Lights Out!: Kids Talk about Summer Camp

Lights Out!: Kids Talk about Summer Camp

by Eric H. Arnold, Jeffrey Loeb, Micki Keno

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The editors of this book spent a summer interviewing kids at camps in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The campers' observations, broken down into such categories as ``Why I Went to Camp,'' ``Camp Food'' and ``Parents Day,'' contain doses of wisdom and wit: ``Next year I'm gonna try and come earlier, 'cause if you come earlier you get a better bed.'' By its format alone, this could have been the camp version of Kids Say the Darnedest Things, but there are some comforting pearls for first-time campers: even old-timers don't always get the counselor they want; independence and homesickness can exist side by side; all the kids in this book manage to survive camp. Comic line drawings pepper the pages, keeping the tone light. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious (``I was afraid people would laugh at my name''Edgar, age 11), the comments in this book could reassure campers that their experiences are both one of a kind and universal. (8-up)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up This book will surely bring back memories of life at summer camp or inspire and inform would-be camp goers. It is nothing more than the transcriptions of a dozen or more campers responding to questions about camp life, arranged by topic. Topics include: ``Why I Went to Camp,'' ``Getting Ready,'' ``First Day and Night,'' etc. The editors interviewed a variety of kids from age 9 to 15 and got wonderfully candid responses. All had been to camp one or more years, all had bitter/sweet experiences, and all seem to be able to relate these in language that other kids will understand. This book will not tell readers how many pairs of shorts to bring or what particular activities will be available at their camp, but it does describe how kids feel about going away, making friends, being separated from parents/family/pets, and it does relate some of the fun experiences common to all summer camps. An interesting and informative book, illustrated with black-and-white cartoons. Patricia Homer, Lowville School Library, N.Y.

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Little, Brown & Company
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1st ed
Age Range:
8 Years

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