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Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
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Mar 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: family, realistic-fiction, romance, children-s, youngadult
Read from March 07 to 09, 2011

Gen Welsh is looking forward to spending summer before beginning high school with her two best friends, alternating her time between soccer camp and the pool. Her plans are destroyed when her mother decides to sign the family up for an entire summer at Camp Frontier where, for all intents and purposes, it's 1890.

From her first experience using the outhouse to the heavy and overwhelming clothing, Gen is not having fun. To top it all off, all technology had to be surrendered for the entire summer, but Gen has a secret. She took the cell phone that was supposed to be her reward for having a positive attitude at Camp Frontier and is secretly texting her two best friends.

Gen hates Camp Frontier in the beginning, but she quickly begins to realize that her family have all been wrapped up in their own worlds instead of connecting to each other. She's the worst of all of them because she doesn't really notice anything outside herself. The Walsh family struggles and has a few tense moments where the future of the family is in jeopardy under the stress of frontier life, but they eventually learn to work to together and discover that they actually like each other.

The story has a villain in the shape of Nora, daughter of the Betsy and Ron, the camp owners, who tries to make Gen's life miserable. This includes fighting for the affections of Caleb, the cute blonde with the southern accent.

This is a fun, quick read, and I enjoyed reading about the specifics of Gen's adventures in frontier life. It even has a little depth in the end about identity and self respect. (Grades 6-10)

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