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Camo Girl

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  823 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate –and public– fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight. Z’s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both. Z do ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Aladdin
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Maya Connell
Characters: Ella, Zacharie, Bailey.
Conflict: Ella has skin that is different shades in some places and is supposedly "ugly". Zacharie, or Z, lives in a fantasy world where everything is magical and unreal. Suddenly a new kid comes along and shows shows something to Ella that has never happened to her before.
Authors writing: It puts you on the side of the person being laughed at than the person laughing. It shows you the responsibility of having a best friend that doesn't come back to reality oft
Lesly Duran
May 12, 2016 Lesly Duran rated it it was amazing
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May 27, 2015 Frances rated it really liked it
Ella has been constantly bullied. Most of the bullying has been because of her face with different colors of brown. The common bully, Jonathan Hoffman, calls her "camo-face" or "came-girl." The other bullying is because she hangs out with a boy named "Z" who imagines reality into a fairytale. But that all changes when Bailey comes to school.

Bailey is the only other black kid, and in his company, Ella feels that she finally has a hot at being normal. However, Z and Bailey clash. As Z hates Bailey
Feb 07, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
The author of The Rock and the River returns with another amazing book. Ella is not part of the popular crowd at school. In fact, she is the lowest of the low. Teased by about her uneven skin coloring, some of her classmates call her Camo Face, Ella has trouble even looking at herself in the mirror. She has her best friend, Z, who has been her friend for many years, but Z is getting stranger and stranger, losing himself in stories and roles. Now there is a new boy at school, a boy who doesn’t se ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic-fic
Grades: 4-7
Awards: Caudill list 2016

Ella and Z have been friends for a long time. They are both outcasts in their Las Vegas suburban town. Ella is biracial and has a skin condition, hence the name the kids call her at school: Camo-girl. It is never explained what exactly Z is suffering from, but he is clearly suffering from a psychological disorder that causes him to live through a fantasy world. Ella's world changes when Bailey moves to town. Suddenly there is another African American in school
Ellie and Z are best friends bonded by being different and thus the target of a school bully. Z lives in an imaginary world while Ellie, the only African American at her school, has a mottled commplexion and is known as "camo girl." When new student Baily James arrives at school, Ellie is no longer the only African American. She and Baily forge a friendship that Z is not at all comfortable with. While Ellie like having a new friend and being accepted at the cools kids table, she feels an obligat ...more
Clara C
In this story Ella has mixed skin. She thinks she has everything figured out with Z her friend. Her x friend dose'nt hang out with her much. But all of that changes when Baily the new kid in school takes a fancy in her. She thinks she can handle the both of them. When she just relized whats always been there. Z is not totally ok. Z hates Baily for taking away Ella. The author wrote an incredible story. Packed with some lies a little adventure and knights.
Sep 07, 2016 Huma rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, it gave me an ache in my heart. Not because I was reading about a great and terrible love, but because how much I could relate to it.
The bullying, the self-confidence, the race issue, trying to be popular, accepting you aren't pretty but maybe attractive to someone. This book, is so well-crafted. If only I had found this four years ago...
Katie Lalor
Jan 03, 2016 Katie Lalor rated it liked it
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Mar 08, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: Magoon goes contemporary and gritty with this moving portrait of a girl who wants to fit in but can't abandon the only friend she had when she was unpopular.
Feb 28, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Typical coming of age/multi cultural book. There was a lot (maybe too much) going on in Ella's life that made her tricky to relate to as a character.
Sharon Purucker
Jan 12, 2017 Sharon Purucker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween
So good! Ella is a wonderful character! She is so good hearted taking care of her friend Z who is stuck in an imaginary world. Ella wants to fit in at school, but she gets bullied for her "camo" face. No matter what, Ella stands by Z even when a new boy comes to town showing interest in her! True friendship!
C. L.
I don't know if this was intentionally made as the modernized YA Don Quixote I've been waiting for my whole life, but that's what it turned out to be. Just so, so, so wrenching and wonderful. Read it now.
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Katrina Burchett
Feb 14, 2011 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
Z is different because he has a great imagination. Ella is different because she’s the only black student in the school. All they have is each other, the only two at a table in the cafeteria and no other kids to walk with after school. There used to be three of them, but, Millie, the girl they grew up with, went her own way after grade school and found a place among the popular crowd in middle school. Z doesn’t care about being popular, but Ella wouldn’t mind sitting with the popular kids at lun ...more
When I saw the title for the book I assumed I would be reading the story of a girl from a military family. But that is not what Camo Girl is. The camouflage in this book is both the pigment condition Ella has which causes her to have differently-pigmented shades of skin on her face AND the idea of being hidden from sight in a deeper way from the inside out. How do we hide from the reality in our lives that hurt or seem to hard to look at?

Ella is in middle school and has resigned herself to being
Apr 06, 2011 Doret rated it really liked it
Ella has recently started the 6th grade and everything has changed. Before Ella was best friends with Zachary and Millie. Now Millie has moved on, leaving Ella and Zachary to be the outcast. Both are teased for different reasons. Ella because she's the only Black girl in her class. The taunts are worse because Ella has white splotches on her face. Some of Ella's classmates call her camo face.

Zachary is picked on for always creating imaginary worlds. Sometimes Ella plays along. Zachary becomes Z
Camo Girl so perfectly captures the tension of friendship and the budding awareness of social hierarchy in late elementary/early middle school. Ella and her best friend Z are what I would call young. They aren’t quite ready to join the fracas of their peers stratifying, but Ella at least isn’t immune to the pull of popularity.

Add to this that Z has a difficult home situation that has driven him into a rich fantasy world. And Ella has what sounds like vitiligo, which causes the skin to look mottl
Sixth-grader Ella Cartwright only has one friend, Z. Z is an outcast, bullied every day for the weird way he talks and his poverty (he and his mother secretly live at the Wal-Mart where she works). Z doesn't know, or blocks out, that he is being bullied. Ella feels it is her duty to protect him, and to stay with Z, since she is an outcast too, ever since the school bully notices her "camo face"--some kind of skin discoloration that isn't described fully--and starts to mock her in school. In addi ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Krista rated it it was ok
Shelves: caudill-2015
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Grace Johnson
Camo Girl
Kekla Magoon

Main Characters-Ella (Ellie-nor)- a kind girl who always takes it upon herself to care for her friends. Zachariah (Z) - An outcast to the others at school, often teased, different. Bailey- a popular boy at school of which Ella has taken a liking to, especially because they’re both black.
Genre- Realistic fiction
Conflict- Ella is having trouble relating to both Bailey and Z, causing Z to be unhappy and her to feel unkind.
My Rating-3 out of 5 stars
Why- I gave Camo Girl this rat
Sally Kruger
THE ROCK AND THE RIVER by Kekla Magoon is one of my favorite books. I recently have seen readers mentioning CAMO GIRL and decided to check it out.

Ella, Z, and Millie were close friends in elementary school. Things have changed recently for Z, and Ella finds herself his sole friend. As seventh grade begins, Millie starts steering clear of Ella and Z. She sits next to Ella on the bus, but once they arrive at school, Millie joins another circle of friends.

Ella has always been Z's defender. He refer
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Aug 03, 2011 Chelsea Couillard-Smith rated it really liked it
As usual, the Newbery contenders are the books I wouldn't normally read but when I do, I'm always impressed. I love books that are able to truly understand the 5th and 6th grade years and all the ambiguity that goes with the desire to keep childhood friendships while gaining teenage ones, the first beginnings of navigating potential romance, and all the uncertainty of knowing where one fits in to a world that used to be so familiar.

Magoon shows a deep understanding of this age, as her heroine E
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Beginning 6th grade can be a nightmare for some kids. The nightmare is usually reserved for the unpopular, the awkward, the different. Ella and Z are the poster kids for the adolescent nightmare of middle school, unpopular, awkward and different. Ella is a narrator that many of us formerly "left out" kids can relate to. The hair that won't lay down right, the used to be best friends that are now the "popular kids" and the parents/grandparents that try to convince you of your greatness when every ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Ella is the only African American kid at her school and it doesn’t help that her skin is darker in some spots and lighter in others. Her father died when she was in third grade and since then her life seems to be falling apart. Her ex-best friend Millie doesn’t want to have anything to do with now, and Millie only hangs with the popular 6th grade crowd. “Z” is Ella’s only friend; Zachariah lost his dad too, but in a different way. His Dad left when he lost all his family money while gambling, so ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-eval-book
Ella Cartwright’s best friend is Z or Zachariah and he needs protection. Z lives in a fantasy world that she helped him create where he is a brave knight and she is a fair lady because sometimes the real world is just so hard to deal with since his father abandoned him and his mom. Ella has her own problems too; the cool kids, mostly boys, tease her about her uneven complexion calling her Camo Face because someone thought it looked like desert camouflage; her father has died of cancer, her grand ...more
BAYA Librarian
Feb 01, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it
Bullying has become so routine to Ella Cartwright that she keeps not one, but two spare changes of clothes in her locker. Branded a freak and nicknamed “camo face” by her all-white classmates, dark-skinned Ella has found her place as a friend and quasi-caregiver to Z. Tiny, dorky and totally out of touch with reality, Z creates fantasy worlds and heroic characters for the two of them, sealing their bond while keeping the rest of the world at bay. That is, until Bailey moves to town. African Amer ...more
Serena Brown
Middle school, a place where your teachers get harder, making friends gets easier, and everyone is pretty much the same, except for Ella and Z. Ella and Z are not average middle schooler's , sure they take classes and sure they are fairly smart, but they are not normal! Ella (referred to as Eleanor or better pronounced Ellie-nor) is pretty much normal, but pretty much doesn't mean she is normal. Constantly getting made fun of or being called " Camo face" or "C.F" she is always being bullied. If ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: caudill-2016
Camo Girl is about sixth graders Ella and Z that have been friends since 3rd or 4th grade. Z has always been the weird kid at school, but Ella has always been a friend to him. When a new boy moves to town, one thing sparks between Ella and Bailey, the new kid. They’re both black. Ella and Bailey’s racial identity is a strong element to this book. Bailey’s popularity can help expand Ella’s social side and help her make more friends, but nothing is more important to her than her relationship with ...more
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