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Camel Lot: A Misplaced Adventure Kindle Edition

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Length: 21 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1792 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Karen Jones; 2 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G9H5XQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen began her writing career creating poems for handmade birthday cards at work. Later she started a story as part of a 1,000 word homeschool contest. Being rather chatty, she found it difficult to stay anywhere near 1,000 words and gave up. A few years later, she finished that story and it became her first children's book.

She would love to say that her children's stories come from a finely-honed understanding of the hearts and minds of children. But in actuality, they bubble up out of a childish imagination she never grew out of. Her short stories and novels also come from that imagination with a little bit of life experience thrown in. Karen often writes about events directly from her life but not before she has pounded and twisted them almost beyond recognition.

Karen lives with her husband, teenaged daughter, mean Chihuahua, and a cat named Fitch, in a rural area of Indiana. They long for the beach and plan to move to Santa Monica one day. Especially the Chihuahua, who finds the winters in Indiana far too cold.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By brianpjenkins on June 15, 2011
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I just read your book. Wonderful work, Karen. This will be read to my grandchildren. Great for stirring up pleasant dreams in the minds of kids at bedtime. Illustrates how kids work things out better than adults sometimes. Great understanding of how kids think. Beautiful illustrations and great descriptions of the garden and the kids.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fuji Ninja on July 2, 2011
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A wonderful children's short story that sets the basis for a world that can be both cute and intelligent. It is simple and elegant in the style and yet does not condescend to children, but rather uses diction that can be relevant to all ages. The lighthearted tone points to the wonderful gifts of childhood imagination and can set minds aflutter. The mystery that gets introduced (the neighborhood boy, the tomcat, and even pink unicorns) all lay the fantastical yet cerebral stage that is mischievous children at play.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Pierce on October 7, 2011
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I wanted to like this, I really did. The premise is adorable, and I love a good children's fantasy. The characters are cute and lively and young readers will most likely associate well with the children in this story.

That said, I'm dismayed the author didn't use an editor of any worth. I understand grammatical mistakes and usage errors are made in the writing process, but these really aught to be ironed out before releasing a written piece for publication. The tense shift was was so distracting. When a story starts out in the past tense and then arbitrarily jumps to the present tense, only to be followed a page further by more past tense, I get the sense that the work didn't receive the level of proofreading and editing it needed. Please, pick a tense and stick with it for the sake of continuity.

I would love to read a cleaned up version of this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 26, 2012
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The text is full of run on sentences; a single sentence should not have four commas and multiple subjects. The writing style is stilted and overthought. I get the sense that the author made an effort to embellish for the sake of embellishment. Good writing is clear writing with an occasional flourish for effect, so key passages will stand out. This story's approach is to overcomplicate most sentences so that a few mundane lines stand out in comparison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady Ness-a, in-transit on October 17, 2011
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Artie, Lance and Gwen are told by their Mom to go out and play. Feeling adventurous, they decide to play in their mother's walled garden, a place they aren't allowed to enter alone. Dubbing the garden "Camel lot", after a fairytale heard on TV, it becomes their magical kingdom for the afternoon.

A cute story for young grade schoolers, the parallels to a story more familiar to adults will charm older readers as well. There are the few inevitable grammar errors, but they are relatively minor. I would love to see this as a fully-illustrated children's book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on October 3, 2011
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When Artie, Lance and Gwen were instructed to go outside and play, they struggled to think of fun things to do. Five-year-old Gwen suggested that they play in their mother's garden. They were NEVER allowed to play in the garden without permission. They decided that the forbidden garden would be the perfect place to spend the afternoon.
The children decided the garden would be a magical kingdom named "Camel Lot". Artie was the king, Lance was a knight and Gwen was the princess. The children soon realized that they were not alone in the garden. Gwen got an unexpected push as she sat on the garden swing. Gwen's brothers were determined to get to the bottom of this prank. They were shocked when they found a lonely neighbor boy in Camel Lot.

I read this book on my Kindle and took a look at the color illustrations on my Kindle for PC application. This book has six short chapters and 6 color illustrations. The illustrations feature scenes from around the garden.
This book is appropriate for children in grades 2 - 4 and could be used as a read-aloud for younger children.
I enjoyed the daring and imaginative spirits of these children. This is a wonderful example of kids having fun without expensive toys, a television or a video game. The mysterious visitor in the garden brings an element of suspense to the story. I would love to see a picture of the children in this story. The garden illustrations were good but it just seems like something is missing. A few more illustrations would make this good book a great book.
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