Little Blog on the Prairie

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Camp Frontier promises families the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Gen will be thrilled if she survives the summer stuck in a cabin with her family and no modern amenities. But ever the savvy teen, Gen sneaks in a phone and starts texting about camp life. Turns out, there are some good points-like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing. But when her texts go viral as a blog and a TV crew arrives, Gen realizes she may have just ruined the best vacation she's ever ...

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Overview

Camp Frontier promises families the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Gen will be thrilled if she survives the summer stuck in a cabin with her family and no modern amenities. But ever the savvy teen, Gen sneaks in a phone and starts texting about camp life. Turns out, there are some good points-like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing. But when her texts go viral as a blog and a TV crew arrives, Gen realizes she may have just ruined the best vacation she's ever had.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
To her great dismay, 13-year-old Gen is spending her entire summer with her family at a frontier camp, where they must re-enact life from 1890, living without technology, growing their own food, tending a cow and chickens, and working on a project to better the farm. It's a fun premise that leaves Bell (Slipping) ample room for physical comedy, while touching on themes of family and the (dis)advantages of modern life. Gen holds onto her sanity by sending secret text messages to her best friends (“I am standing in the middle of a cornfield. I am holding a hoe.... [W]e are farmers now”), which they turn into a blog that attracts national attention. Cute Caleb, a fellow camper, is a welcome distraction for Gen, though he seems interested in Nora, the daughter of the couple that runs the camp, and the two girls butt heads. Gen's growing appreciation for the simple life is predictable (though she never entirely drinks the Kool-Aid—make that warm cow's milk) and the reconciliation between Gen and Nora feels contrived, but it's still a lively journey with empathetic characters. Ages 12-up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Imagine it is 1890. No iPods, no cell phones, no jeans or tank tops, no electricity, and no indoor plumbing. This is the life that Gen Welsh has to endure for the whole summer, since her mother has decided that the family's vacation will be at a frontier-living fantasy camp near Laramie, WY. When they arrive, all modern conveniences are taken away, but Gen is granted her one wish: Clearasil. Secretly she has hidden her new cell phone in the product's box, and uses it to text her friends back home. They use her messages to start a blog, which takes off and gets media attention. Meanwhile, back at camp, a first romance and a good, clean girl rivalry are bubbling among the milking of cows and clearing of forest. As the families make their way through a difficult season, the teens discover their strengths and weaknesses. This fast read is humorous and insightful, with realistic characters that are refreshingly well rounded. Bell has captured a 13-year-old's voice, making Gen's unlikely situation feel very real. A solid choice for collections serving tweens—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599902869
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHLEEN DAVITT BELL's first book for young readers was Slipping. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and two children.

www.cathleendavittbell.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Posted up and ready to read!!!

    I loved this book. I read nonstop to finish it in a day. This book goes though all of the feeling a normal teen would have if they were taken from their summer and stuck into a place were no eletronics or anything modern was allowed. I highly reccomond this book if your looking for a funny, surprising book with a little romance. With 5 out of 5 star i hope the author writes another book like this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    OMG!!!!!

    This book is sooooooooo good! I highly recommend it! But i would recommend for ages 10-14 cause if u r older than 14 u might b kinda bored:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Great!

    The sample was realy good! I wish they had more!

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    Posted May 12, 2013

    McDonalds ;*

    Ba da bub baaaa im luvin it!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted March 26, 2013

    Great!

    I'm lovin' it. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Amazing

    I love reading and this is my favorite book after Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire

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    Posted September 1, 2012

    Awesome!

    an awesome book! i've read it soooooooo many times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    extraordinary!

    I love this book it was just so interedting.i got pulled in!

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Amazing

    This book is great for any girl who likes to read teen books there is always something new around the corner in this book it is a must read.

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    Posted June 5, 2011

    Reading

    Even though I didnt read it i knownit is going to be really interesting!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Little Blog on the Prairie

    Imagine being a teenager, looking forward to summer vacation and soccer camp. Now how would you feel if you found out that this summer was going to be much different. This year you will be going to a family frontier camp. A camp that takes you back to 1890, and forces you to live that way all summer. The only saving grace is the cute boy, Caleb, that is staying in a cabin nearby.

    Gen is furious at her parents for dragging her to frontier camp this summer. She has to weed corn, milk cows, and wash her clothes by hand. And worst of all she is missing her friends and soccer camp. But all is not a total lost as she has managed to sneak a cell phone in and sends regular text updates to her friends. All this backfires one day when her texts end up on her friend's blog for the whole world to read.

    A quick and entertaining read that enjoyed. Reading about the antics of the various teenagers and children that are attending the frontier camp are fun and accurately show how I would have handled being cut off from civilization for two and a half months. I was able to appreciate all the main characters, even the ones I didn't like, and the background characters were developed to just the right level to contribute what they needed to the story. However, the style and conflicts were sometimes a bit predictable.

    3/5

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Family vacations should be fun. They should include things like amusement parks, loaded cruise ships, motel swimming pools and room service, and maybe an odd national park or two. Vacations should most definitely not include weeding a cornfield, a constant diet of cold grits and beans, doing the laundry by hand, and sleeping with your little brother. Gen Welsh has some opinions about family vacations, and the one her family takes is certainly not what she expected.

    Gen is looking forward to a summer of soccer camps and time with her friends by the rec center pool. When her mother announces that the family will be going to Camp Frontier for six weeks and living like it is the 1890's, Gen is sure she must be joking. It is not until they actually arrive at the reenactment vacation site, and she has handed over her iPod and traded in her clothes for stockings, a petticoat, and a bonnet, that reality hits. They will be joining three other families to eat, sleep, and live in another century.

    Crammed into a stuffy cabin no bigger than their garage, Gen finds herself sleeping with her little brother in the same crowded loft as her mom and dad. Every modern convenience she can imagine is suddenly missing from her life. They will be cooking on a wood stove - if her mother can figure out how to light it. They will do their laundry by hand, milk a cow twice a day, care for four acres of corn, and use an incredibly unpleasant outhouse.

    The only thing that makes life bearable is the new cell phone Gen is able to sneak in. She uses it to quietly text her friends back home to vent about the horrible conditions and the odd characters sharing her vacation. When one friend begins using Gen's text messages as the feature for a blog project in her summer school computer class, Gen's story becomes part of something she never could have imagined.

    Author Cathleen Davitt Bell takes readers on the vacation from hell. Her descriptions of living life as it was back in 1890's are enough to make any modern-day, tech savvy teen cringe. It might be interesting to visit a museum with an old time village or farm setting, but to actually live it for almost two months would strike horror in most. Bell includes a nice mix of humor, mystery, frustration, and danger to create a captivating read.

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