Every year the Vicar helps out on a CPAS Pathfinder venture (known as ‘camp’ even though we don’t use tents) in Devon, and I join him there with the kids. A great time is had by all learning about Jesus and having a fabulous holiday. This year I have volunteered to help out with the bookstall. They have one every year and I noticed last year that the selection of books was tailored more to the upper age of the camp and to the more literate kids.
A diverse range of children come along to our camp, from 14 year old clergy kids from the suburban Home Counties to 11 year old barely literate unchurched youngsters from the inner city. And I think it’s a real challenge to find books that will suit them. I’m currently hunting for recommendations and have bought a small pile of books to review from our local CLC bookshop.
In my review pile are the following:
- Deadly Emily by Kathy Lee (the Queen gobbled this up in a couple of hours and very much enjoyed it)
- The Shock of Your Life by Adrian Holloway (recommended by the CLC manager)
- Afterwards I Knew by Christine Farenhorst
- Jesus Rose from the Dead by Catherine MacKenzie
- Friends First by Claire Pedrick and Andy Morgan
- For Girls Only! Devotions by Carolyn Larsen
- No Girls Allowed Devotions by Jayce O’Neal
- The Manga Bible by Siku
- Esther: God’s Invisible Hand by Helen Clark
I’ve had a couple of recommendations which I’ve not managed to pick up: Hannah MacFarlane’s books and that old classic, The Chocolate Teapot by David Lawrence.
I would love to have an appropriate book for every Pathfinder this year. So I am asking around for recommendations. Have you found any good Christian literature recently? I’m not just looking for books either – how about journals, booklets or dvds?
If you’ve done youthwork, or have kids between the ages of 11-14, give or take a couple of years, or have any ideas at all, I’d love to get your recommendations. Have you run a bookstall on a summer camp? What sells well to younger teens? I’m especially interested in books that will appeal to boys, who I know are often not keen readers. All help gratefully received!