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Letters from Camp

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Mom and Dad,
You've got to get us out of here! When you get this letter, COME IMMEDIATELY!
-- Charlie

The brother-sister pairs who arrive for the summer at Camp Happy Harmony are almost too busy fighting with each other to notice how strange the camp really is. Not only are the campers forced to wear bizarre uniforms, eat gross food, and do chores all day, but the members of
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1999)
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Pairs of squabbling siblings are sent to summer camp to work on their relationships only to find the Harmony family (a famous set of siblings who had a successful stage act years before the story starts) isn't as harmonious as they advertise.

Camp is pretty gruesome at first and days are filled with bad food and hard labor, but as the campers settle in they develop lasting bonds and discover useful skills among their group that helps them survive camp.

It's not long before the campers discover tha
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Kate Klise writes the book all in letters, notes, newspaper articles and more! I really enjoyed this book, along with some other books kate klise has written in this style. Example: Regarding the Fountain
Melanie Hammel
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing mystery book. Its funny sad and want you to read more if you are a person who likes mystery books and you dont want tem to be scary than read this book and you will LOVE it.
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book. Written in letters from the kids at a summer camp. Great book for kids.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-dreams
It's actually Thursday, amazingly, so I can finally do this:


Except that this is Goodreads. Oh well.
Apr 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-in-2020
When I spent time with my grandma as a kid, we would always go to Barnes & Noble, she would buy me a book and a bookmark, and then I'd get to pick where we went for lunch. One time, she bought me Letters From Camp, and I absolutely loved it. We sat in her living room all afternoon after lunch, each reading our own books, talking about them, and it was one of my absolute favorite days I had with her. That day and this book have been on my mind a lot recently, so I decided to read it again, 20 yea ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I've been doing some re-reading as a fun way to start off my year, and nabbed this book for a fun walk down memory lane. I remember loving this book as a kid. I really liked the letter format and I liked the siblings becoming friends. Rereading it as an adult, it's definitely a lot sillier than I remember. The exaggerated language and names are pretty goofy, but it's still cute. I can see why I liked it so much at age 8, although I don't know how I was able to swallow some of this stuff. Rereadi ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A little camp mystery told in letters, notes, memos, and lists! Reads like a fun murder mystery dinner and has themes of friendship, family, and honesty. Lots of plays on words that add to the gimmick. Young adults who like a mystery and can piece together a story by reading between the lines would like this book!
Kim Harris
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Battle of the Books 2017-2018
Mary Kinietz
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Kid's book which Steph liked. Cute story told in letters and notes.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was pretty much a murder mystery and it was amazing. It is a very great book for kids
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A reread of a childhood favorite!
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of unusual formats
Letters From Camp is real fun--fun characters, fun plot, fun format. The way the secrets are slowly revealed is really well done.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m continuing my trend of rereading books I loved as a kid. This one is so creative and fun. I love the Klise sisters’ writing and illustrations.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love when books don't just tell stories with words. The mix of letters, notes, notices, etc. tell the story very well.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda McGill
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book when I was younger. It's about a sibling run camp, where the siblings are not how they appear. Told uniquely through letters, pictures, memo and legal documents.
Emmaline MacBeath
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Letters from Camp is a book about a camp run by a musical family past its time. They advertize the camp as one that will teach siblings how to get along. 3 sets of siblings are sent to the camp. But they quickly find out the camp is more than what it seems. The musicians that advertize themselves as one big happy family are anything but. And where are the rides and games? Cleaning and working are the order of the day. But through each difficulty, the children learn to get along and band together ...more
Chris Go
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the early works of the Klise sister team. I've really enjoyed many of their other books, and was not disappointed by this book, although you can see how over the years their style has become more fine tuned.

"Letters from Camp" is told entirely in letters, postcards, Post-it Notes, and other documents. And what a tale it is! Well, I guess it is really a mystery.

The Harmony Siblings were once a top of the charts singing sensation. At the height of their careers, they even had a tele
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Letters from camp, a quirky quick read about three pairs of dysfunctional siblings whose exasperated parents send them to Camp Happy Harmony in order to mend their wicked ways. Camp Happy Harmony is run by everyone's favorite siblings, the Harmonys, whose hit song, "We'd Rather Sing than Fight, 'Cause Being Polite is Such a Delight," is about their harmonious sibling relationships. However, once the young campers get there they find the Harmonys don't live up to their family name.

An epistolary t
Letters from Camp is a hilarious journey into camping, though letters, written both by the campers and the camp owners. Camp Happy Harmony is anything but, as the owners are a murderous, treacherous, bungling, fumbling group of siblings who were once adored by millions for their singing talent. Now, they will do anything to get rid of one another, sell the camp, and hit the open road. They just need to make enough money to accomplish all their hair-brained schemes.

Six kids, three groups of bick
Brittany Cuenin
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Camp books are among my favorite; I love them so much I even wrote one (Camp Bug Juice)!, and I was looking forward to Letters from Camp from Klise. A few selected campers are sent to summer camp run by a strange, singing family who are really just using the camp tuition to save their own debt. The campers are relegated to working all day, and they hate it! The reader gets to see the letters from home and from the campers to their parents with fun cartoons, illustrations, and drawings.

This book
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun mystery for kids. The book consists of letters, drawings, and weekly budgets for a camp run by a group of siblings who were singing hits in their younger years for songs such as "We'd Rather Sing than Fight, 'Cause Being Polite is Such a Delight." In light of their supposed "sibling harmony," the Harmony family has now opened "Camp Happy Harmony" which aims to help kids decrease sibling rivalry. However, all is not as it seems at Camp Happy Harmony, and the six campers quickly realize they ...more
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
The story in this is cute for young girls, but as an adult it didn't have enough to keep me really interested.

Letters from camp is a mystery told through a sequence of letters written to and from campers in a summer sleepaway camp. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, the story didn't come smoothly enough for me in this manner. Also, the font was often very difficult to read (especially for my 9 year old who is just learning cursive herself). It was supposed to make the letter more "authen
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-for-fun
When I was younger I read this book over and over... it's just that type of book that you can read many times, because each time you pick up something new. It is told through magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, letters, etc, and the mystery that unfolds is very silly, but interesting. Middle-schoolers in particular would most likely enjoy this book. What makes this book unique is the fact that it is told through a variety of mediums; the variety will keep children interested in the book.

Sara Truog
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
An epistolary mystery (I love the sound of that!) about pairs of fighting siblings that get sent to a summer camp to learn how to get along. The summer camp is run by an aging, past-their-prime singing family (think the Osmonds) with several secrets and dastardly plans up their sleeves - and the kids have to work together to stay alive! This book will make Klise fans think of her Regarding the Fountain series because it is told entirely through correspondence. It's a fun read (and very visual, t ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sami-c
Mom and Dad,
You have got to get us away from camp Harmony, the Harmony famliy is insane! Please pick up Charlie and me as soon as you can.
Love,your almost insane to daughter,
Camp Happy Harmony isn't as peaceful as you would think. The Harmony sisters and brothers are not like they sound, with the constant name calling and yelling you would think that you were at a zoo. Can the 6 brothers and sisters at camp Harmony get the camp back together or will they just fall apart also? Read
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
loved all the pictures in it , actually the whole thing is pics but they all tell a story about these really creepy happy harmony family start a camp for sibling rivalries. The camp ends up working because all of the kids join together to discover the harmonys are rivals themselves! i couldn't stop reading this book. just so you know the best carachter in the book is probably dolly harmony the chef ......... in my opinion of course.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Unfort. I did not enjoy this one of Kate Klise's. the format, all in letters and newspaper clippings made it hard for me to follow. The story line was too unbelievable and wacky for me as were the characters' names (e.g. Brisket and Barbie Q. Roast). This could've been better if she'd made the camp a more realistic place and done away w/ the whole Harmony Family as grown up child stars gone over the edge.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
For a children's mystery, this book sure had me at points but it was not catching enough for a younger me to have want to read.

The older me was impressed by the use of narrative choice and the careful consideration to detail, however, there were points that were wholeheartedly unbelievable, that even as a kid I would not have believed.

Getting past these things and the awful choice of character names, the book is cute and a quick refresher before delving back into adult lit.
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Catherine "Kate" Klise is an American author of children's literature. Many of her books are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their popular Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture

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