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The Princess Diaries meets Harriet the Spy when Abby—the most ordinary girl in the world—finds herself undercover at a summer camp for famous kids. From acclaimed author Jennifer Blecher, Camp Famous is an accessible and fun summertime adventure about fitting in, being brave, and letting others see who you truly are. Camp Famous is pitch-perfect for anyone who loves Disney The Princess Diaries meets Harriet the Spy when Abby—the most ordinary girl in the world—finds herself undercover at a summer camp for famous kids. From acclaimed author Jennifer Blecher, Camp Famous is an accessible and fun summertime adventure about fitting in, being brave, and letting others see who you truly are. Camp Famous is pitch-perfect for anyone who loves Disney’s Camp Rock. Eleven-year-old Abby Herman is beyond excited that her parents are letting her go to summer camp for the first time ever. Maybe camp will be the place she’ll finally find what she’s always wanted: a best friend. But—surprise!—she’s not going to just any summer camp, she’s going to Camp Famous, the one exclusively for famous kids escaping the spotlight. Desperate to fit in with the pop stars, princesses, and geniuses, Abby creates a fake identity as a famous author. Everything goes as planned: the other girls welcome her, she participates in camp activities, and she even inspires a pop star! But as camp comes to a close, Abby finds herself torn between who she has pretended to be and who she truly is.


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The Princess Diaries meets Harriet the Spy when Abby—the most ordinary girl in the world—finds herself undercover at a summer camp for famous kids. From acclaimed author Jennifer Blecher, Camp Famous is an accessible and fun summertime adventure about fitting in, being brave, and letting others see who you truly are. Camp Famous is pitch-perfect for anyone who loves Disney The Princess Diaries meets Harriet the Spy when Abby—the most ordinary girl in the world—finds herself undercover at a summer camp for famous kids. From acclaimed author Jennifer Blecher, Camp Famous is an accessible and fun summertime adventure about fitting in, being brave, and letting others see who you truly are. Camp Famous is pitch-perfect for anyone who loves Disney’s Camp Rock. Eleven-year-old Abby Herman is beyond excited that her parents are letting her go to summer camp for the first time ever. Maybe camp will be the place she’ll finally find what she’s always wanted: a best friend. But—surprise!—she’s not going to just any summer camp, she’s going to Camp Famous, the one exclusively for famous kids escaping the spotlight. Desperate to fit in with the pop stars, princesses, and geniuses, Abby creates a fake identity as a famous author. Everything goes as planned: the other girls welcome her, she participates in camp activities, and she even inspires a pop star! But as camp comes to a close, Abby finds herself torn between who she has pretended to be and who she truly is.

30 review for Camp Famous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Of Pens and Swords

    Camp Famous follows Abby Herman, and eleven-year-old who has always had trouble fitting in at school. After one particularly bad incident that ends with her crying at recess, her teacher arranges for her to go to a sleepaway camp run by her brother. Abby doesn't know until she gets on the plane that she's actually going to Camp Famous, a camp run exclusively for famous kids who need a break from publicity. There, she lies and says that she is a famous author in an attempt to fit in with the othe Camp Famous follows Abby Herman, and eleven-year-old who has always had trouble fitting in at school. After one particularly bad incident that ends with her crying at recess, her teacher arranges for her to go to a sleepaway camp run by her brother. Abby doesn't know until she gets on the plane that she's actually going to Camp Famous, a camp run exclusively for famous kids who need a break from publicity. There, she lies and says that she is a famous author in an attempt to fit in with the others, but, as she grows closer and closer to the people there, finds it hard to strike a balance between being herself and maintaining her persona. Abby is painfully relatable. I've had to go through the experience of not having any friends at school several times in my life, and so many of her fears and insecurities feel realistic. She doesn't have much of a personality, which I suppose is meant to be part of her "ordinariness," but other than that was fairly likable. I particularly enjoyed her character development and watching her become more secure with her growing friendships at camp. I enjoyed reading about all of the side characters. Abby's best friend at camp, Bells, (short for Princess Isabella Victoria, an actual princess) is definitely my favorite. I also appreciated the presence of Oliver, a U.F.C. (unrecognizable famous camper; he's a journalist who writes under a pseudonym) who goes to Abby's school, who, though famous himself, knows Abby as she truly is, and is always there to remind her that she's still likable just the way she actually is. I particularly liked the way in which the book delved into all of the individual fears and backstories of the individual characters and how those affect them; it felt very natural and made the entire story feel more real. There isn't much of a plot; it is definitely more of a character-driven book, primarily exploring Abby's character development rather than being overly concerned with individual plot points, which I appreciated. I really like the camp setting; I never enjoyed sleepaway camps much myself, but I always like them as settings for books. The book does get into some interesting questions about the effects of fame on children and the ethics of them being forced into that lifestyle. This particularly came up with Bells, who, as a princess, has always been famous, and Hazel, the daughter of an influencer mom, whose mother has shared images and stories about her on the Internet for nearly her entire life without her consent. I wish that the book had been a little longer so that those ideas could be fleshed out a bit more, but I enjoyed what elements of them were present. My one criticism would be that the pacing of the plot felt very strange sometimes; the first few days and the last few days of camp were covered, as well as the times on either end of it, but the entire middle was completely skimmed over, which seemed to skip over some of Abby's character development as well. While definitely not something that makes or breaks the book, I do think that fleshing out the middle more (and maybe using that to dive deeper into the aspects of the book dealing with the effects of fame) would strengthen the narrative a lot. Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I'm giving it four stars. Abby is a relatable narrator with a very hopeful character arc about self-acceptance and being true to who you are, and I think she's a valuable protagonist for middle-grade readers to be exposed to. It would be a great summer read, considering its sleepaway camp setting, and I would recommend it to anybody who struggles with friendships, who is going to sleepaway camp, or who just needs to learn to accept themselves for who they are, rather than who they think they need to be to fit in. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Abby is finishing up fifth grade, and has had trouble fitting in with the other girls. When one incident on the playground ends with her crying in front of her favorite teacher, Ms. McIntyre. Even though one girl, Marin, tries to be nice to her, she frequently is picked on by Quinn. Abby occasionally can avoid the girls, and her parents send her to her grandmother for her birthday, so she doesn't have to be embarrassed when no one comes to her party, but she longs E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Abby is finishing up fifth grade, and has had trouble fitting in with the other girls. When one incident on the playground ends with her crying in front of her favorite teacher, Ms. McIntyre. Even though one girl, Marin, tries to be nice to her, she frequently is picked on by Quinn. Abby occasionally can avoid the girls, and her parents send her to her grandmother for her birthday, so she doesn't have to be embarrassed when no one comes to her party, but she longs to have a best friend. She's asked to go to summer camp for a long time, but her parents always say it is too expensive. After the incident on the playground, her parents have a meeting with Ms. McIntyre that seems suspicious; no one has a parent meeting just to hear that their student is doing well. Soon, she learns that she is going to Camp Summerah, which Ms. McIntyre's brother runs. It's pretty posh, and Abby is soon on a plane to the camp, which she learns at the last minute is actually a camp for famous children who want to have ordinary lives for a change. One of her classmates, Oliver, is actually a famous reporter on children's issues, and after talking to him, Abby decides that she will pretend to be a famous writer of children's books in order to fit in better. Mr. McIntyre started the camp because he was a child star himself. Abby is in a cabin with Bells, who is a princess, Hazel, whose mother makes money taking pictures of Hazel and blogging about her life, Shira, who is a brilliant mathematical mind, and Willa, who is a ballet dancer who doesn't even want to be at the camp. There are other famous kids as well, including singer Kai Carter, who is very popular at Abby's school. Abby gets along well with the girls in her cabin, and she and Bella becomes especially good friends. She has a pleasant relationship with Kai, and enjoys all the sleep away camp activities. When she makes the other girls angry, she asks to leave camp, and goes to stay with her grandmother. Will Abby ever learn to make and keep good friends? Strengths: Abby's desire to have a good friends and to fit in with her peers is a universal one, and the chance to reinvent herself in a different setting is something young readers will enjoy reading about. I appreciated the fact that Marin was generally nice to Abby, but influenced by Quinn to be mean. Celebrity always has a certain appeal to young readers, so Abby's opportunity to rub elbows with the famous and influential is appealing wish fulfillment. There are lots of great details about activities at camp, and a realistic amount of tension and friend drama. This would make a fantastic beach read for a lot of tweens! Weaknesses: It seemed odd that the camp would allowe her to leave and fly her to her grandmother's, but then, it is a camp for children used to getting their way. What I really think: I really enjoyed this one, and it's a great camp book to add to titles like Rhuday-Perkovich's It Doesn't Take a Genius, Sloan and Wolitzer's To Night Owl from Dogfish, Palma's The Popularity Pact: Camp Clique: Book One and Tan's Summer at Meadow Wood.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Jennifer Blecher has amazing insight into the insecurities of kids in those awkward transitions years. Abby is completely relatable to every awkward 11 year old (or former 11 year old) who struggled to understand social cues and fit in with the "popular" kids. When Abby goes to sleepaway camp, she has the opportunity to reinvent herself and make new friends, but she takes it a step too far. Lessons are learned about friendships and what it means to not just make friends, but to be a true friend. Jennifer Blecher has amazing insight into the insecurities of kids in those awkward transitions years. Abby is completely relatable to every awkward 11 year old (or former 11 year old) who struggled to understand social cues and fit in with the "popular" kids. When Abby goes to sleepaway camp, she has the opportunity to reinvent herself and make new friends, but she takes it a step too far. Lessons are learned about friendships and what it means to not just make friends, but to be a true friend. A definite recommend for any middle school classroom library! Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Thank you to Greenwillow Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! An ordinary girl attending a summer camp for famous kids instantly drew me in. What a fun summer camp story about friendship and being your true self! It was easy to relate to Abby and her desire to fit in, be accepted, and make friends easily as everybody else. The difference between Abby and the other kids presents a compelling juxtaposition of perception versus reality. Abby feels compelled to lie about her identity i Thank you to Greenwillow Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! An ordinary girl attending a summer camp for famous kids instantly drew me in. What a fun summer camp story about friendship and being your true self! It was easy to relate to Abby and her desire to fit in, be accepted, and make friends easily as everybody else. The difference between Abby and the other kids presents a compelling juxtaposition of perception versus reality. Abby feels compelled to lie about her identity in order to fit in. She already has preconceived notions about celebrities and is adamant that pretending to be a famous writer will help her chances of making friends. Minus the lying, Abby’s actions are genuine I liked getting to know some of the other campers. At Camp Famous, these kids are getting the summer camp experience and a break from the spotlight and people who think they know them but actually don’t. For a few secluded weeks, these famous children can be their true selves. To just breathe and be kids. I felt bad for one girl in Abby’s cabin whose mother has clearly been exploiting her for fame and fortune without her consent. The reality these child celebrities display is that they are still just like other kids with thoughts, feelings, and wishes. Slowly, Abby begins to see this in her interactions and discussions with them. I think it also helped that there’s variety in what each camper is famous for that kids of today connect to (i.e., inventing slime, viral dances). I would love to read a story of how Abby navigates her new friendships with famous people in the real world. The ending was great and I think set up the right conditions for a sequel. Camp Famous was endearing, enjoyable, and unputdownable!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    Abby is an 11-year old girl that doesn’t quite seem to fit in at school. She thought she had a best friend but then it turned out not to be true and then she starts to have humiliating experiences on the playground with being picked on by mean classmates. If only should could go away to summer camp as she always dreamed. Maybe at camp she could find friends that like her just as she is? Well, with the help of her teacher and parents Abby’s dream comes true. She is going away to camp for three wh Abby is an 11-year old girl that doesn’t quite seem to fit in at school. She thought she had a best friend but then it turned out not to be true and then she starts to have humiliating experiences on the playground with being picked on by mean classmates. If only should could go away to summer camp as she always dreamed. Maybe at camp she could find friends that like her just as she is? Well, with the help of her teacher and parents Abby’s dream comes true. She is going away to camp for three whole weeks! And then she is surprised to find out that the camp is for famous kids!! OMG how will she do this?! She isn’t famous! She’s just a regular girl who doesn’t fit in at a normal school! She freaks out but then once she starts camp she learns that even the famous kids are relatable and she discovers that she can make friends by being herself. This funny and honest and heartwarming story was a pleasure to read and I think will be a good one for those struggling to learn that it’s okay to yourself even when you’d rather be someone else. That’s a lesson to keep on learning no matter your age.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MookNana

    Abby is trapped in that awkward period of time between the end of elementary school and the beginning of middle school and she's having trouble fitting in and making friends. She's dreamed of going to summer camp and when a sympathetic teacher helps make that happen, Abby has no idea she'll be thrust into a surreal situation where she's the only "normal" kid at an ultra-exclusive camp for children who are celebrities. Who could Abby be if she was given a chance to start over with all these ultra Abby is trapped in that awkward period of time between the end of elementary school and the beginning of middle school and she's having trouble fitting in and making friends. She's dreamed of going to summer camp and when a sympathetic teacher helps make that happen, Abby has no idea she'll be thrust into a surreal situation where she's the only "normal" kid at an ultra-exclusive camp for children who are celebrities. Who could Abby be if she was given a chance to start over with all these ultra-cool famous kids? This was a quick, easy read that held my attention. It really explored the ideas of identity, fame, friendship, and pressures and had a great message about embracing yourself for who you are. While Abby spends time and enjoys friendship with a couple of boys, there is no romantic plot, which is refreshing. The entire story is devoted to Abby coming into herself and that's a great thing for young people to read! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaela Noel

    Jennifer Blecher is brilliant at rendering authentic, humorous middle grade voices in books that truly speak to kids. She is a master at depicting character and conflict, from the dialogue to the specifics of the friendship dynamics. Her characters are so vivid and realistic it’s almost uncomfortable at times—as a reader you feel everything they are going through, including the embarrassing and upsetting moments. But she also manages to inject optimism (and lots of humor!) into the bleakest situ Jennifer Blecher is brilliant at rendering authentic, humorous middle grade voices in books that truly speak to kids. She is a master at depicting character and conflict, from the dialogue to the specifics of the friendship dynamics. Her characters are so vivid and realistic it’s almost uncomfortable at times—as a reader you feel everything they are going through, including the embarrassing and upsetting moments. But she also manages to inject optimism (and lots of humor!) into the bleakest situations, and her characters develop and grow in gripping and believable ways. CAMP FAMOUS is my favorite Blecher book yet. It’s not only emotionally complex, it’s FUN. A great summer (or any time of the year!) read. Teachers, librarians—you want this one on your shelves. I’m convinced it will be a big hit. Parents—this is a great book for the 9 & up crowd who want a fast-paced, wonderfully written story about an ordinary girl thrown into a bizarre situation that leads her to a better understanding of herself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Thank you to #NetGalley, Jennifer Blecher, and the publisher for the eARC copy of "Camp Famous" in exchange for an honest review. "Camp Famous" fallows Abby Herman who has always struggled fitting in at school. After a difficult recess issue causes Abby to cry, her teacher and parents decide it's time for her to go to sleepaway camp (which is also something Abby has always wanted to do.). So off Abby goes to the camp that is run by her teacher's brother. What Abby doesn't know about Camp Famous t Thank you to #NetGalley, Jennifer Blecher, and the publisher for the eARC copy of "Camp Famous" in exchange for an honest review. "Camp Famous" fallows Abby Herman who has always struggled fitting in at school. After a difficult recess issue causes Abby to cry, her teacher and parents decide it's time for her to go to sleepaway camp (which is also something Abby has always wanted to do.). So off Abby goes to the camp that is run by her teacher's brother. What Abby doesn't know about Camp Famous though is that it's a camp for famous kids to go and get away from the spotlight. Will Abby be able to fit in or will she be stuck in the same rut she was at school? I LOVED THIS BOOK! I liked that it taught lessons about friendship (both good and bad). I think this would be a great read for any upper elementary or early middle school student. I look forward to recommending it to students at my school.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Camp Famous is about a girl named Abby who is just finishing up 5th grade. She is having a hard time fitting in and finding her group of friends. She has always wanted to go to summer camp but her parents have always said no. This year they have changed their minds. However Abby doesn't know that she is actually going to a summer camp that is for famous kids. While she is there she learns that being herself is truly the way to make friends. This story was such an uplifting story for middle grade Camp Famous is about a girl named Abby who is just finishing up 5th grade. She is having a hard time fitting in and finding her group of friends. She has always wanted to go to summer camp but her parents have always said no. This year they have changed their minds. However Abby doesn't know that she is actually going to a summer camp that is for famous kids. While she is there she learns that being herself is truly the way to make friends. This story was such an uplifting story for middle grade kids. I have a 10 year old daughter who I will be passing this book to. Thank you Netgalley and GreenWillow Books for the ARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. I love when I read a book and instantly think of a student who I just know will love this back. And by the 3rd page I know which student was going to absolutely fall in love with Abby and her story! This is a fun middle grade book with a premise that will engage readers, with a main character that is very relatable. Not only is it a fun premise to imagine...getting to hang out with famous kids...the book a With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. I love when I read a book and instantly think of a student who I just know will love this back. And by the 3rd page I know which student was going to absolutely fall in love with Abby and her story! This is a fun middle grade book with a premise that will engage readers, with a main character that is very relatable. Not only is it a fun premise to imagine...getting to hang out with famous kids...the book also tackles friendship, which is a big part of life for middle grade readers. My heart broke for Abby when she talked about making herself small in the hopes of repairing a friendship.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    Camp Famous by Jennifer Blecher is a heartwarming middle grade book about a "normal" girl who discovers that the best way to be happy and make friends is to be herself. Ironically, it took her going to a camp for famous kids that makes her realize it. Filled with the excitement of an exclusive sleep-away camp combined with tween angst and the desire to fit in, this journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is sure to become a favorite! Advanced copy provided courtesy of the publisher via NetG Camp Famous by Jennifer Blecher is a heartwarming middle grade book about a "normal" girl who discovers that the best way to be happy and make friends is to be herself. Ironically, it took her going to a camp for famous kids that makes her realize it. Filled with the excitement of an exclusive sleep-away camp combined with tween angst and the desire to fit in, this journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is sure to become a favorite! Advanced copy provided courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Touching middle grade novel that tugged at my heartstrings. Just like Abby in Camp Famous, my daughter is also an 11-year-old 5th grader on the cusp of middle school who, like most if not all kids her age, struggles with big changes, fitting in, and how to navigate life. I thought the author did a nice job of accurately and intelligently portraying these issues in a way that is accessible to kids. As a mom, I appreciated the gentle honesty and vulnerability of the book. Thank you to NetGalley for Touching middle grade novel that tugged at my heartstrings. Just like Abby in Camp Famous, my daughter is also an 11-year-old 5th grader on the cusp of middle school who, like most if not all kids her age, struggles with big changes, fitting in, and how to navigate life. I thought the author did a nice job of accurately and intelligently portraying these issues in a way that is accessible to kids. As a mom, I appreciated the gentle honesty and vulnerability of the book. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    Universal theme of shy, awkward girl trying to fit in, find a best friend. When Abby finally gets her long held wish to go to sleep away camp, will she be able to make a best friend there? Fun, summer beach type read for the MG crowd. Gotta love the most popular girl at school, Marin, who we know actually must be nice since she “always returned the book with no creased pages, and if she loved the story, she hugged the book before giving it back.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Meno

    Compelling plot kept me turning the pages. I even stayed up late on a school night to finish this one. The characters were very likable and believable. Readers in grades 4-6 will really connect with the characters. The author successfully navigates the struggle kids in this age group face with friendships and identity in a way that to the point but also very light. The story is a good balance of tension and humor.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Such a sweet book that explores all those tween girl feelings of not fitting in and not feeling adequate enough. I loved the camp setting and would have liked to see a bit more of it. I did think the ending was a bit abrupt, and there was no diversity even hinted at in the book, which always makes me uncomfortable, but oh well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thank you Netgalley and Greenwillow Books for the gifted book! This was a fun and quick middle grade read about an ordinary girl who feels like an outsider ending up at a summer camp for famous kids. She lies and says she's famous too to fit in. Along the way she learns what it really means to fit in, finds out how to be a real friend, and gets an idea of what being famous entails. Thank you Netgalley and Greenwillow Books for the gifted book! This was a fun and quick middle grade read about an ordinary girl who feels like an outsider ending up at a summer camp for famous kids. She lies and says she's famous too to fit in. Along the way she learns what it really means to fit in, finds out how to be a real friend, and gets an idea of what being famous entails.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    My 12yo daughter and I devoured an early copy of CAMP FAMOUS, thanks to the author and publisher. Jennifer Blecher strikes the perfect balance between a fanciful story that will keep readers turning the pages, and a deeper exploration of character. We hope to see a sequel that brings us back to the world of these characters!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brown

    This was such a sweet middle grade read. I really enjoy reading something intended for younger audiences as a palate cleanser of sorts between heavier titles, and this one fit the bill, especially with its summery vibes. Very fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    It was okay. Not a fan of the audio and that might sway what I think of the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    Sweet story about a girl who struggles to make friends becoming more confident in herself after spending 3 weeks at a camp for famous kids.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Cute story about the school outcast being sent to a very secret camp for extremely famous kids, one where they can be "normal" for a short while. Having worked with children who are famous, that feeling of normalcy is important. Having said that, there's nothing else that's new about the story. Still, for middle grade readers who feel as though they're not fitting in and have no (or few) friends this would be a fun read. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss. Cute story about the school outcast being sent to a very secret camp for extremely famous kids, one where they can be "normal" for a short while. Having worked with children who are famous, that feeling of normalcy is important. Having said that, there's nothing else that's new about the story. Still, for middle grade readers who feel as though they're not fitting in and have no (or few) friends this would be a fun read. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dassori

    Camp Famous is one of those books that makes you beam and cringe on the same page as you get immersed in Abby's cusp-of-middle school journey. I adored it! Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC. Camp Famous is one of those books that makes you beam and cringe on the same page as you get immersed in Abby's cusp-of-middle school journey. I adored it! Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Melcher

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tally Klinefelter

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Workman

  29. 4 out of 5

    TJL

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patti Barker

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