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Camp Club Girls & the Mystery at Discovery Lake
Series: Camp Club Girls
Author: Renae Brumbaugh, Renae Brumbaugh Green
When six girls from different parts of the country end up as roommates at camp, they also join forces to find out what’s really going on beyond the crafts and Bible quizzing. Where are the strange noises coming from? And what’s the “DanGer” warning all about? “Camp Discovery” indeed! The mysteries seem as thick as the woods surrounding the cabins!
I’m really excited about this series because the stories are fast-paced, entertaining and interesting! Plus, girls will love the Camp Club Girls! Meet Kate Oliver “The Gadget Girl,” Alexis Howell “The Chipper Cheerleader,” Sydney Lincoln “The Sporty Sleuth,” Elizabeth Anderson “The Laid-Back Leader,” Bailey Chang “The Gabby Golfer” and McKenzie Phillips “The Witty Westerner!” Readers will see how The Camp Club Girls incorporate their faith in everyday living and mystery solving!
When I was young I LOVED reading the Sweet Valley Twins books, Nancy Drew and The Babysitters Club (remember those?!). Well, I’m happy to say that Barbour is releasing a new line of books similar to these for Christian girls. The Camp Club Girls series centers around a group of girls who meet at Camp Discovery. They become friends and form a group they call the ‘Camp Club Girls’ and soon find themselves embroiled in mysteries and adventures galore. These books are great for tween girls (ages 8 – 12). They have all the zany fun and intrigue of books like Sweet Valley, but they also include a component that none of those that I listed above do: the spiritual component. I’m so excited to have a series like this to share with my little girl. (Thanks, Barbour!)
I am so excited about the Camp Club Girls book series. My daughter loves books that come in series. She gets hooked and it really gets her reading. This new series is so great for young girls. They will love to join the adventures. Check out Chapter One of the newest Camp Club Girls book. If you know girls ages 9-12 these books would be a great gift.
Even though these books are geared towards girls ages 8-12. My boys found these books to be a wonderful series. We were given books 1 and 2 in the series. My boys enjoy mystery books and love solving Scooby Doo cartoons. They read these books from start to finish and I have to say I enjoyed reading them as well.
This series has a lot to offer to young readers! It has adventure and friendship, intrigue and scripture. It has a great combination of ideas and I loved it. I am thrilled that I will be able to share these books with my daughters. They are clean, enjoyable and send a great message to girls.
Finding suitable reading material for girls, ages 8 to 12, is sometimes tricky. With the abundance of vampires, werewolves and other icky creatures being the theme of so many “teen” novels, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a sweet, fun adventure series that is age-appropriate for young girls. The “Camp Club Girls” series features a group of friends, six girls in all, who meet at summer church camp and become life-long friends. Each girl is unique in her own way, and all of them are blessed with the gift of curiousity that sometimes leads them into a bit of trouble now and then. There’s Elizabeth, from Amarillo and, as the oldest, the group’s leader; Sydney, the active girl from Washington D.C.; McKenzie, the cowgirl from Montana; Alexis, the California cheerleader; Bailey, the golf prodigy from Peoria, Illinois; and Kate, the gadget girl from Philadelphia.
The first book, “Camp Club Girls and The Mystery at Discovery Lake,” introduces readers to the girls and tells the story of how they all meet at Camp Discovery, a summer youth camp. The girls, who live all over the country, soon find that they all love trying to solve a good mystery. And when they discover that the miniature golf course at their camp seems to be the center of some spooky activity, the girls form a super sleuth ring and are soon up to their ears in hunting for lost treasure, trying to catch a would-be thief, and keeping up with their camp activities all at the same time!
The second book, “Sydney’s D.C. Discovery,” finds Sydney and her friend Elizabeth suddenly at the center of a would-be terrorist plot to harm the President of the United States. When suspicious activities start occurring at the Vietnam Memorial, Sydney, whose aunt is a tour guide at the memorial, and Elizabeth, who is visiting Washington with her uncle, a Vietnam vet, decide to try and figure out what is going on. The girls, with a lot of help from their Camp Club girlfriends, soon are chasing down shady characters, and helping the Secret Service break up a plan to cause chaos in the United States.
The “Camp Club Girls” series is reminiscent of the “Nancy Drew” mystery novels of a generation or two ago, with a fresh spin that will keep a young mystery fan of today interested. Besides the adventure aspect of the books, there is also a faith-based message to each story that fits into each plot. Nothing too “in-your-face,” but important nonetheless. The series is scheduled to have two books per month published, each book featuring a different character, but involving all of the “Camp Club Girls,” and will run through 2011. Barbour Publishing is also featuring a great monthly contest to promote these books on their website at www.barbourbooks.com, with a grand prize of a basket of cool gadgets and books, valued at $2,000.
This is wholesome, fun reading for your girls, and lots of it. The series has 24 books planned, so those that enjoy the first installation will have more to look forward to. Also, there is a readers and retail store contest from January to August 2010. Details about the contest or the series itself can be found at http://www.campclubgirls.com. The next book in the series is Sydney's D.C. Discovery.
I enjoyed this mystery very much. It was cute and funny, but with enough twists and suspense to keep me reading. The girls are very believable. They are good, sweet girls, but not perfect. They do a good job at camp, but they aren't above sneaking around to investigate or hide a puppy. Tweens and young teens will relate to the girls, and hopefully learn to think before they judge others too. I also like how much Scripture Brumbaugh quotes. The girls must memorize Scripture as part of the competition at the end of camp, and Brumbaugh does a good job showing how the verses relate to the girls' lives. The mystery aspect is very similar to the Nancy Drew books, but Brumbaugh acknowledges it, as the girls are always saying, "Nancy Drew would do this," or "Nancy Drew would say that."
Related Product: 9781607423164
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
160Pages / Publication Date: 20100101
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Subject: JUV028000-JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories,