Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Kate's Philadelphia Frenzy - 5th in the Camp Club Girls series
Author: Janice Hanna
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth/Tween Inspirational Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
Year/Setting: Present day, Philadelphia
Overall Rating: 5.0 (Perfect for Kids)
Camp Club Girls Website/Blog: www.campclubgirls.com
As I have said before when it comes to this wonderful Christian series of books, they’re right up there with Nancy Drew for offering kids a story full of fun and adventure, with great lessons learned, and with no pasty-faced vampires to get in the way.
In this, Book 5, Kate Oliver is a young girl living in Philadelphia. She’s feeling bad for one of her best friend’s right now because his father – a famous shortstop named Tony Smith, playing with the Philadelphia Phillies – is being extremely "hurt" in the press. Someone has been posting lies about the man; a rumor mill run by a mysterious person who is letting all of Philadelphia know that Tony Smith can’t stand being in their home town and wants to play for another team right away. Of course, none of this is true. Tony Smith loves his team and doesn’t understand why someone out there wants to give him a bad name.
Kate wants to get to the bottom of what’s going on, but she knows as much about baseball as she does about rocket science. Well…actually…Kate knows way more about rocket science. Not a sports follower, Kate is very much like her father who teaches robotics at Penn State. In fact, he just received a patent for his new security robot called SWAT-bot. Kate is very much Inspector Gadget, and with all the electronic devices she has, she knows she can track down the person responsible for the lies circulating about Mr. Smith, but she’ll need someone to help her out that knows all the ins and outs of America’s Game.
So she calls up her friend Sydney Lincoln – future Olympian and member of the Camp Club Girls. Sydney hops a train in D.C. – with her mother’s permission, of course – for a two-week vacation at Katie’s house. Soon the adventure begins, and when the Camp Club Girls unite across the country, they find a way to uncover just what and who is making Tony Smith’s life miserable.
Like all the other books in this series, this is yet another that teaches a fantastic lesson to children about the pain and hurt that comes from telling lies. The power of words is a huge power and should be used carefully and correctly, and never used to deceive others. Honesty, as all kids (and adults, by the way) should know and understand, is always the best policy. And if you don’t believe me, you should certainly believe the Camp Club Girls.
Until next time,
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