Skye is a young girl who is dreading spending the summer with her dad and his new wife, the step-monster, as she so eloquently refers to her. But when she gets there, things are worse than she initially thought. They are shipping her off to summer camp. How lame is that! And even more lame is the one she's going to. The kids are weird, no one wants to be her friend, and the camp itself is just awful. Until she meets Mia, a sweet, quiet, introverted girl who takes to Skye quickly. Maybe this summer won't be so bad after all. Maybe not.
Camp Midnight has everything you would expect at a summer camp: the cool kids, the cute, quiet guy, and summer games, but the first thing that tells her this camp isn't your typical kids summer camp is that everyone meets at midnight - that's when things start "changing"; however, there's some things that never change - especially the secret that her friend Mia isn't telling her.
I picked up the Free Comic Book Day teaser for this graphic novel at a Books-a-Million while sipping my cup of coffee as my wife was shopping elsewhere in the mall. It took me about seven minutes to read the sampler and I was hooked. The full graphic novel was ordered within ten minutes.
Everything about this graphic novel is fun. The thing that stands out in my mind the most has to be the illustrations - they are just awesomely hilarious. I had several literal laugh-out-loud moments. The plot is also great and includes a semi-obvious twist at the end. I really wish they would do a sequel simply because I loved the characters. Skye has a sharp tongue and a bad attitude, telling the "cool kids" things we wish we all could have said. The whole book has this eerie feel that there is certainly more than what meets the eye.
The book is definitely directed towards children age 10 and up though adults will love it too. Even though the name and cover might be a bit spooky, there's nothing scary here, so feel free to pick it up for your little ones. This is a great way to get them to read more.
Overall, this is my most pleasant memory from Free Comic Book Day - don't miss this book!