Toronto Star

Help kids discover the joys of summer reading

Excerpt from a list of recommended reading:

In Brenda Baker’s Camp Outlook (Second Story, $11.95, 244 pages, ages 9-13), rebellious Shannon’s sent to camp while her parents adjust to life with a new baby with Down syndrome. Baker’s energetic prose and loving exploration of Shannon’s existential questioning make this quick and emotionally compelling. Like Harriet the Spy, Ellis’s, De Goldi’s and Baker’s stories entertain by showing readers a different side of the “real” world.

Reviewer Deirdre Baker (no relation!) teaches children’s literature at the University of Toronto.