ISBN: 978-1-55469-347-4 (paperback)
Adventures at Camp Lots-O-Fun
by Marilyn Helmer
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Orca Book Publishers, 2010
Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun actually started out as a short story. One day I got a phone call from the editor of a children’s magazine asking me if I would write a story for them. The editor said she wanted a story about a boy who goes away to summer camp for the first time. She added, the boy must have a wild imagination.
Oh, I liked that idea! But there was a problem. I had never actually been to camp myself. So how could I write a story about someone who goes to camp? Well, I may not have been to camp but I remembered an experience I had when I was a child. And that brings up another great place to get ideas for writing – from your own EXPERIENCES, from things that have happened to you.
One summer I spent a fun-filled week at a friend’s cottage. Angela and I both had pretty wild imaginations. A bear in the woods, a circle of stones possibly marking buried treasure and a huge shadow in the lake sent our imaginations running wild. The bear turned out to be a neighbour’s friendly dog, the circle of stones unearthed nothing but dirt and the huge shadow in the lake – well, that never was explained but I doubt it was the monster we imagined it to be.
With those experiences in mind, I wrote the short story which was published in ChickaDEE Magazine. But I had so much fun writing the story that I couldn’t get the main character, DJ, out of my mind. I decided to turn the story into a book and the result is Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun.
What happens next?
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