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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Twelve-year-old Abigail Hensley is a socially awkward aspiring anthropologist who has always had trouble connecting with her peers. Abigail is hopeful that a week at sleepaway camp is the answer to finally making a friend. After all, her extensive research shows that summer camp is the best place to make lifelong connections. Using her tried-and-true research methods, Abig ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Capstone Editions
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Schizanthus Nerd
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I need to preface everything I say about this book with: I’m not the target audience. Sometimes this doesn’t matter as I consistently read books that are intended for readers born in a different century than I was. However, I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older my tolerance for friendship drama has decreased exponentially.

Socially awkward twelve year old Abigail Hensley may have skipped three grades at school but she’s never had a friend. It’s not from lack of rigorous anthropological research on he
Lost in Book Land
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello Again!

It's been a week guys, not even in a bad way, it's just been a week and it's only Wednesday. I just feel like this time of year is so busy and on top of everything else this time of year brings, I am trying to finish a bunch of books I am currently reading, assemble and order the rest of the furniture pieces for my townhouse, and still find time to relax. I love this time of year though if I am being honest and I feel like with my new job this year has been much less stressful than p
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Published edition subject to change**

Ohhhh my goodness this book was TOO cute! No kidding I couldn't put it down and read it in a day.

At first, I had a hard time relating to Abigail. She was just too much, and she felt like a robot. But a few chapters in, and she really grew on me.

Abigail is overly smart and has skipped 3 grades. She goes to camp to do girl bonding (I consider myself to be fairly social and I would never e
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, owned-kids, read-2019
*received from netgalley for honest review* So this is a rather interesting book lol its a unique set up with the "Field notes" and the score thing is super funny (also maybe a bit over creepy at times but eh), overall tho it was a funny book. The characters could get annoying but (thankfully) they all learned some things. Good young/ middle grade book.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Earc from netgalley.

Okay there seem to be a lot of camp books lately, and this hasn't been one of my favorites. Abigail wasn't very likeable in my opinion, and the drama just never stopped. Just not for me, I guess, but younger girls who like camp and drama might enjoy this one.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friendships are complicated, especially when you are in your tween years. Add to that being someone who is an academic genius who has skipped a couple of grades, and you really have your work cut out for you. Abigail has always struggled to have friends in her life. She knows what she is supposed to do on paper, but has a great deal of difficulty applying those concepts in real life. She also is extremely literal, which means she is often confused by her interactions with her peers. Honestly, sh ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute middle-grade story of friendships. Although I found it hard to believe Abby could think the way she did, I do not know many geniuses or prodigies so I cannot precisely comment on that exact aspect.

Abby has skipped a grade (or two) and has had minimal social interactions with the people her own age or even generally other children. Her understanding of 'cool' comes from internet searches and from watching french movies and a French Anthropologist. If all of these facts are taken i
*ARC was provided by Capstone through NetGalley.

This was a super cute middle grade read about what friendship looks like and what being a friend really means. The summer camp setting is a classic, and I was invested in the mystery all the way through. This took a little while to grow on me, but there's a sweet lesson about understanding and being patient with others.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-young-adult
Perfect book for the beginning of summer! Felt like I was back at summer camp...learning how to make new friends while being true to my self.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Main character Abigail appears to have the stereotypical characteristics of someone with autism.

She has gone to summer camp to try & make a friend and carefully rates her potential friends (or ‘subjects’ as she calls them).

The week revolves around a missing then broken phone and a snarky, sarcastic group of girls all blaming each other and throwing around nasty comments.

I didn’t really like any of the characters very much but I’m not the target audience so I appreciate that I might jus
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt like Abigail was a female Sheldon Cooper. I really liked her and the rest of the characters were a lot of fun, too. I liked the field notes and Abigail's observations. I would like to see this be a series with more of Abigail's adventures.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Sheldon Cooper took the form of a sensitive twelve-year-old girl who went to summer camp as an “experiment” to try to make friends, you’d have Abigail, the endearingly uptight main character in Jennifer Orr’s contemporary middle grade, RATING YOUR BUNKMATES AND OTHER CAMP CRIMES.

In this brilliantly-plotted mystery lite with a satisfyingly-surprising ending, Orr nails the obnoxious camaraderie that is preteen friendships and almost nails the sleep away camp experience (No food fight? No eatin
Kristen Gwen Johnson
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Making friends is hard. That is especially true if you are a socially-awkward, super intelligent girl who loves speaking French and wants to be an anthropologist when she grows up. Abigail is such a girl. In Rating Your Bunk Mates and Other Camp Crimes, Abigail is an Amy Farrah Fowler (Big Bang Theory) type character who has a little trouble making friends. Correction: A lot of trouble making friends. In fact, she’s never had a friend. Skipping three grades has made her an outcast among her clas ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much NetGalley, Capstone and Jennifer Orr for this arc in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed in this review are solely my own.

To be honest, I am not a big fan of this book. It started really confusing, in the beginning I didn't even realise the book started already and was just swiping to get to the first chapter, which I had entirely missed. I think that I'm rather intelligent, so that was a big no for me. It has to be clear when a book starts and if it starts l
Amanda Arkans -
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Abigail is a genius at facts, but not so much at making friends. When your brain is as big as hers, it can be tough to relate to anyone. Summer camp always offers the chance to make life-long friends, so it seems like the perfect place for Abigail to go and make friends her own age. So she goes into summer camp like it is a scientific observation and attempts to make friends.

Unfortunately for Abigail, she is a hard character to like or relate to, not just for her fictitious bunk mates, but for m
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Many people go to camp for adventure through outdoor activities. Our main character Abigail is going to camp for one reason, to find a friend. She is going to do this through a scientific lens with data, observation, and scores. The book goes back and forth between the events happening at camp and Abigail's Field Note journal. Though they never say Abigail is autistic you can tell by her mannerisms that she maybe on the spectrum. As she tries to figure out how to fit in her bunkmates a cellphone ...more
Nanette Heffernan
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Camp Book Ever… and it’s a mystery! I grew up on the West Coast. People on the West Coast don’t traditionally send their kids away to camp. Or if they do, it’s usually just a week, not a month. I’ve heard this is an East Coast thing. As a kid, I was jealous of that. Not anymore! I feel like I finally got to go to camp! I got to hang out with all the girls in Clovis Cabin and I loved them all, especially the quirky main character, “Abiologist.” All the drama over the stolen phone, kissing a ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Abigail is twelve year old girl with a different view of things. She is very hopeful about her adventure at Camp and the chance to make friends. I enjoyed reading things from Abigail's perspective as she had a different take on the interactions of her bunkmates and the events that happened at camp. Abigail is a very book smart character but really uses the opportunity at camp to learn about social interaction and friendship.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

There have been a lot of summer camp books lately, and I wonder if actual students go to camp very much. The tween drama is certainly on point, but Abigail was so socially awkward and dealt so poorly with others that I wondered if she should be receiving some sort of remediation. The camp books I have in my collection haven't circulated terribly well, so I think I will pass on this one.
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Jennifer Orr is a writer and former elementary school librarian. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband and two daughters.

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