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Little Blog on the Prairie

by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Published by Bloomsbury, 2010
276 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59990-286-9

Ages 10 - 14

Teenage Gen is spending the summer with her family at Camp Frontier. Participants agree to live off the grid and on the land like pioneers. But Gen has snuck a cell phone in and is texting her friends back home about the absurdity of the experience. (ďHelp. Iím dressed up like an American Girl doll minus the fashion sense.Ē) Camp was supposed to be a bonding experience for Genís family, but the struggle of even simple tasks and the competition among camp families is causing more stress than togetherness. Even Genís crush on Caleb, a boy from another family, is complicated: the teenage daughter of the campís owners seems to like him too. Then Gen discovers the ownersí secret shack. The history purists have a computer with Internet access and a fridge stocked with soda. Now Gen can recharge her phone and text even more scathing perspectives on Camp Frontier. But one of Genís friends has been posting her texts on a blog, and readership is about to skyrocket. Cathleen Davitt Bell starts with a hilarious premise and develops it into a story that offers astute observations about human behavior at the best and worst of times. A subplot involving a reality TV show is over the top but ultimately doesnít detract from the genuine humor, as well as the insightful story about family at the novelís core.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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