10 Reasons to read Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus.

Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus by Kristen Tracy

Great one line pitch from inside the book: Ten-year-old Camille McPhee relates the ups and downs of her fourth grade year at her Idaho elementary school as she tries to adjust to the absence of her best friend, maintain control of her low blood sugar, cope with the intensifying conflict between her parents, and understand the importance of honesty and fairness.

Okay, here we go:

  1. Awesome title.
  2. Super colorful and appealing cover – just makes you want to read it.
  3. Who wouldn’t want to read about how a girl falls under the bus?
  4. A realistic and believable and funny mg voice.
  5. Fresh twist on Camille not being the one to move away but being the one left behind.
  6. Camille has to give up her cat for a friend – which is a very hard thing to do.
  7. Lies, lies, and more lies. Everyone lies – even the parents.
  8. Parent’s conflict is realistic and done extremely well.
  9. Camille’s troubles keep getting worse and worse.
  10. Lots of humor. Lots of emotion. A moving and satisfying ending.

What great books – YA or MG – have you read lately? Give us 3 reasons!

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13 Responses to 10 Reasons to read Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus.

  1. Catherine A. Winn June 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    This sounds like a delightful book. I’ve got to add it to my shopping list!

  2. Marcia June 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    This book sounds great! I’m definitely going to get it. A book I liked recently is The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice. Let’s see…three reasons. (1) Heartwarming relationships between characters. (2) It’s a QUIET book that keeps your attention — love that combo. (3) The resiliency of the MC.

  3. Laura June 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Keep ’em coming. I need some good reads this summer!

  4. Shannon O'Donnell June 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    That sounds like a great book! I recently read It’s Raining Cupcakes (so adorable) and Drizzle. They are both wonderful MG books! 🙂

  5. Ansha Kotyk June 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I just finished reading A Wrinkle in Time (I know, it’s about time!) 🙂 I enjoyed it because:
    1. Meg’s voice is true 2. Great ‘moral’ to the story. 3. Wonderful depiction of love for a sibling.

    I’m currently reading: The Dust of 100 Dogs… and in the first 20 pages I already have a laundry list of reasons I like it.

  6. Laura June 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Shannon – I enjoyed It’s Raining Cupcakes. Totally cute.

    ansha – about time to read Wrinkle in time. 🙂

  7. Elana Johnson June 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Wow — sounds awesome! And I like lies… Ha!

  8. Kris June 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m sold. Sounds fabulous!

  9. Stina Lindenblatt June 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished reading HEX HALL (YA paranormal). It was funny, had an unexpected twist, and it was a fresh take on a reform school (for the paranormal).

  10. Sherrie Petersen June 12, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    The title and the cover art would be enough to make me pick up this book 🙂 I just finished reading Powerless (my 10yo son’s recommendation) and I really liked it. Even if you aren’t into superheroes, it’s a good MG.

  11. Kristen Torres-Toro June 12, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    That does sound like fun read!

  12. Creepy Query Girl June 12, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    This sounds like a great read! I don’t usually read middle grade but this sounds like its worth a gander. Thanks!

  13. Dawn Simon June 14, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds great!

    I recently finished WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell. Three reasons I picked it up:
    1. a friend with fabulous taste in YA recommended it
    2. the premise intrigued me
    3. I loved the cover

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