Last fall, the boys and I were blessed with the opportunity to read and review Annie Tipton's first EJ Payne book, Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story. Luke and Levi absolutely loved the story and all of EJ's crazy antics. There was no second guessing when we were offered an opportunity to review Book 2: Church Camp Chaos.
This second in the series (I peaked at the end pages and saw that #3 is planned for September 2014), picks up EJ and her family and best friend Macy enjoying their summer after 4th grade. Macy is worried that that this is her last summer in dinky Spooner, Wisconsin, and she and EJ are determined to make their first time at over-night camp, Camp Christian, the best week of their lives.
There is, of course, a little drama in EJ's life (besides the usual sibling drama between EJ and her little brother Isaac "Space Invader"), and EJ tries to use her detective skills to figure out why her parents are acting a little strange. Fortunately, a little quiet time at camp and her dad's Bible remind her that God's Plan is greater than EJ's worries (Jeremiah 29:11). In this, EJ models faith and strength to face whatever might come her way.
Not only do I like the faith message presented in this story, but I love how EJ is a regular imaginative child. Her imagined adventures bring delight to my boys. I keep asking them why they like EJ's stories so much, and they just cannot put their finger on it. I suppose that they love reading EJ's diary entries (which precede each chapter) and they love seeing how EJ's imagination turns regular events into awesome kid adventures. They boys are hoping that September comes soon so they can continue to enjoy EJ adventures.
This book is available at Barbour Publishing for $4.49. It is also available through Amazon.
Thanks to Barbour Publishing for a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own, and I was not required to give a positive review. I am disclosing this in compliance with FTC regulations.
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