Hope Dalvay and her Debut Middle-Grade Novel ‘Welcome To Camp Fill-In-The-Blank’
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The 5th in our ‘I Read Canadian’ series of author spotlights is Hope Dalvay and her debut middle-grade novel ‘Welcome To Camp Fill-In-The-Blank’ published by Acorn Press. #IReadCanadian Every young Canadian should have access to Canadian books. For a chance to win a signed copy of this fun read and a friendship bracelet made by the author, see our pinned post on Facebook. The draw will take place Sunday, January 31st.
Fourteen-year-old Page (without the letter “i”) lives a perfectly organized life, and she likes it like that. That all changes when her parents send her to Prince Edward Island, Canada, to babysit her cousins Crusoe and Danger (those are their real names) for the summer. Her cousins are less than thrilled about the arrangement. The boys feel they are too old to have a babysitter—they would rather be at summer camp. Page realizes the solution to the problem is to give her cousins exactly what they want: summer camp in their own backyard. Despite Page’s meticulous efforts to plan a different theme for each week of Camp Fill-in-the-Blank, she quickly learns that life with her cousins rarely goes according to plan.
“Daydreaming- I like imagining myself as a character in the books I read and the movies I watch. If the book or movie has an unhappy ending, I have the habit of changing it to a happy one. My philosophy is that life is too short to read books or watch movies that are all doom and gloom.” pg 17 Welcome to Camp Fill-In-The-Blank by Hope Dalvay.
Five stars plus. My 12-year-old son and I read this out loud together. What a fun story!!! It was the perfect middle-grade late summer read. It was a fast-paced and laugh-out-loud entertaining novel with just enough learning facts about our smallest province, to be educational to boot. My son says he would love to attend Camp Fill-in-the-Blank with all the different fun themes and activity ideas. He also wants to go back to Charlottetown to see some of the things mentioned in the scavenger hunt the kids did in the story, that we never knew about. There was also just enough suspense in places that my son was jumping in with guesses as to what would happen next. He is also positive that there is a sequel in the works and we can’t wait until it comes out. Sue Slade Goodreads August 2020