Camped Out: Max knows his mom can’t afford to send him to summer camp. But he really, really wants to go. He needs a break from looking after his autistic brother, Duncan. And from his mom’s new boyfriend. He is surprised when his mom says that he can go after all. But there’s a catch. There are spots available at the camp for families with special needs. A grant would cover Duncan’s fees, and Max could attend at no charge. If he goes as Duncan’s escort.
This is the second story featuring Max and Duncan after Maxed Out.
What planning and research did you do for you book?
I tapped into my past experiences working at summer camps. I also interviewed a family whose children go to Big Cove Camp to trigger my memory. Camped Out is loosely set at Big Cove Camp.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Pulling off a story and doing school visits.
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Modern Family is my go-to show for fun. I binge watched Gilmore Girls and Frankie and Gracie.
What’s your biggest indulgence?
Chocolate and my pool.
What do you admire most in a book?
When a writer makes me feel the emotion of the characters.
You’re stranded on a desert island and are allowed 3 books–which do you choose?
The Success Principals by Jack Canfield, my journal, and Hello Magazine 🙂
What’s your favorite genre to read? To Write?
middle readers/ YA / books about relationships
What is your favorite book from your childhood?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Daphne Greer is the author of Maxed Out, a 2013 YALSA Quick Picks nominee, and Jacob’s Landing, which was a 2016 Hackmatack and 2016 Silver Birch finalist and was on the Best Books for Kids & Teens list from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Daphne lives in Newport, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.daphnegreer.com.