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Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire

Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire
Jemma Hartman knows that her first summer at beautiful Camp Star Lake is going to be amazing. There will be swimming, sailing, and overnight trips—not to mention her best friend, Tammy, who moved away a year ago. But when Tammy's cousin, Brooke, decides to come to camp as well, Jemma's perfect summer starts to crumble.

Brooke never laughs at Jemma's jokes, and she thinks she rules the cabin. She even convinces Tammy to be her sailing partner, sticking Jemma with the camp weirdo. Jemma just can't understand why Tammy wants to spend all her time with Brooke. What ever happened to the best friends forever who planned on marrying twin brothers and raising their kids together? And is it really possible to make new friends but keep the old, like the song says, or does Jemma simply need to let go?

Brenda A. Ferber's second novel is a tender and endearing look at friendships lost and found.

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 Awards and Praise:

"Ferber has drawn a realistic main character... The plot moves along swiftly, and Jemma's first-person narrative rings true, as do the issues and the camp experience."
   —School Library Journal

"For all the tweens who believe in BFF but find out, to their great disappointment, that it isn't for everyone, this is the book for them."

"Ferber has a fine ear for preteen dialogue and concerns, and her descriptions of overnight camp activities (especially sailing and waterskiing) will strike a chord with readers."