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Camp Out Quest: Agents of H.E.A.R.T.

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Obligatory I did not read the first in this series. When you’re a kid, you don’t really understand like, levels of Terribleness, which is weirdly reflected in this book? Evie’s step-mom says that because her puppy stole a hot dog from another set of campers, the police might come and take away her puppy, and this is treated as the Worst Possible Thing that could happen. Which it is! And cops are not really in the business of taking away dogs; in reality they would probably do much worse. I simply don’t think they should be mentioned in the book at all, and certainly not used a threat (towards a puppy??). Anyhow, that’s all mediocre, but the rest of the story is cute and the illustrations are great. Two stars for weird morals and cops; I wouldn’t pick this one up.
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Evie and her two friends, Iris and Zak, want to join a woods-themed scavenger hunt, and camp out overnight.  When Evie's parents agree, the kids are thrilled, but Evie has one more wish.  She wants to keep the puppy.

To make sure her wish comes true, Evie uses an unusually written magic fairytale book to summon three "rescue princesses."  They cause chaos and headaches, as usual, but a little fairy dust may be exactly what she needs.

The fairytale princess part is inventive.  The three kids (Evie and friends), and their evil nemeses are formulaic.  Bending the plot for the properly dramatic set-up gets ridiculous.  (Who cooks a platter of hotdogs, puts them on a table, then goes in a camper for buns?)

Evie's step-mom doesn't support or fight for her at all, which bothered me tremendously.
When the puppy takes a hotdog from other campers--who threaten to have them ejected from the campground--Evie's step-mom tells the kids to pack up; everyone acts like it was unforgivable and could end with the police taking the puppy.  (To puppy jail?)

I tried so hard to like this book, and it did have some bright spots, but antics and difficulties of a puppy just aren't felony level crimes, and the step-mom's attitudes ruined the book for me.

3/5

Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends, and NetGalley for the preview of this ebook pdf; the review is voluntary.

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This is the second book in the Agents of Heart and was a really fun read. Starting right after the other book ended Evie is trying to keep Fudge the dog that she found abandoned but he keeps making messes around the café. But Evie has a plan to take a big family camping trip to convince her stepmother that they should keep the dog and coming with them are her best friends Zak and Iris. Evie enlists the help of the Agents to try and stall her parents from leaving camp when it ends up a disaster and of course they make things worse trying to help. This was a great book and I can’t wait to read the next adventure with the Agents of Heart. 

Thanks to Feiwel & Friends and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.
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Camp Out Quest is a fantastic book for reluctant readers. Kids of all ages will love Evie and her wonderful stray puppy, Fudge.

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.
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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

Adorable! I loved reading this to my kids, fun for the whole family.
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This is the second book in the Agents of H.E.A.R.T. series. I didn't read the first book and I definitely think to really enjoy and grasp what's happening in this book you really should. The chapters aren't too long, which is perfect for independent readers that aren't quite ready for longer chapter books. The story is fun and interesting. There are a few illustrations sprinkled throughout, which breaks up the text without making the book seem too young for the intended audience.
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