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Summary: Bean’s older sister Nancy is going to Girl Power Camp for spring break. Bean COULD go to puppet camp, but that’s for “babies.” So she and Ivy set up their own camp in Monkey Park. The activities are ironically “just like” the ones in Nancy’s camp, but somehow they don’t turn out the same. Book 9 in the lightly illustrated chapter book for developing readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud book, transitional reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 7 to 12
Reading Level: 3.4
Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Ivy and Bean are always welcome at our house, and our daughter loves reading - and laughing - about their adventures and perspectives on life.
Adult Reader Reaction: “Camp Flaming Arrow” is such an apropos camp name for Bean and Ivy … plenty of visual, plenty of irony. This is a book for the nonconformist conformists. The kids who, as a class, rebel against the dress code and all wear black! The story is funny, with laugh-out-loud moments, but also poignant. I loved the part at the end with Nancy visiting Camp Flaming Arrow. [No, I'm not giving away the ending!]
Pros: Whether you've never met Ivy and Bean or you are a long-time friend, there is plenty to enjoy in this summer camp saga.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Buy the whole set. Once you meet them, Ivy and Bean are destined to become a young reader's treasured friends
Educational Themes: Enjoy this book for the life lessons it imparts. There are pieces of the story you could pull out - making your own fun, feelings (admiration, jealousy), dealing with boredom (and sisters), among others.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. This book is in her personal library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, friendship, humor, middle grade series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.