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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Summer camp turns sinister in Camp Murderface, a spooky middle grade read perfect for fans of scare masters like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike.

The year: 1983. The place: Ohio. The camp: Scary as heck.

Camp Sweetwater is finally reopening, three decades after it mysteriously shut down. Campers Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones have each had more than enough of their regular lives
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Published May 26th 2020 by HarperCollins
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: believathon-iii
**4.5-stars rounded up**

It's the summer of 1983 and Camp Sweetwater is ready for its grand reopening.

A summer camp in rural Ohio, Sweetwater mysteriously closed its doors 30-years ago, but now it's refreshed and ready for campers again.

Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones are two such lucky campers.

As frightening as the prospect of summer camp is, being shipped away from home, alone, with no contact with your family, Corryn and Tez are both ready to leave their regular lives behind for a while.

They meet
3.5-4 stars. Set in a 1980s (cue the Duran Duran and David Bowie references) summer camp, Tez and Corryn team up to investigate mysterious events happening around the camp. There's a cabin swarming with bugs, spooky faces appearing in the campfire, a suspicious old lifeguard and most horrifying of all... their mean camp counsellors! (Seriously though, why are they so mean?)

Tez and Corryn are a great match from the start. Their banter and dry wit is A+ and they grow together throughout the story
Teresa Grabs
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Yingling
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Tez and Corryn are not super happy to be traveling to Camp Sweetwater in 1983. Neither are super excited about being out in the damp, insect laden forests of Ohio, and the strangely abusive, British counselours don't help. Mary and Gavin give all the campers insulting nicknames, and the cabins are all fairly dismal. Not only that, but creepy things keep happening. Corryn's cabin is positively alive with bugs, and the lake seems to be teeming with something as well
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, horror, friendship
Josh Berk and Saundra Mitchell have created a world that is equal parts humor and horror--perfect for Goosebumps fans. Is it silly? Yes, but it is right in that middle grade sweet spot. Be warned, though, not all questions are answered by the end, so young readers will immediately start asking for a sequel!

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Pop Bop
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Creepy Haunted Summer Camp, and Engaging Characters

I'm sure you've read a fair number of haunted summer camp stories; there are some fine ones out there. But this is my new favorite middle grade version, by a wide margin. It has a gripping ghost story and two marvelous, endearing, and feisty heroes.

As to the ghost story, we get a cursed lake that seems to require a camper feeding every twenty years. Ghosts of victims going all the way back to 1883 appear to our heroes seeking revenge and peace.
Darcy Roar
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, teen, no-romance
Meh. This just did not work for me, from the generic & blank camp spooks to the blatant sequel grab (why will you give us absolutely no answers. This book is Not Short, you Chose to leave everything till the last 20 pages & not resolve anything). Basically this felt like the first of one of those early chapter book reader series (think Magic Tree House) drug out 5x longer than it needed to be with some vague gore. There is basically no suspense. Murder level creepy experiences occur in the first ...more
**An ARC of this work was provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Tez just wants to go to summer camp and be a kid that maybe doesn't have a heart condition.

Corryn just doesn't want to go to summer camp and be a kid whose parents are secretly divorcing.

Regardless, both end up at Camp Sweetwater in June 1983 but camp life very quickly becomes less than idyllic. Sure there are crafts and hikes and swimming in the freezing cold lake and ghost stories, but there is also bullying coun
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Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Yeah, I'm done. DNF at 17%. 1.5 stars. My biggest problems with the book:

The vast majority of the characters are set up as cannon fodder from the very beginning. We don't learn their real names (or if we do, I've already forgotten them); instead, they get monikers from the ridiculously rude camp counselors like "Ew" and "Nostrils." And these interchangeable idiots live up to those names, having one-note personalities like "she says 'Ew' a lot" and "he likes fart jokes." If it were handled better
This was such a fun jaunt of a read!! Honestly, when I ordered this book for work, I was skeptical because of the name though it got good reviews. The way the title comes into play in the plot is hilarious and generally this book was funny and entertaining AND properly scary! The setting of a camp in 1983 was fun and I think would make for an interesting joint read of parents who grew up during that time and their kids. There were some pop culture references from that time that made me laugh and ...more
Jennifer Hill
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This feels like the first book in a series (I hope so!) Creepy, spooky summer camp...what else does a horror book need?

Corryn's parents have sent her off to summer camp at Camp Sweetwater, and she is sure they are getting her out of the way so they can get a divorce over the summer. As they meet to load up on the buses, she meets her weird, rude camp counselor who came from England to work her (I think because she can't get a job there). Tez has a medical condition and wanted to come to summer
Tamara Menninger
This Middle Grade horror caught my interest because it takes place in 1983 when slasher movies like Friday the 13th and Halloween were popular with teens. Also it's set in Ohio.
Camp Sweetwater is plagued by mysterious happenings and it seems there has been a history of events that keep the camp closed for decades at a time. Both the viewpoint characters are extremely likeable: Corryn Quinn, who is a BMX bike enthusiast and is struggling with the breakup of her parents and Tez Jones, a genius wh
A fun and spooky tale about a haunted summer camp in Ohio. The year is 1983, and Corryn and Tez arrive at Camp Sweetwater ready to forget about their disappointing everyday lives. A series of strange events prompt the two to investigate the macabre history of the camp and the century-old disappearance of three campers. Tez and Corryn make a good team, and plenty of teasing and 80s slang make their dialogue snappy and entertaining. The paranormal elements are spine-tingling and not too scary. The ...more
Liz Friend
The story: Two kids go to summer camp just hoping it won't be a drag. Tez has Marfan's Syndrome and can't do anything that raises his heartrate too high; Corryn's parents are getting divorced and dumped her at camp so they can get it done. But after a horrendous invasion of bugs, gruesome faces in the camp fire, and something that seems to want to drown certain people who jump into the lake (like Corryn and Tez), Camp Sweetwater turns out to be a lot more than they expected--in fact, it's a real ...more
Rita Berk
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This scary novel is written for middle school readers. It is full of bloody and horrifying imagery and a real life mystery. Alternating chapters are narrated by a girl character, Coryn, and a boy, Tes, who are determined to solve the mystery. Young readers will enjoy being scared. Beautifully written by each co-author. The imagery is on a middle school level. The two Audible readers do a wonderful job. (Josh Berk is my son so this is a biased review.)
I know this book is written for kids, but it was just kind of boring. I was expecting it to have more action, something. I found it slow and hard to follow. I listening to the audio and found myself drifting off in thought even though the narrator was good.
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Meh. Lackluster story and dialogue plus an abrupt ending.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, little MG novel about a scary, haunted camp and solving a mystery and friendship. It was a lighthearted, quick, fun little read similar to R.L. Stine's books and the like.
Sarah Easley
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and spooky!
Jessica F
I really wanted to enjoy this 1980's middle grade mystery/horror, but ableist and ageist language got in the way.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I enjoyed the story, but I didn't really like the writing
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not to self, don't real kid books, unless they're fairytales.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and creepy. I really had fun reading it. It has a Scooby Doo meets Stranger Things vibe in the best possible way.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to the 80´s in a fast moving spooky mystery. What happened at Camp Sweetwater way back in time. A pair of unlikely new friends are about to find out and come face to face with some of the strangest things they have ever encountered. Scary, funny and action packed!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scary
This book was okay. It has all of the elements of a classic summer camp scare, but it was pretty tame and predictable. The camper nicknames also fell kind of flat to me; I think it was employed partly to keep the focus on the main characters, but it made the supporting cast bland and forgettable by comparison. I think graduates of Goosebumps will enjoy it, so I plan to recommend it to rising 7th graders, but I enjoyed it less than Small Spaces or City of Ghosts. Sets up for an immediate sequel.
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