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Little blog on the prairie

by Bell, Cathleen Davitt,

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Hampton Community Library Teen Fiction TEEN F BELL
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN F BELL
Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC BELL
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Middle Grade Section
Call Number  MG FIC BELL
Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Fiction JUV BELL
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  JUV BELL

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontier--a vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie," as she's renamed the camp. It turns out frontier life isn't without its good points--like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing. And when her friends turn her emails into a blog, Gen is happily surprised by the fanbase that springs up. But just when it seems Gen and family might pull through the summer, disaster strikes as a TV crew descends on the camp, intent on discovering the girl behind the nationwide blogging sensation--and perhaps ruining the best vacation Gen has ever had.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thirteen-year-old Gen and her family are spending the summer at Camp Frontier, a living history camp that is Mom's longtime dream. Gen is less than thrilled to be milking a cow, weeding cornfields, and sharing a bed with her brother; only the presence of her surreptitious cell phone (used to text her friends) makes life tolerable. Then Gen discovers a secret cabin dubbed the electricity shack because it contains a computer and a refrigerator full of diet soda and she begins to realize that the overzealous owners of this 1890s social experiment have misrepresented their own devotion to the past. The author of Slipping (2008) offers here a comic look at modern technology dependence, especially among teens. Although Gen comes to appreciate some aspects of pioneer life, and the story demonstrates how texting can lead to loss of privacy (Gen's friends upload her messages to a blog, resulting in national media attention), it's also clear that Bell sees technology as necessary and often helpful. Young teens are sure to concur.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "To her great dismay, 13-year-old Gen is spending her entire summer with her family at a frontier camp, where they must re-enact life from 1890, living without technology, growing their own food, tending a cow and chickens, and working on a project to better the farm. It's a fun premise that leaves Bell (Slipping) ample room for physical comedy, while touching on themes of family and the (dis)advan-tages of modern life. Gen holds onto her sanity by sending secret text messages to her best friends ("I am standing in the middle of a cornfield. I am holding a hoe.... [W]e are farmers now"), which they turn into a blog that attracts national attention. Cute Caleb, a fellow camper, is a welcome distraction for Gen, though he seems interested in Nora, the daughter of the couple that runs the camp, and the two girls butt heads. Gen's growing appreciation for the simple life is predictable (though she never entirely drinks the Kool-Aid-make that warm cow's milk) and the reconciliation between Gen and Nora feels contrived, but it's still a lively journey with empathetic characters. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Camps -- Fiction.
Family life -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Blogs -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Camps -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Blogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Wyoming -- Fiction.
Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :2010
Language English
Description 276 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781599902869
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