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Compass Book Ratings

Publisher's Note:  

Spend one last summer with the Mother-Daughter Book Club at camp in this bittersweet conclusion to Heather Vogel Frederick’s beloved and bestselling series.

After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe case of homesickness. Hopefully, a little bit of bibliotherapy will do the trick, as the girls bring their longstanding book club to camp.

Mother-Daughter Book Camp

by Heather Vogel Frederick

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Overall Review:  

I grew up reading the series Mother-Daughter Book Club. I loved them so much. So when I saw there was a new installation in this series, I had to get my hands on it. I read it and fell in love all over again. I think summer camp is something that most kids dream of, and if they get the chance to attend, they probably look forward to summer more than usual. Reading this book took me back to my childhood.

The original girls from Mother-Daughter Book Club make a return in this last book in the series, except now they are a little more grown-up. I couldn't remember which girl I related to the most when I was younger and reading the original series, but I immediately felt close to all of them, like they were old friends. All of the girls have decided to become counselors at a camp in their home of New Hampshire, and although I did feel like the reading was quite a bit below my level, I liked the simplicity of this book.

Of course, if you have read any of the other books in this series, you will remember how there are always little problems and issues that pop up and are resolved by the end of the story. This book is no different, but now it seems like the girls are better equipped to handle the situations that might be tough. They don't turn to their mothers for as much help, instead they turn to each other.

There is some mention of boyfriends in this book, which is why I have bumped it to a higher age rating. But if you are a parent and a little light romance doesn't bother you when choosing a book for your child, then this book could totally be appropriate for someone younger than 12.

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Flooding is mentioned; young characters are scared at camp in a brief scene; a young character with a vivid imagination is afraid of a natural disaster; a storm damages buildings and there is mention that it could have been much worse and taken lives.

Sex/Nudity:  Minors are mentioned to kiss; a girl's underwear is raised on a flagpole.

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Homesickness, interpersonal relationships.

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Reviewed By Lydia
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