Monday, March 31, 2014

Diary of a Real Payne: Church Camp Chaos by Annie Tipton (Review)

Diary of a Real Payne: Church Camp Chaos 

By Annie Tipton

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 Church Camp Chaos

Genre-  Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / General

Published by- Barbour Publishing

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 192

Age Group- ages 8-12

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $5.99, ISBN 978-1-62416-826-0

EJ has been looking forward to this summer for a long time.  She gets to spend the entire week at Camp Christian this year.  First she has to finish third grade, turn eleven, then it is on to camp.

Her week is super exciting with Macy, campfires, hikes, and the zip line.  There are some fears though, why have her parents been having mysterious meetings and will Macy really move away?  Will EJ learn that God is there to help her?

About the Author-

Annie Tipton currently lives in Ohio.  She created her first story when she was two.  She has been a newspaper reporter, author, and editor. 

My thoughts-

  • I have read the first book in the Diary of a Real Payne Series, True Story and loved it.  I loved this one too.
  • This book started a few months after the first one ended, but I noticed a change in EJ.  She was not using her wild imagination quite as much or as long as she had been.  It did help her have fewer problems, which was good.  I think B and even C were a little disappointed, because her imagination stories were so good.
  • Sometimes it is hard to get B and C interested in having certain books read to them, but not Church Camp Chaos.  We chose to read it as a bedtime story, but that little bit of time wasn’t enough for them.  We had to read it quite often.  They were disappointed when the book was over.
  • I really enjoyed the diary entries.  They showed a side of EJ that would have been difficult to show without those entries.
  • I do think it would have been nice to have more about God and the Christian faith throughout the book.  I was glad to see it in EJ’s father’s Bible at the end, but because of the fears she was having, it would have been good to know more about God and His plans during the book.
  • I really liked this book and I am glad the children did too.  There are a lot of good lessons to be learned from EJ and her family and friends.

B’s Thoughts (age 10)- 

I liked Church Camp Chaos.  My favorite chapter was Chapter 8, “Jail Break.”  It was funny because of the lime-green flip-flop which was hanging from the ceiling fan.

I think Diary of a Real Payne: Church Camp Chaos would be good for children of all ages.

C’s Thoughts (age 8)-

I liked Church Camp Chaos.  My favorite chapter was “Dessert Duels,” because EJ and her mom had a contest to see who could make the best cupcakes.  I also liked the first chapter “School’s Out for Summer” with EJ and Macy having a three-legged race.  They won their race.

I think that this book would be good for boys and girls of all ages.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Diary of a Real Payne: Church Camp Chaos, by Annie Tipton, for free from Barbour Publishing .  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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