Here’s a coming of age teen romance that has survived the test of time. Written in 1978, this book by Ellen Conford can be found in just about every library but otherwise it’s hard to find.
Thirteen-year-old Melanie Kessler is begrudgingly starting summer camp. An only child, she’s not keen on leaving her parents and being away from home and her fears are realized when she becomes the target of the camp’s bully. But when the camp hosts a dance, Melanie meets Steve Tepper and suddenly the summer looks a little brighter.
A sweet romance, this story is right up there with classics like “Are you There God, It’s me Margaret” by Judy Blume and “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery. I had to add this book to “Fun Reads” because it’s just too cute not to mention but often forgotten over the years. I also frequently see adults reference this book as one they loved growing up. If you have a young girl in your life, this book would make a sweet gift. That is, if you can still find a copy.