Camp Club Girls: Bailey

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 May 2019

Member Reviews

Like I covered in my previous review of another book in this series, this book is an anthology of 4 books in the Camp Club Girls series that the publishers of the original series are republishing. This book covers the adventures of Bailey, my favorite Camp Club Girl! The books in this anthology are Books 6, 12, 15, and 23 from the original publishing.

Book 6: Bailey's Peoria Problem This one was INTENSE! There was kidnapping/a hostage situation, sheep sheering, secret messages, and The Whole Shebang™. For being 9 and 12 years old, they certainly have a) a lot of independence and b) a a lot of opportunities to get into danger! A bit at the end felt a little too deus ex machina (re: the bit of internet sleuthing that the girls did) but it would've made sense when I was about 10. 3/5

Book 12: Bailey's Estes Park Excitement This was a really fun mystery! I enjoyed the park/vacation mystery vibes, and yet again, I enjoyed how the girls made friends by being nice to the other people, and extended a lot of grace. The spooky/ghost part was really fun too! 4/5

Book 15: Bailey and the Santa Fe Secret This was a fun book, albeit a little (lot) deus ex machina: I pretty much had all of the things predicted, and it got a bit cheesy, because eVERY thing you could imagine, happened. The storyline was really cool, but it was also pretty similar to Elizabeth's Amarilla Adventure, so I wasn't really a fan of this book. 2/5

Book 23: Bailey and the Florida Mermaid Park Mystery The thing where they pretty much pinpoint all of the perpetrators right away is getting a bit old. This was a fun one though, I enjoyed the amusement park twist, as well as the mermaid angle. This was my favorite book of the series, and the happy ending was really fun! 4/5

My Rating-
While I tended to rate each of the individual stories lower than average, it was simply because it was a series that was not for me: I’m not really in the middle-grade demographic. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to girls that are in the proper age range who would enjoy it, and I would have enjoyed when I was that age. This series wasn't as enjoyable for me . . . simply because I didn't enjoy some of the stories as much as I did in the Elizabeth collection: book 15 in particular was just a lot of fluff in my opinion.
Was this review helpful?
This was a great, uplifting story for the young readers. As an adult, I was bored with the story but my daughter loved it. It was great to be able to talk about afterwards
Was this review helpful?
I am loving reading these collections of mystery stories for young readers! These books are so full of fun and adventure and page turning events. This particular volume of the Camp Club Girls series is by a new-to-me author, Linda Carlblom, and let me tell you that she did a terrific job! I loved every minute of this book.

This collection is Bailey’s adventures. I loved that Carlblom featured The Stanley Hotel in one of Bailey’s stories. As a long time fan of all things Ghost-y, my son and I loved watching the Ghost Hunters episode of The Stanley Hotel. Bailey’s adventure there brought back the memories of that for sure. I loved watching Bailey, Kate and Biscuit search for clues, and try to solve the mystery.

That’s just one of the four stories in this collection. Each one features Bailey and one of her camp friends, and they all seek to solve the mystery. Each story is filled with fun for readers of all ages, but are geared toward the ages of 8-14. These stories are beautifully written, and help to teach the rights and wrongs of growing up, along with messages from God.

If you have a young reader in your life, this is perfect for them. They will be captivated and taken on the adventurous fun that these girls have, and will likely want to be just like them. Once again, another modern day Nancy Drew collection for today’s kids. Definitely worthy of 4 stars and high recommendations from this fan!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Was this review helpful?
I got these books for my 11 year old daughter. They are cute and wholesome and she's loving this series!
Was this review helpful?
The Camp Club Girls series continues with stories that are focused on Bailey, the youngest of the Camp Club Girls. It is enjoyable adventure series that are not scary. The girls are not perfect children who do no wrong but they are characters who admit when they are wrong, apologize, learn from mistakes and have good morals which are great traits for young readers to emulate.
This book has four mysteries which Bailey solves with at least one other girl from the club with the other campers providing support virtually in a number of areas. These tales are enjoyable and are sure to take the reader on an adventure as well as be a little educational.
My one major complaint would be the order the stories are put together. Given the details provided the first story should have been second if not third in the line up.
Was this review helpful?
This is a collection of four wonderful pre-teen mysteries.

I loved reading all of these mysteries with Bailey Chang as the central, connecting element in them. In each one she is joined by one of her friends from camp. Once they come across a mystery they bring the rest of the group in by phone to help solve it.

I thoroughly enjoy the fact that each girl has a special interest and ability that they use to help the group out.

The four mysteries are very different from each other and they all held my attention. One of my favorite things about these stories is the fact that the girls pray, asking God for guidance and protection.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Was this review helpful?
I found Camp Club Girls Bailey by Linda Carlblom to be an intriguing book.  I could not tell when the next cliffhanger was going to start or what was going to happen and this kept me right on reading.  I laughed at all the pranks that were brought about.  I saw while reading the importance of responsibility and the consequences of irresponsibility. Parental note:  My daughter (14) is just eating these books up.  FYI:  Ghosts are part of the first story but the author does bring around, using the Bible, the truth about ghosts.  
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing/Netgalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

Also posted on B&N, CBD
Was this review helpful?
Linda Carlblom’s “Camp Club Girls: Bailey” 4-in-1 collection includes “Bailey’s Estes Park Excitement”, “Bailey’s Peoria Problem”’, “Bailey and the Sante Fe Secret”, and “Bailey and the Florida Mermaid Park Mystery” with Kate, Alex, Elizabeth, and Sydney each partnering with Bailey, respectively. These mysteries provide just the right amount of danger and suspense to keep girls engaged without being frightening and fall between the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew as far as reading level and intensity are concerned. The Camp Club Girls series has a nice diversity of characters from different racial backgrounds, united by their faith in God and their knack for solving capers. Although each story focuses on an adventure with two of the girls, the rest of the club is always kept up-to-date on the mystery and offers support through research and prayer. Scripture is quoted frequently and woven neatly into each story, and the girls are given a chance to reach out to others and evangelize as they work on each case. However, they do make mistakes, and they have vulnerabilities, which also teaches an important lesson: none of us are perfect. 

These stories included several interesting scenarios and settings. From elk stampeding through town to sheep bearing strange messages, from a Native American pottery shop in the desert to Mermaid Park in Florida, there is no shortage of mysteries for Bailey and her friends to solve! They make new friends along the way and help those in need, all while having fun and strengthening their faith. I would highly recommend this series to girls ages 8 and up!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Was this review helpful?
If you have grown up with the Saddle Club and BSC like I did, this series is amazing for teen and preteen girls. The adventure & mystery is there, but also character / faith lessons that will make learning life lessons a little easier. 

Bailey's the youngest Camp Club Girl. She is fearless and full of dreams. I love her spunk and curiosity. Her faith grows, and her desire to become famous is something! She's determined and courageous.

Bailey is the most likely to minimize and underestimate the danger, and just take one more step. Usually solving the case, but not before getting them into some kind of hot water. 

In the Bailey collection, these girls get to learn practical lessons about both sheep 🐑 and pottery, as well as making the spritual connections and application of the scriptures on those subjects. 

📌 I received an advance copy of the book from @NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Was this review helpful?
Camp Club Girls: Bailey is a fun collection of four mysteries. They include: 
Camp Club Girls: Bailey’s Estes Park Excitement
Camp Club Girls: Bailey’s Peoria Problem
Camp Club Girls: Bailey and the Santa Fe Secret
Camp Club Girls: Bailey and the Florida Mermaid Park Mystery
I enjoyed every one of these quick stories. I found Bailey and her friends to be inspiring and great role models for young girls. I would not have any problem handing this book over to my nine year old daughter and allow her to read it. I would love to get the other books in the series to complete the set. I believe she would enjoy it more than me and I loved it. I give it five plus stars. 
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Was this review helpful?
I really liked reading this collection even though I am not in the age range it was written for. The dialogue between the characters was fun and realistic.

It was really cool that the girls are all different ages, ranging from nine to fourteen and it adds an unexpected perspective to the story. I also liked how they all had very distinct personalities and came from different parts of the United States.

The character development was great but Bailey and many other characters acted way older than their ages.

One thing that was a bit disappointing was that this collection has nothing to do with series order. Instead, the books are sorted by character.

I can 100% say that this would have been a favorite of mine when I was younger.
Was this review helpful?
Camp Club Girls- Bailey by Linda Carlblom continues the stories of the Camp Club Girls and their mystery solving skills. Bailey is featured in each story in this book and the mysteries take us to Estes Park, CO, Peoria, IL, Santa Fe, NM and Golden, FL. Each location has a mystery to solve and we are blessed with much information about the area and often its history. 
The first story is Bailey’s Este’s Park Excitement. Bailey and her family along with her friend from camp, Kate, accompany Bailey’s father on a business trip. They are staying at the historic, and possibly haunted, Stanley Hotel. Will the girls, along with wonder dog Biscuit, be able to solve the mystery of the cowboy and other ghosts? 
The Mystery Man and the Mystery House finds Bailey visiting her Aunt and Uncle on their farm. Her friend Alex is along on this trip. Marshall Gonzalez has not been seen for seven years and his relatives are planning to have him declared dead. When the girls discover an old house and that someone is living in it, they begin to wonder if they have uncovered a mystery. Then mysterious messages begin to appear on the sheep they are shearing. Is this a prank or is it the real Marshall Gonzalez?
Bailey and the Santa Fe Secret is next and just as exciting. Bailey and Elizabeth are visiting her mother’s cousin to help in her pottery shop. The cousin, Halona, is Native American and Bailey and her family learn a lot about the traditions and life on the reservation. When Bailey accidentally breaks a family heirloom pot what secrets will she uncover? 
The Florida Mermaid Park is the fourth story and we find Bailey visiting her grandmother along with her friend, Sydney. The small park has been in operation for many years but now a bigger park wants to take over. Strange things begin to happen. Is it coincidence or intentional sabotage?
This series is wonderful for your pre-teen to teen girls. It showcases girls as being smart and courageous. The girls sometimes do dumb things but what teen doesn’t? These stories would be good to read as a parent and child together and discuss or as young readers group. As a grandmother, I enjoyed reading these stories also. I give this book 5 of 5 stars. 
I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Was this review helpful?
Accepting these stories for what they are, they’re pretty good. It's so hard to read books for this grade level as an adult, and this one wasn't very engaging for me now, but I read most of this series back when I was of the age (2/4 of Bailey's stories) and I really loved them then. Good role models, interesting stories, and good diversity—in race and in character personality. I also love that they move across the states so you can learn a little about other places. 

As for the collection, I find it odd that they bound up the books by the narrating character rather than in numbered order because even though the chronological order doesn’t matter, I remember loving that the personality and the focused characters’ strengths would cycle, so, for example, you weren’t reading all about the one character who is good at working with technology and that’s how they solve every mystery. 

So maybe don’t get these bind-ups, but I do vouch for the series on its own.
Was this review helpful?
Cute book for early readers. It was well written. I think I will share these with my niece. She likes stories like these shell be glad I had this
Was this review helpful?
This is a very well written book that will hold a young girls attention. All four stories are really good mysteries that the Camp Club Girls try to solve. It has a very good lesson in each story and a message of God's grace and love.  This book is suitable for any girl 9 years old and up. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Was this review helpful?