Natalie's Secret (Camp Confidential Series #1)

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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...

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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...

When her mother makes her leave Manhattan to attend a summer camp in Pennsylvania, eleven-year-old Natalie tries to overcome her aversion to nature and makes new friends while, at the same time, keeping the identity of her famous father a secret.

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599611532
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Camp Confidential Series , #1
  • Pages: 141
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

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    Love this series!

    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!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    Camp is so cool

    It was such a good book. I cant' wait to read the next one. Anyone would enjoy this book!!!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Amazing

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    AWSOME CAMP BOOK!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2009

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    Camp Confidential is a funny and just for fun book!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    AWESOME!!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Good book

    I love this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    About The Whole Series

    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. :-)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    love the book

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Good book!

    Well,um...share it with your friends!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Great

    This book kept my attention throughtout every chapter and each chapter had a great start.I cant wait to read all the others!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    Terrific!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Good one

    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!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Best book 4 kids 9+

    This is a really great book and this book is like my fav book! It's great 4 kids ages 9+! I luved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Perfect!!!!!!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Kiley

    Ok..me amd him will chat at cat res 4 and you and me will chat at cat res 5 see y their

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    This thing is awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    So cool

    Just read the book but beleve me that it is a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Interesting

    I have not read this bookcyet but it bseems super intereesting

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