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Natalie's Secret (Camp Confidential Series #1)

Natalie's Secret (Camp Confidential Series #1)

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by Melissa J. Morgan
     
 

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Summer camp means lots of things: new friends, roommates, bug bites, bathroom duty...But it's also a chance to be on your own and to reinvent yourself. A shy girl can become the belle of the ball, and ajock might find new competition. Natalie, Jenna, Grace, and Alex have all found themselves at Camp Lakeview for different reasons. And each is keeping a secret.

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Summer camp means lots of things: new friends, roommates, bug bites, bathroom duty...But it's also a chance to be on your own and to reinvent yourself. A shy girl can become the belle of the ball, and ajock might find new competition. Natalie, Jenna, Grace, and Alex have all found themselves at Camp Lakeview for different reasons. And each is keeping a secret. But if everyone is hiding something, how will they ever become friends?
Natalie Goode is a city girl-way more interested in fresh sushi than fresh air. So she's bummed when her mother ships her off to "Camp Lake-puke" to broaden her horizons. But before long, Natalie notices there are some pretty cool girls are camp (and even some cute boys, too). If she can loosen up, she might even enjoy herself-unless the secret she's been keeping gets in her way...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Launching the Camp Confidential series, this lukewarm tale centers on an 11-year-old New Yorker whose mother sends her to Camp Lakeview for eight weeks. Convinced she is "allergic to nature," Natalie is anything but thrilled about experiencing the great outdoors and eating camp food rather than sushi. But her attitude improves after she bonds with an artsy, sensitive bunkmate and takes a shine to a "boy-person with denim blue eyes" who shares her love of The Simpsons ("We're perfect for each other!' she thinks). Given the obvious clues, readers will likely guess Natalie's "secret": her father is a famous film actor, a fact she has hidden from her fellow campers so that they could get to know her on her terms. Alas, all is revealed when the superstar and his girlfriend roll into camp in a limo for a surprise visit. Natalie's consternation about her friends' reactions verges on the melodramatic: "Natalie's head was spinning. The scene felt almost completely surreal. Her friends were being polite but awkward, and Chelsea was suddenly her bestest best friend in the world? This was so not what she wanted! This was why she hadn't wanted to let people know who her father was!" Despite Morgan's typecasting (the athlete, the comedienne, the practical joker, the manipulative bully), these young characters-Natalie included-are curiously bland, offering readers little incentive to reach for this month's second camp caper, Jenna's Dilemma (0-448-43738-4). Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Natalie Goode, 11, is a true city girl who loves all the wonderful amenities of her life in New York City. Imagine her trauma when her mother tells her that she is going to spend eight weeks at a camp in Pennsylvania. When she arrives, things are worse than she imagined. Her bunk is run-down, the showers are gross, and she finds a spider in the toilet. Fortunately, her bunkmates come from different places and Natalie begins to appreciate their unique talents and personalities. When she meets Simon, a cute fellow camper, things definitely begin to improve. However, complications arise when Natalie's father makes a surprise visit, for she hasn't told anyone that her dad is Tad Maxwell, the famous action-movie star. Soon, Natalie must face her new friends and deal with the fact that she hasn't been truthful. The first book in the series is a satisfying read. The subject matter and the characters are nothing new but fans of series books about girls will enjoy it.-Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448443683
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Series:
Camp Confidential Series, #1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa J. Morgan started going to sleep away camp when she was eight years old and didn't stop until her first job after grad school refused her request for eight weeks of summer vacation. She's since quit that job to become a full-time author. The only reason she didn't go back to camp is that her husband refused to join her. Melissa lives in New York with him and Bugle, their Chocolate Lab.

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Natalie's Secret 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this series! I am on book #17. They are very easy for me. I read one of them in about 1 day. This is the first in the series. It focuses on the character Natalie, but not every book is about her. There are many other campers that you will love reading about! If you like this book, you should read the rest of this series!! Trust me, if you are a preteen girl like me you will enjoy the gossip and drama in this story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a good book. I cant' wait to read the next one. Anyone would enjoy this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The thing that I liked the most about this book was that it related to the things that went on at my summer camp.even though this book is suggested for 9-12 yr olds i was still facinated at how it held my attention and im 14!!! I have just finished this book for the second time and have desided to use it was a summer reading book. I have also desided to continue the rest of the series and will definently suggest this book to friends and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luved this book cause it reminded me of my own camp and i really couldnt wait to go back to camp again! Recommended to girls of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells all about the stuggles of growing up! When a city girl is moved to nature, what do you get? A big mess. Natalie learns that change is good. She goes to camp, meets new friends, and even meets a cute boy! Of course there's the mean girl... Natalie learns to love camp, that is, until her big secret falls out. What is gonna happen? Will she get the boy? Or will fate ruin her chances of a new and improved life? I'm 11 and I love it! Find.outbwalhat happens in Natalie's Secret
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good and I am looking forward to getting the 2nd book called 'Jenna's Dilemma'. I bet this series is going to rock my socks! haha! I'm so cool! Peace Y'all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camp Confidential is a good, funny, and a good book for shareing to friends. I loved the book so much.I told my sisters about it and they thaught it was so good that they hid the book from me beacuse they wanted to read it.I hope kids or even people love the book alot, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention throughtout every chapter and each chapter had a great start.I cant wait to read all the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. It was a very good book. The author kept my attention throughout the whole book. I can't wait to read the second book in the series, Jenna's dilema. In fact i'm going to head over to Barnes and Noble one of these days and purchase Jenna's Dilema. Anyway, I highly recomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awsome book!!!!!!! Start here cause this is the first book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READ IT AND RATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! MY FAVE CARECTER IS DEFFINETLY ALEX SHE IS JUST LIKE ME!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book and this book is like my fav book! It's great 4 kids ages 9+! I luved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book ends in a happy ending. So people can stop in the middle of the series and not be bothered. You should make it end at a cliffhanger. So people will be more interested and just have to find out what happens next. They should stop wanting more books to read. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the second book i read of this series (the first book i read was 19) and i loved it so i decide to read the beginning of the series and the first one is as good as the 19th book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I liked how Natalie wasn't pouting-that much- about living her big city life for 8 weeks at camp. There were obstacles like spiders and bullies but she makes it through. pranks become a big part of the story, too. But Nat is heartbroken when the girls in her cabin discover her famous father. I can't wait to read the other books in the series!
Anonymous 29 days ago
Ya... So i heard this was a hetalia rp... guess not.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can you people actually post a review instead of asking if you can have a boyfriend. Like really. No wants to know about your sex life either. SHUT UP IF YOURE NOT GOING TO GIVE A REVIEW ABOUT THE BOOK! Thank you awesome book here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so mutch and i will keep reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here? Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good but I would only recommend it to girls.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have read the entire series, which does unfortunately come to an end. I would recommend this book to anyone. Seriously!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the book but beleve me that it is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this bookcyet but it bseems super intereesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great start for the camp confidential series! The characterd are easy to relate with and the story is reallly good. I recommend this whole series!