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From Publishers Weekly

A bit less satisfying than the Klises' Regarding the Fountain, this summer camp mystery employs the same roundabout storytelling style, unfolding its plot through an avalanche of letters, memos, menus, ledgers and legal documents. The premise is clever: Camp Happy Harmony, run by the six Harmony Family Singers, accepts siblings who constantly fight and turns them into happy brother-sister pairs. With an abundance of characters to keep straight, the author cooks up no-holds-barred caricatures and spoofs. Thus campers Barbie Q. and Brisket Roast, two bickering Texans who "fight like starving dogs over a T-bone," are joined by the snooty Brits Mimi and Ivan Gems and the very average Charlotte and Charlie Lee. It soon becomes apparent that the Harmony Singers are anything but a happy family, and the children set out to discover their not-so-nice secrets. The energetic string of documents that tell the story appear here on overactive spreads, seemingly designed to cater to the MTV generation's appetite for constant visual stimulation. On the whole this busy send-up offers easy entertainment: the humor is obvious but kid-friendly, the mystery simple yet fun to solve. Ages 8-12. (June)
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Grade 4-7Like the Klises Regarding the Fountain (Avon, 1998), this quirky, humorous novel is told through letters, memos, shopping receipts, ledger entries, post-its, and news articles. Three brother/sister pairs are signed up by their parents for a month at Camp Harmony, where they are to work on their inharmonious sibling relationships with the Harmonys, six over-the-hill siblings who were once a popular family singing act. Barbie Q. and Brisket Roast from Texas, Ivan and Mimi Gems from London, and Charlie and Charlotte Lee from Illinois quickly realize how strange the camp is, with its nonstop chores and terrible food. They also realize that the Harmonys dont really like one another. In fact, they seem to be trying to kill one another off. Ivan, an aspiring mystery writer, is in his element as the youngsters put aside their own squabbles, unite against the adults, and try to discover the truth. Ironically, in the process, the siblings learn to get along, just as the brochure promised. With copious black-and-white sketches, each page is a collage of written evidence through which the story unfolds not as a straightforward narrative, but rather piecemeal like a puzzle. The book has clearly drawn heroes and villains, lots of puns and knee-slapping shenanigans, and the illicit thrill of reading other peoples mail. A bit cute and chaotic, this novel will attract students with a wacky sense of humor who enjoy piecing together a mystery.Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When I was a young girl I looked forward to every book that Carolyn Keene wrote. As an adult, I was so taken by the format of the Dennis Wheatley books that allowed the reader to solve the mystery by offering physical and visual clues.I believe that Kate and M.Sarah Klise have found the right combination for exciting and visually engaging childrens' books.
The other day I saw "Letters From Camp" on my daughter's desk and asked if I could read it. What a clever,engaging,entertaining,visually stimulating,and thought-provoking book. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I turned each page not only to see how the drama played out but also to see what visual surprise awaited me next.
Each character was clearly defined in text and in visual aspects, so the plot exposition is a complete experience. Besides that,it was such fun to read and follow the absurd antics of the cast of characters. We all know that children do not like their parents' music, but this tale gave new meaning to generation gap.
I'm not sure what a 10 year old would say, but this 55 year old wished her camp experiences had been a bit more like those in "Letters From Camp"; excitement at every turn.
I will be purchasing several copies for my child's school library, so that they can enjoy this kookie camp experience as well as ordering several copies from amazon.com to share as gifts for my friends' children and cousins.
Because of TV, children grow up visually and mentally more sophisticated. I think that the Klise sisters have developed a type of presentation that is engaging in text and visually stimulating to children. Bravo to them both! Children can now be part of an adventure and participate in the unfolding of a sinister plot that has danger and intrigue, along with humor and a sort of tongue in cheek approach to being scared.
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I bought this for my 9 year old daughter who LOVES to read. When she opened it up, she said "okaaaay,,," as it sure wasn't written like a regular book. I bought it because of the great reviews and I'm glad I did. She has read it at LEAST 10 times. She loves it.
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This book is a great mystery for young children of ages 9-12. You will laugh as the 6 children tell you the tales of a month of camp at "Camp Happy Harmony." You can always count on a book like this to supply you with countless hours of laughter.
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I read the regarding series and really loved they way books were written and the style of telling a story through correspondence letters and new clippings. So I thought I would try other books that these sisters have done together.

They didn't disappoint! This book is fun and quirky just like the regarding series.

It's about a camp that's run by an old children's singing group (think Jackson 5 crossed with the mouseketeers), they are all Harmony family siblings (3 brothers, and 3 sisters). They are very old school and have wholesome songs about siblings that shouldn't be fighting. The camp they created has the goal of mending the ties between siblings that don't get along before it's too late for an everlasting bond between them. So at the beginning of the book you read letters from parents of 3 sets of brother and sister that aren't getting along. The parents mean well they want their kids to be friends and so they decide to send their children to this camp. Little do they know that the camp isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Well when they get to camp you will see that the Harmony family brothers and sisters don't exactly get along like how they portray themselves in their songs from 25 years ago. There is also a twist to the camp; you will have to read to find that out.

Even though I'm giving this book 5 stars, I don't think it's as good as the regarding series but they wrote this before the regarding series so I won't hold that against them.

Very fun and enjoyable book, it took me about 1.5-2 hours to read it through. I'm far older than the recommend age group but I feel it's very suitable for the recommend age group and older.
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I think Letters From Camp is an excellent book. This book is the second in a series of books written in the form of letters, notes, and postcards. In Letters From Camp, a group of brothers and sisters who don't get along very well go to a camp that's supposed to make them stop fighting. Instead, the counslers treat them like dirt. The kids try to send letters to their parents telling them to come and get them. In the letters, they explain that the counslers are feeding them awful food, and are trying to get rid of the only nice person, Lyle Splink. The letters aren't getting to their parents. While these top-notch siblings try to uncover the mystery, they learn how to treat each other respectfully and kindly. Both books in series are written with detail and surprises. I would highly recommend these books for kids 7 to 10.
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Letters from Camp is a book about a camp run by a musical family past its time. They advertize the camp as one that will teach siblings how to get along. 3 sets of siblings are sent to the camp. But they quickly find out the camp is more than what it seems. The musicians that advertize themselves as one big happy family are anything but. And where are the rides and games? Cleaning and working are the order of the day. But through each difficulty, the children learn to get along and band together to take care of themselves and to solve the mystery of what really is going on at Camp Harmony.

This book is unlike a typical novel. It is written as a series of letters, memos, and advertizements with illustrations on most pages. The story is a bit of a spoof on those overly happy and loving musical families from the 50s, 60s, and 70s (the Osmonds for example). The characters are very stereotypical (the hick cattle ranchers, the rich and posh family, and the I can't get enough of the Harmony Family Singers parents), but this fits well with the spoof aspect of the story. The mystery aspect was a mystery to the kids, but not the reader as the memos give the reader all of the inside information.

Because the story is written as a series of letters, etc. it makes for a quick read. In some places, however, the print was so tiny it was hard to read. Dorothy's handwriting was also hard to read. I would have liked to have seen a more spread out layout with fewer mini pictures. This would have made the book even easier and faster to read.

Overall a good and quick read for those who like more light hearted stories with a sense of the ridiculous.

Note: There are attempted murders, neglect of the children, and serious animosity between the adults. However, it is advertized for grades 4-7 which is appropriate.
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