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If You Liked Molly McIntire, Try...


If you enjoyed reading about Molly McIntire, the American Girl character from Illinois in 1944, and her adventures at summer camp, you might enjoy these other books about camping, World War II, and other fun topics.


Secrets from the sleeping bag by Rose (Barbara Rose) Cooper

During four weeks of summer camp Sofia Becker writes all the juciest information in her notebook, so she can continue her blog when she returns home.

Heidi is excited about spending two weeks with Lucy at Camp Dakota, but Lucy's friends from last year ignore Heidi and make her feel unwelcome, leading Heidi to cast a friendship spell on them.

Connect the stars by Marisa De los Santos

When thirteen-year-olds T.E. and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.

The Secret Cookie Club by Martha Freeman

Four very different girls meet at Moonlight Ranch camp and decide to remain friends all year by exchanging letters and home-made cookies, using recipes their counselor's grandfather passed along.

A clatter of jars by Lisa (Lisa Colleen) Graff

With a camp full of kids, a lake full of magic, and a grown-up full of a secrets, A Clatter of Jars is story of summer, family, and the lengths we go to win back the people we love. 

Also available in: e-audiobook

Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their backyard for over forty years.

Summer camp queen by M. (Marci) Peschke

School is over and Kylie Jean and her cousin Lucy are going to summer camp for a week of fun, but a girl named Miley seems determined to spoil the experience for everyone, and Kylie decides to discover what her problem is.

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through emails.

Like bug juice on a burger by Julie Sternberg

As the days go on, nine-year-old Eleanor realizes that maybe being at summer camp isn't so bad after all, and is full of special surprises.

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol

Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

Also available in: e-book

Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.


World War II spies by Sean Price

As World War II erupted in 1939, all eyes focused on the front lines. But behind the scenes, spies had a huge impact. Learn the secrets of World War II's most influential spies and how their undercover work affected major events of the war.

Summer science by Katie Coppens

Acadia Greene, who always has questions ready for anything, uses the scientific method to find out where sand comes from, why the sun rises early in the summer, and who keeps stealing her blueberries.

It's time for summer camp! Kylie Jean here. Did I tell you that I once became the summer camp queen? You can be a summer camp queen too. Make a fancy tiara like mine, a fluttering butterfly, and even a camp spirit stick. Now get outside and start crafting!

Inspired by the classic crafts that you made in summer camp, Vacation Crafting provides more than 150 child-friendly projects for girls and boys ages 4 to 12. Kids will learn to make friendship bracelets, woven potholders, pony bead animals, plastic lanyards, wire art, rubber band jewelry, foam crafts, scoubidou, paracord gear, and more. 

The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers.

Discusses where to camp, what gear is needed, and what food to bring, and provides information on choosing equipment, setting up camp, storage, cleanliness, building a campfire, other things to do while camping, and staying safe outdoors.

Once upon a time, kids learned the most amazing and unusual things. They learned how to shelter and clothe themselves, how to build a fire, tie knots, and read a compass. They learned how to spend a comfortable night in the forest without a nylon tent. The Young Adventurer's Guide brings back forgotten skills like using the stars instead of GPS and building forts out of foraged sticks.

Canoeing and kayaking by Stephanie Turnbull

Offers an introduction to the sports of canoeing and kayaking, looking at the equipment needed, skills involved, safety measures needed to reduce the danger involved, and different varieties of each activity

Toasting marshmallows : camping poems by Kristine O'Connell George

Everything that happens when you go camping can be an adventure, from getting dressed inside your sleeping bag on a chilly morning to meeting a moose to sharing secrets in a tent at night. 

Molly's story takes place during an important turning point in American history. The text comes alive as Molly tells her story in letters and diaries. Modern and historical illustrations and photos.


Presents an introduction to the life of the passionate performer and civil rights activist that traces her journey from the slums of St. Louis to the world's most famous stages.

Tells the story of how Margaret spent her early years observing the natural world before mastering the art of photography and became the first female war photojournalist in World War II.

There was a full moon on the evening of September 22, 1943, when Pearl Witherington, age 29, parachuted into France to aid the French Resistance as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Out of the 400 agents sent to France during the German occupation, 39 were women. 

Presents the life and career of the Chinese American woman who dreamed of flying as a child and who went on to become one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to serve during World War II.

When Hitler invaded Poland, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted, instead of returning home, she headed to France. In a country divided by freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. 

Hedy Lamarr : reimagining radio by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Shares the life of the actress and inventor, including her childhood and education, her troubled first marriage, and how she helped the Allies during World War II.

Illustrator James McMullan discusses how his early childhood in China and his wartime journeys with his mother influenced his life and career.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she used her proximity to presidents and her own power to aid in the fight for Civil Rights and other important causes. 

Of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) confirmed or presumed dead in World War II, only one -- Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins -- is still missing. On October 26, 1944, the 32-year-old fighter plane pilot lifted off from Mines Field in Los Angeles. She was never seen again.