Avery and Bett aren’t thrilled to be attending camp with each other but they end up having more fun than they expected and become best friends. In honor of their friendship I paired up with my real life best friend, Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats (the Bett to my Avery) for this blog tour.
From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.
Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends–and possibly, one day, even sisters.
But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can’t imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
Published by Dial Books on February 12, 2019
Bett and Avery do tons of fun activities while they’re at camp and we’re sharing some camp activities inspired by the book. You can do these activities with your class, scout troop, or kids after you read the book!
- Collaborative script writing: Bett and Avery help with stage an off-Broadway play and learn a lot about theater throughout the novel. Create a totally, unique play by incorporating lots of different styles and voices through writing a collaborative script. Take turns writing dialogue and stage directions in a small group and then perform the play.
- Cookie cutter bird feeders: Bett loves animals and takes extra special care of piglets at the summer camp she attends. You can show some extra love and care to local birds by mixing bird seed and unflavored gelatin. Fill the cookie cutters with the mix and add a string to your bird feeder. You can collect feathers, like Avery, from the birds who visit your feeder.
- Friendship bracelets: Bett and Avery always find a way to be connected even when they’re not together. Make a friendship bracelet for a friend who doesn’t live nearby. You can even use morse code to include a secret message!
- Borax crystals: Bett and Avery do a lot of fun activities at their STEM camp and they would’ve loved watching borax crystals form! Use powdered borax, pipe cleaners, neon food coloring, and other household supplies to make a totally unique creation. Check out this blog post for more information.
- DIY Postcard: Collage a postcard during your travels using travel brochures, receipts, ticket stubs, and other papers that represent your vacation, field trip, or camp!
I’ll be sending my postcard to Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, Cats. Check out her blog to see what she’ll be sending me and for even more camp activities inspired by To Night Owl From Dogfish!
Thank you to Dial Books for the free review copy.
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Counting by 7s and Short, among other novels.
Meg Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in the town of Syosset, on Long Island, and sold her first novel, Sleepwalking, while a senior in college. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, including The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, The Wife, and The Female Persuasion; the young adult novel Belzhar; and the middle-grade novel The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.