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Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Princess Angelica, Camp Catastrophe

by (author) Monique Polak

illustrated by Jane Heinrichs

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Chapter Books, Humorous Stories, Imagination & Play
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Angelica isn't a liar, she just loves making up stories.

When Angelica goes to sleepaway camp and is mistaken for a princess, she could easily clear up the misunderstanding...but pretending to be royalty is way more fun! When her best friend from home surprises her at camp, Angelica is forced to fess up. Luckily, she also has a talent for repairing things, and when disaster strikes on the girls' kayaking trip, Jelly has to repair more than just her newfound friendships.


About the authors



MONIQUE POLAK is the author of 26 novels for young readers, as well as two non-fiction titles and a board book. Her books Hate Mail, Room for One More, and the historical novel What World is Left, which was inspired by her mother’s experience during the Holocaust, were all winners of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature.



Her books have also been nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Arthur Ellis Award, and several have been selected as Best Books for Children and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.



She is also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Macleans, and Postmedia newspapers across the country, and is a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! Monique lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College.


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Editorial Reviews

"Princess Angelica: Camp Catastrophe is a great chapter book that children will relate to, especially if they have been to summer camp. Who cannot enjoy a book with adventure and messages built in? Hopefully Ms. Polak tells more stories about the delightful Princess Angelica!"

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"[Angelica] is a strong female character who is capable of solving her own problems…This story has broad appeal, and readers will find themselves relating to Angelica's struggles. Polak succinctly captures the insecurities one encounters when meeting new people and trying new things…Angelica's flaws and strengths drive the story, and readers will enjoy travelling into her magical royal court before settling in to realize that she is just like them: she, too, makes mistakes and has insecurities. Illustrations bring the camp setting to life and elaborate on some of the situations in which Angelica finds herself…An enjoyable read with a strong message and relatable characters. Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Angelica is a kind feminist who befriends all who meet her…[A] summer-camp story about being yourself."

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