Summer Camp Books

Camp-themed books are great for getting kids in the mood, easing pre-camp jitters, or providing a realistic -- or wildly imaginative -- setting for relationships to play out by a lake or under the stars. Whether it's a gamer stuck in nature, a spy kid learning espionage techniques, or teen girls with romance on their minds, the kids in these books are sure to entertain.

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Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom Book Poster Image
Funny diary of an 8-year-old worry wart braving summer camp.
By Rachel Vail
(2012)
(2012)
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My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet Book Poster Image
Fun, evilly funny mischief and pets at summer camp.
By Mo O’Hara
(2018)
(2018)
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A Clatter of Jars Book Poster Image
Quirky blend of magic, issues, recipes in summer camp tale.
By Lisa Graff
(2016)
(2016)
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Galaxy's Most Wanted, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Summer camp gets alien visitors in silly, fun adventure.
By John Kloepfer
(2014)
(2014)
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Roller Girl Book Poster Image
With girl power galore, graphic novel is great for tweens.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2015)
(2015)
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Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill Book Poster Image
Rafe goes to camp, faces bullying, copes with gross humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2013)
(2013)
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Applewhites at Wit's End Book Poster Image
Funny mayhem at creative family's unusual summer camp.
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(2012)
(2012)
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Be Prepared Book Poster Image
Smart, funny account of summer camp discomfort.
By Vera Brosgol
(2018)
(2018)
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The Goats Book Poster Image
Camp tale gives readers a lot to think about.
By Brock Cole
(2005)
(2005)
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Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Book Poster Image
Wacky, action-packed camp adventures promote girl power.
By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters
(2016)
(2015)
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Spy Camp: Spy School, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Smart teen spy sequel ups the action and explosions.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2013)
(2014)
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Bless the Beasts & Children Book Poster Image
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(2005)
(1970)
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The Other Normals Book Poster Image
Misfit gamer learns to connect in quirky dual-world fantasy.
By Ned Vizzini
(2012)
(2012)
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Dreams of Significant Girls Book Poster Image
Rich girls come of age in powerful book with mature themes.
By Cristina García
(2011)
(2011)
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