Hope Dalvay will launch her new book Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the Blank (Acorn Press) on August 3 at 1 pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown.
Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank is about a fourteen-year-old girl named Page (without an “i”), who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her Canadian parents work. Page’s perfectly organized life turns upside down when her parents send her to Prince Edward Island to babysit her cousins Crusoe and Danger (those are their real names) for the summer. The only problem is that her cousins feel that they are too old to have a babysitter—they would rather be at summer camp. Page realizes the solution to the problem is to give her cousins exactly what they want: summer camp in their own backyard. Despite Page’s meticulous efforts to plan a different theme for each week of Camp Fill-in-the-Blank, she quickly learns that life with her cousins rarely goes according to plan.
Hope Dalvay began writing her debut middle-grade novel My Upside Down Summer as a way to “escape” the notoriously harsh winter of 2015 in her home province of Prince Edward Island. As a child, Hope was often found with her nose buried in a book, lost in another world. Her love of words continued into adulthood when she fell into a career as a copyeditor. She rediscovered the joy of children’s literature while reading bedtime stories to her two boys and says that she is delighted to have found a passion for writing that allows her to transform her daydreams into stories while sitting by a cosy fire.