willow are super excited to spend two weeks together at camp. But once they get to camp, things get more complicated than Olive had hoped. Olive hits it off right away with the other campers and is ready for fun! Willow has a harder time fitting in and she’s not very happy about sharing Olive’s attention either. This story is I was so excited to get my hands on this review copy of Camp from Kayla Miller! I love to find new books about camping and this one is adorable and very relatable.Olive and Willow are super excited to spend two weeks together at camp. But once they get to camp, things get more complicated than Olive had hoped. Olive hits it off right away with the other campers and is ready for fun! Willow has a harder time fitting in and she’s not very happy about sharing Olive’s attention either. This story is so relatable for this age group. I remember camping with girlfriends that were way more sociable and outgoing than I was, and it makes for a bit of a challenge. Feelings get hurt and it can create some tension, even for the best of friends. I enjoyed this graphic novel, and Kayla’s illustrations are just adorable. This would be a great story for any young reader whether they’ve been to camp or not, ultimately it’s a story of friendship. This book will be available April 23, 2019.
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  • Katie Reilley
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this sequel to Kayla Miller’s graphic novel Click! Olive and Willow are headed to camp. Olive is super excited, and Willow’s a bit nervous. Once they arrive, Olive’s ready to try new activities and make new friends, and Willow is a bit more apprehensive, struggling to fit in and share Olive with the other campers. My students would refer to Willow as a “clinger.” Being a 4th/5th grade teacher, I felt the friendship challenges were something I often see. The fear of missing out and jealou I loved this sequel to Kayla Miller’s graphic novel Click! Olive and Willow are headed to camp. Olive is super excited, and Willow’s a bit nervous. Once they arrive, Olive’s ready to try new activities and make new friends, and Willow is a bit more apprehensive, struggling to fit in and share Olive with the other campers. My students would refer to Willow as a “clinger.” Being a 4th/5th grade teacher, I felt the friendship challenges were something I often see. The fear of missing out and jealousy when friend groups shift are occurrences that happen often at this age. I felt the advice given to Olive by the older campers was spot on and what kids need to hear. Added bonuses were the back-matter: instructions on how to make friendship bracelets and information on Rube Goldberg machines! Highly recommend for grades 3 and up!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    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 reap 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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  • Jenny Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    TL;DR: For a little lighthearted romp about summer camp I think this book is just fine. For us adults, it can bring back memories for us of summers past and also make us think about our past friendships as well... because I bet we all had that one clingy friend. If you want a deep, meaningful book, look elsewhere... this is a just a nice quick fun read.The art style is very cute and I love the colors used. The camp colors were woodsy and brought about feelings of summer and, well, camp. The colo TL;DR: For a little lighthearted romp about summer camp I think this book is just fine. For us adults, it can bring back memories for us of summers past and also make us think about our past friendships as well... because I bet we all had that one clingy friend. If you want a deep, meaningful book, look elsewhere... this is a just a nice quick fun read.The art style is very cute and I love the colors used. The camp colors were woodsy and brought about feelings of summer and, well, camp. The colors of the campers were very multicolored and it was bright and beautiful. One of the qualms I had with the book was how difficult it was sometimes to tell the difference between the counselors. I could tell with the main counselor, Laura, but everyone else kind-of blended in with the campers... I'm hoping that wasn't the point. It didn't seem intentional. The character development was okay... since the story was *mainly* about Olive and Willow, the other campers kind of faded into the background. They were just props, basically, in the overall story. They fit, but they felt more one-dimensional. Laura seemed like she was the most developed of the characters, but we weren't given that much about her, either. Since the counselors blended in to the campers, and the campers blended in to the background, we did focus mainly on Olive and Willow, as we are supposed to. Another qualm: the story itself is just okay. Willow and Olive are camping during the summer, Willow is clingy, Olive feels smothered. It's wrapped up at the end, but is it really wrapped up in a way where the characters feel as valued as they should? Does Willow end up showing Olive the respect that she really deserves? Is it showing kids what they really should do? Respect their friends and not give into bullies that parade around as friends?
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  • Destiny Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    When Olive and Willow go to camp, Willow has a harder time to adjust to being away from home and gets very clingy. Olive is a social person and tries her best to make Willow feel included until she starts monopolizing her time. Of course, this brings about a series of events that make this story very relatable.(view spoiler)[ lowkey/highkey Willow needed to sit down somewhere. Being afraid and wanting to attach to the only familiar face you see is normal, but she OVERSTEPPED big time telling Oli When Olive and Willow go to camp, Willow has a harder time to adjust to being away from home and gets very clingy. Olive is a social person and tries her best to make Willow feel included until she starts monopolizing her time. Of course, this brings about a series of events that make this story very relatable.(view spoiler)[ lowkey/highkey Willow needed to sit down somewhere. Being afraid and wanting to attach to the only familiar face you see is normal, but she OVERSTEPPED big time telling Olive she can only sit with her, declined someone else asking OLIVE to dance (not you, Willow!), and turned her butt to anyone that wanted to be her friend. I thought she was maybe socially awkward at first, but then it turned into "if I can't have Olive, no one can." On top of that, as soon as Willow gets comfortable at camp, she likes "new phone, who dis" to Olive.Willow was so irritating hahaha. (hide spoiler)]Yeah, read this. I love when stories can teach a lesson to kids without being preachy.
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  • Melissa Orth
    January 1, 1970
    A breezy graphic novel featuring a painfully realistic story of two tween girls who go to summer camp. One girl is socially confident, the other sticks to her friend like glue, which becomes an issue when she starts trying to control who her friend hangs with. A supportive camp counselor who says and does all the right things helps both girls navigate this drama. It all works out a little too easily but readers will recognize the words and emotions played out on the pages. The artwork is similar A breezy graphic novel featuring a painfully realistic story of two tween girls who go to summer camp. One girl is socially confident, the other sticks to her friend like glue, which becomes an issue when she starts trying to control who her friend hangs with. A supportive camp counselor who says and does all the right things helps both girls navigate this drama. It all works out a little too easily but readers will recognize the words and emotions played out on the pages. The artwork is similar to Telgemeier or Jamieson. Recommended for middle grade GN collections
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  • Shana
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely fans of Raina Telgemeier would enjoy this book about two friends who go to summer camp. It is similar to the experience I had when I went to summer camp. Some people get left out, and some people are clingy to their friends. I think it’s nice to have a book that girls can relate to and maybe it will help them deal with situations like this when they come up in their own lives. I think middle school girls will enjoy this book. I got a pre-release copy from a Barnes & Noble hangout.
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  • Alory Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute! The friction and clinginess that causes the problem in the first place is very believable, though the "making up" between Olive and Willow seemed a little easy (and maybe a little too mature-sounding, dialogue-wise, for middle school kids). But not everything has to be super complicated, and it's a nice story about learning to share your friends and make new friends as well.I enjoyed it, and hope there are more Olive stories in the works! :)
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    children's graphic fiction (tweens at summer camp, homesickness, talking to/opening up to friends and making new ones)*reviewed from uncorrected ARC*starring outgoing Olive from "Click" and her homesick bff/cousin Willow. I felt the two girls were bordering on needy/whiny in the way that they spent much of the time feeling sorry for themselves, but this would easily satisfy middlegrade and younger readers who are looking for more graphic novels to consume.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    This great summer camp graphic novel looks at the way friendships can change when new people and experiences are added into the mix. Perfect to read at sleep away camp, or anytime, really. Highly recommended for grades 3 & up.ARC provided by publisher
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Willow was so obviously the worst in this book and it wrapped up so quickly tidily that it was a little hard to enjoy. Even so, I think fans of Telgemeier might appreciate these while they're waiting for her next read.
  • Liv Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    I got it yesterday and finished in on the same day! It was super good. I loved that it was longer than 'Click' and that it had her friend, Willow, in it!
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Another cute book about middle school friendship! Loved it!
  • Rory
    January 1, 1970
    Really good.
  • Kimberly Wright Oelkers
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait for the next one!
  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Cute book about juggling friendships.
  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars.
  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    While the setting is a summer camp, this does a great job of working through some dynamics of friendships in any setting or at any age.
  • Meredith Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of fun. You can't beat a good summer camp story and it's even better if it deals with the emotions that come along with going away to camp & being away from your family.
  • Linnea
    January 1, 1970
    i felt like this was much better and well thought out than Click (the first in the series). Can be read independently.
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsCamp is the follow-up to Kayla Miller's fun and thoughtful middle grade graphic novel debut Click, centering around the summer camp ups and downs facing Olive and her friend Willow.In Camp, readers follow Olive- the protagonist at the heart of Click- as she and one of her friends from school, Willow, spend their summer months together at a camp with lots of awesome activities available to its campers. Olive continues to be a pretty cool and friendly protagonist, open to new people and n 3.5 starsCamp is the follow-up to Kayla Miller's fun and thoughtful middle grade graphic novel debut Click, centering around the summer camp ups and downs facing Olive and her friend Willow.In Camp, readers follow Olive- the protagonist at the heart of Click- as she and one of her friends from school, Willow, spend their summer months together at a camp with lots of awesome activities available to its campers. Olive continues to be a pretty cool and friendly protagonist, open to new people and new adventures. As illustrated in Click, Olive is a bit a chameleon, able to mix with and fit in with various groups of people; in Camp, we can see how those traits, which Olive mistakenly thought were a a big negative, are quite a big positive when it comes to a new place and new faces! Conversely, we see how her friend Willow, who belongs to a particular clique back home, struggles during the majority of her time at camp. Friction arises between the two when Olive feels the strain of having to stay by Willow's side, and then feeling guilty for wanting to branch out during lessons, group projects, or special events like a camp play day and a big dance. While I found the retreads of certain topics in Camp (i.e. Willow's consistent unwillingness to be open to new camp friends and Olive having to deal with that tension) to wear a bit, the story as a whole is solid fun and builds its way to a satisfying end, all the while anchored by Miller's amiable storytelling and genuinely appealing visual style.Overall, Camp holds tremendous draw to audiences who adore graphic novel offerings by authors such as Svetlana Chmakova, Raina Telgemeier, Chad Sell, Whitney Gardner, or Victoria Jamieson. Readers who previously read and enjoyed Miller's fantastic debut Click (and I would recommend startung with Click before diving into Camp!), might especially be interested in following Olive's further adventures. Similarly, readers who love a camp or summer story (think along the lines of Vera Bosgol's Be Prepared or Hope Larson's All Summer Long), may want to add Camp to their reading list. I hope we get to see Kayla Miller continue with further graphic novel stories starring Olive and her groups of friends!I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own. Published version contains full colour pages.
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