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Author: Miller, Kayla
Olive is sure she'll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow--but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows--Olive. The stress of being Willow's living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long, the girls aren't just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out?
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 501943
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 06/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Olive and Willow go to sleepaway camp together, but will they still be best friends when they return? Olive (first introduced in Miller's Click) easily befriends fellow campers, but Willow is more reserved and becomes jealous of Olive's new pals. Willow is soon demanding all of Olive's attention, and Olive, in turn, grows resentful. Readers will love the depiction of realistic friendship drama and the fun camp setting. Camp counselors intervene when necessary, but both girls show a lot of growth by the end of the story as lessons are learned and friendships healed. The activities will make readers wish they were at camp, too, especially at the end of the book when groups team up to film a Rube Goldberg machine for a music video. Expressive cartoon artwork is eye-catching and brings the setting to life. Olive and Willow are both white, but racial diversity is well represented among the campers. VERDICT Hand to patrons looking for something after Raina Telgemeier's Smile or Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl. For every library.–Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library, IN - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2019 Olive and Willow head off to camp, and while Olive has no problems making new friends and getting along with the other kids, Willow starts feeling abandoned. It all comes to a head and they fight over things like Willow being clingy and antisocial or Olive paying more attention to her new friends than to her, going as far as breaking their newly made friendship bracelets. Of course, this story has a feel-good ending, and everyone comes to their senses, while learning a few things about themselves along the way. Like Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl (2015), this is a great example of how you can be friends with someone who is into totally different things. Camp Acorn Lake is a positive environment where the kids are encouraged to explore what they like, and the counselors are written in such a clever way, showing the reader how they are always coming up with compromises and solutions that ensure everyone is happy. Fans of the first book, Click (2018), will especially appreciate this all-around excellent summer read. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.