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Topic: Favorite children's books but can't remember title or author?

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Subject: Favorite children's books but can't remember title or author?
Date Posted: 8/18/2007 2:17 AM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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   This is an absolute long shot,  but I was wondering if anyone knew of a website that helps look up old children's books.  I had this one book when I was small that I loved.  All I can remember was that the book was written in the early 1980's and the main character was a young girl named Melanie who went away for summer camp.  She, ofcourse, had a crush on a boy and had to fight off a bully.  It bugs me I can't remember the title and author.  I feel there is some hope because I did find another old book I was looking for.

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2007
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People sometimes post questions like this in the forums at LibraryThing.  You might also try a keyword search at WorldCat.  (Long shots, but still shots.) 

Date Posted: 9/4/2007 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 7/9/2007
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I think I found the book you are looking for. It's Hail Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford. It was first published in 1978.

Here's a description I found:

"This is a preteen book about a very sheltered 13 yr.old girl named Melanie who is forced to go away to camp for about 6 weeks. At first Mel is quite homesick and scared of all the new activities, but she starts to really enjoy herself and grow up.She makes new friends and learns assertiveness,especially when it comes to dealing with a bully. "

I hope this is the book you've been searching for!  : )

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 6:46 PM ET
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Shawnee, the best site for this that I have found is www.abebooks.com   They have a forum called Booksleuth and the members there are amazing! They've found so many books for me when  I've had very little info to go on.  Give them a try.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:31 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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Thanks for all your suggestions.   Hail Hail Camp Timberwood is the book!!!!