The Weekend Reading List: Camp Midnight

Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle, Illustrated by Jason Katzenstein

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The Stats:

  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Fiction, family, humor, classic monsters, comics, graphic novel
  • 3.8/5
  • Warnings: Eh, no real warnings for this one.

From Amazon:

“Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle returns to comics with New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein for a new graphic novel!

Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster! The perfect book for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs.”

Zo’s Review:

Okay, right off the bat: this was so cute and fun and totally awesome! Camp Midnight is a fun quirky read that I really appreciated even though I’m definitely much older than the targeted age range.

Because this is for a younger audience, it was obvious what the “lesson of the story” was – to not judge others simply by their outward appearance – however I still really enjoyed the flow of the story and the characters, including the imaginative and spunky Skye as well as the friendly but really strange Mia. Though the plot was fairly predictable, Seagle’s storytelling along with Katzenstein expressive illustrations made it a delightful and amusing read.

I think my favorite part about Camp Midnight is that Skye’s stepmother seemed scarier than some of the monsters that Skye encountered at camp. I was still left wondering if Skye’s stepmother was actually a monster who purposely sent her stepdaughter to a camp full of monsters or, if we as a reader were influenced by Skye’s perception of the woman.

Despite Camp Midnight being for a younger audience, it dealt with things like divorce, loneliness, friendship, discrimination, and even death in a way that I thought was really great for young readers. Though camp only lasts a summer, I wouldn’t mind taking another visit to Camp Midnight if the story was expanded upon. The story has all the elements of a good summer camp story: friendship, crushes, games, and solving a mystery!

Overall, if you want a fun and entertaining read, check out Camp Midnight!

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They say “Don’t look under the bed” but what about when the things that are under your bed are also your cabin mates?

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

What do you all think? Have you read Camp Midnight already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.

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