Camp Dork by Beth VrabelCamp Dork by Beth Vrabel

Camp Dork

byBeth Vrabel

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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The pack of dorks heads to camp-and this time the bully they face might just be one of their own.

Sheldon convinces Lucy, Sam, April, and Amanda to join him at Camp Paleo. Like cavemen, the campers are going to have to make do without air conditioning, and they'll dig for fossils during the day. And Grandma's coming too-as the lunch lady for the camp next door.

But Sam backs out at the last minute to attend a gymnastics camp instead. Lucy wonders why she misses him so much-it's not like he's her boyfriend. Why does the word "boyfriend" make her blush? She needs a distraction.

Enter Mr. Bosserman, the grouchy camp leader who won't budge on the camp's caveman theme. The old man needs some softening up, and Lucy knows just the person for the job: Grandma.

One successful match made, Lucy starts to see potential lovebirds everywhere. But when the wrong campers pair up, the pack falls apart, all under the watchful eye of a secret blogger who's been writing about the camp's activities. Even worse? A thief is targeting everyone but Lucy, setting her up to look guilty. Soon Lucy finds herself alone, left to fix the messes she's made. If she fails, the pack may be splintered for good.

Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans -- becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater -- didn't come to fruition, she stuck...
Title:Camp DorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Sky Pony PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634501810

ISBN - 13:9781634501811


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great series for a fun read A sequel to Pack of Dorks, this nerd squad is now going to Camp Paleo. When Lucy finds herself missing Sam she decides to try her hand at matchmaking. The problem is she is not very good at it and eventually alienates the people she most cares about. She also finds herself being set up as the camp thief. This fun story about friendship and fitting in will appeal to ages eight to 12.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and Realistic! 4.5 stars A Blind Guide to Normal is a realistically rich tale about struggling with emotions and how to cope with the things we have to live with. It is an adventure of emotions, one's self, and how to cope, with characters that will keep you laughing even when you want to cry. Ryder is fourteen and he wants to be normal, so he convinces his parents to let him go to a normal public school instead of a school for the blind. Plans don't always work out how you expect them to, but is it always such a bad thing? Since nothing really happened as he expected, Ryder was forced to start feeling his anger and frustration about the unfairness of his situation. He lashed out and broke down, did some pretty bad things, and figured out a way to cope. This is his journey, this is how he heals. He isn't always the best person and he doesn't always want to deal with things, and this just makes his character more real and flawed. It was easy to connect with his emotions, though not his situation, which allowed us to really delve into his character so we could understand just how deep his pain ran. Ryder's story is compelling, eye-opening, and worth reading. Jocelyn is also a strong character. Despite her guilt and torment, she fights back and makes sure to laugh and smile. She is fierce, brave, and also flawed. I love her character, but she makes mistakes like the rest of us and she doesn't always listen to others because she feels like they treat her like she's glass and she hates it. She learns how to cope with everything troubling her as well, and the growth of the characters is truly wonderful. The writing is simple but realistic, which makes it easy to fall into the story and understand the characters. You won't be able to help yourself from falling in love with Ryder, the sweet kid who refuses to do anything but joke around so no one has to feel bad. Simple in writing but rich in emotion. Overall, this is a lovely book I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-08

Editorial Reviews

"Vrabel has a rare talent for expressing the tenderness, frustration, awkwardness, confusion, and fun of growing up. VERDICT In Vrabel's capable hands, the ups and downs of adolescence shine through with authenticity and humor." —School Library Journal"With good humor, Vrabel explores the pitfalls of emerging preteenhood. This quick read nonetheless effectively delves into interpersonal pitfalls that will be familiar to most older grade schoolers, and Lucy's developing insight may even provide a few hints for staying on the right path. Honest, funny, and entertaining." —Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Beth Vrabel and Pack of Dorks:“Lucy’s perfectly feisty narration, emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Pack of Dorks is the pack I want to join.” —Amanda Flower, author of Agatha Award nominee Andi Unexpected“Vrabel paints a realistic depiction of tween life, particularly its emotional confusion. Preteen readers will connect with Lucy’s personal struggles and be entertained by her disastrous attempts at camp life.” —Booklist