Camper Girl, a review by Robyn

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Camper Girl
Glenn Erick Miller
180 Pages
Published October 7, 2020 by Regal House Publishing
A person’s path through life is never clearly marked…
Eighteen-year old Shannon Burke is stuck. Her friends are heading off to college, her job is a complete dead-end, and her mother’s just made her part owner of the failing family business. The only bright spot is her upcoming birthday and a visit from her eccentric Aunt Rebecca. But before Shannon can blow out her candles, she receives devastating news: Rebecca is dead.

When she learns that her aunt has gifted her a beat-up camper, Shannon decides to sell it for cold, hard cash. Then she loses her job and finds a mysterious map in the glove box, and in a moment of desperation, she jumps behind the wheel and hits the road.

One map leads to another, and Shannon journeys deep into New York’s Adirondack Mountains where she faces her greatest fears and navigates a new reality that is as unpredictable as the wilderness itself. During her scavenger hunt of self-discovery, Shannon uncovers a stunning family secret, experiences the healing power of nature, and learns that a person’s path through life is never clearly marked.

My Review


Shannon Burke loves her eccentric aunt and has always looked up to her. When Shannon finds out that Rebecca has died and left her a camper, she knows that this is the way out of her life. Feeling stuck at her job and the crushing weight of her mother’s business, this couldn’t have happened at a better time. As Shannon navigates her aunt’s map, she will learn more about herself than she ever has. Camper Girl by Glenn Erick Miller is a coming of age story that is a finalist in Next Generation’s Indie Book Awards and I can see why. Shannon is intensely relatable and her journey and growth, inspiring for teenagers. The writing is crisp and evokes many different emotions.


About the Author

Glenn Erick Miller is the award-winning author of “Camper Girl,” a Young Adult novel and “Red’s First Snow,” a picture book. Another picture book, “What Can it Become?” won a Florida SCBWI’s Rising Kite Award and is forthcoming.

He earned his BA from SUNY Oswego and MA from Binghamton University. During his long career in education, he has been a tutor, program coordinator, GED teacher, and college professor. He divides his time between New York’s Adirondack Mountains and Southwest Florida.

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