Campfire Cookies

Martha Freeman (Author)


The girls from Flowerpot Cabin are back at camp in Martha Freeman's second novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called "a younger version of Ann Brashares's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" by School Library Journal.

Recipe for Summer Drama

1 girl counselor, broken-hearted
1 boy counselor, super-cute
4 determined campers

Mix all ingredients together for eight weeks at Moonlight Ranch summer camp. For best results, add cookies.

The Secret Cookie Club members Grace, Emma, Olivia, and Lucy are excited to be back at Moonlight Ranch summer camp with their beloved counselor, Hannah. But when a mysterious letter arrives, Hannah is plunged into despair. Secret Cookie Club to the rescue!

After puzzling out the contents of the letter, they make a plan to fix Hannah's life--a plan that requires a magic spell, a daring mission to the boys camp, and a big batch of campfire cookies. What could possibly go wrong? With a dash of romance, a pinch of mystery, and a heaping tablespoon of fun, this camp adventure is as satisfying as a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publish Date
May 17, 2016
5.3 X 1.0 X 7.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Martha Freeman has written fiction for children of all ages. The Horn Book praised her rich details and well-drawn characters in her most recent novel The Orphan and the Mouse, declaring it "a satisfying package of happy homecomings, evil exposed, and the virtues of loyalty, bravery, and literacy rewarded." She lives in Philadelphia.


The four members of Flowerpot Cabin reunite for another summer of friendship, romance, mystery, and cookies (The Secret Cookie Club, 2015). Olivia, Grace, Emma, and Lucy are determined to win Top Cabin as well as rank highest in Chore Score, but when their counselor, Hannah, receives a breakup letter from her boyfriend, the girls rally to support her. They reason that what Hannah needs is a new boyfriend. And what could be better at sparking a summer romance than secret cookies? For their plan to succeed, however, they are going to need everyone's help. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard to talk to boys, particularly if one of those boys is the crush-worthy Vivek. The story excels in its direct approach to demographics: Olivia is African-American, the daughter of a successful barbecue-sauce magnate; Grace is biracial, white and ethnic Chinese; Emma is a white, Jewish girl from Philadelphia; Lucy is white and not so well-to-do; Vivek is second-generation Indian-American.--Kirkus Reviews "March 1, 2016 "
When Olivia, Grace, Lucy, and Emma return for a second summer at Moonlight Ranch in Arizona, they try to mend their camp counselor Hannah's love life with cookies. . . . Freeman's newest covers just the summer, opening with the campers' arrival and closing on their last day. Told from alternating points of view--the girls in first person, and Hannah in third--this is a cheerful story of Arizona camp life and horseback riding, as well as the girls' determined matchmaking efforts. The four 10- and 11-year-olds are as different as can be from one another in terms of personalities, strengths, families, and backgrounds (racial, ethnic, and economic), but the bond they've developed is strong. Freeman skillfully weaves in events from their first summer together so that readers can begin the series here, but her appealing middle-grade characters are so welldrawn that readers old and new will be eager for more. Recipes included. -- Kathleen Isaacs--Booklist "May 18, 2016 "