The Sun Will Come Out

Orca. Apr. 2021. 296p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781459825871.
Gr 3-7–Eleven-year-old Bea, who is white, has always dreamed of attending sleepaway Camp Shalom with her best friend. Shortly before the summer begins, Bea learns that her friend is going to horse camp instead. Attending camp alone is Bea’s first experience with independence. At first she is so nervous that she breaks out in hives and gets picked on by a pair of mean girls. But she also makes new friends and learns to confront problems instead of running from them. The camp production of her favorite musical, Annie, provides a through line and eventual triumph. Bea is a relatable narrator. Judaism and kind camp staff provide language and support for Bea’s life lessons. Readers who share her faith may recognize words, but all readers will relate to concepts such as kindness and bravery.
VERDICT Books about gaining independence at summer camp are a crowded field, but there is plenty of room for this sweet, fresh take.

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