Camp Outlook by Brenda BakerCamp Outlook by Brenda Baker

Camp Outlook

byBrenda Baker

Perfect | March 11, 2014

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Shannon is thrilled when her mom becomes pregnant. After years of hoping and praying, Shannon will be a big sister. They will be a normal, happy family. Shannon likes being normal. But when her baby brother is born, things do not go according to plan. God does not seem to be following the rules. And Shannon does something that is so out of character, not even she can explain it. Sent away to Camp Outlook, Shannon has several mysterious experiences, crushes on the student minister, and starts to re-consider how important being “normal” really is.
Brenda Baker, both a writer and performer, is best known as a singer for young audiences – she has recorded three CDs for kids. In 2005 Brenda founded Kids of Note, a choir for children with and without disabilities who love to sing. Brenda lives in Saskatoon with her husband, writer Arthur Slade, and their daughter.
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Title:Camp OutlookFormat:PerfectDimensions:256 pages, 7.48 × 5.25 × 0.72 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927583357

ISBN - 13:9781927583357

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Book for the Preteen Girl in Your Life This story is about Shannon, an 8th grader who gets sent off to summer camp because her parents are in crisis and need a break. The story is told with chapters alternating between the present at camp and flashbacks looking at what the crisis is and how it came about. This book is a fabulous look at trying to come to grips with unexpected changes and how it feels to be loving and supporting someone who is struggling with something. I enjoyed it. There is also some spiritual content to the book. I wouldn't classify it as Christian, but the main character thinks a lot about God and has a spiritual/mystical experience while at camp.
Date published: 2017-08-10

Editorial Reviews

Shannon is thrilled when her mom becomes pregnant. After years of hoping and praying, Shannon will be a big sister. They will be a normal, happy family. Shannon likes being normal. But when her baby brother is born, things do not go according to plan. God does not seem to be following the rules. And Shannon does something that is so out of character, not even she can explain it. Sent away to Camp Outlook, Shannon has several mysterious experiences, crushes on the student minister, and starts to re-consider how important being “normal” really is."Camp Outlook is a book that will make you smile "like you've swallowed the sun." It will also make your heart ache. Baker's brilliance as a writer is evident in every sentence. She tackles a tough situation with great sensitivity, infuses it with light and is never didactic. Shannon is one fiercely honest, funny, reflective, unsentimental character. Shipped away to church camp because her parents need some space, she unravels her tale. We fall a lot in love with her and the world she's discovering. This is simply one of the best books I've read in a very long time." - Sheree Fitch, author of The Gravesavers