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Striking the Perfect Chord: A Review of "Camp Prodigy" by Caroline Palmer

Gather 'round the campfire and discover "Camp Prodigy" by Caroline Palmer, a graphic novel published by Atheneum for Young Readers. Set against the backdrop of a vibrant summer orchestra camp, this story follows Tate Seong, a determined but struggling violist, and Eli, a former prodigy battling performance anxieties. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and friendship, learning to embrace their true selves along the way. Filled with relatable struggles, nonbinary representation, and stunning artwork, "Camp Prodigy" is a must-read for young readers and music enthusiasts alike. Plus, we're excited to announce a special giveaway—don't miss your chance to win a copy!

"Camp Prodigy" by Caroline Palmer

Camp Prodigy by Caroline Palmer

Title: Camp Prodigy

Author: Caroline Palmer

Publisher: Atheneum for Young Readers

Pub. Date: June 11, 2024

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Paperback

Pages: 256

Preorder & Buy links: Amazon, Goodreads

Perfect for fans of Victoria Jamieson and Raina Telgemeier, this heartwarming middle grade graphic novel follows two nonbinary kids who navigate anxiety and identity while having fun and forming friendships at their summer orchestra camp.

After attending an incredible concert, Tate Seong is inspired to become a professional violist. There’s just one problem: they’re the worst musician at their school.

Tate doesn’t even have enough confidence to assert themself with their friends or come out as nonbinary to their family, let alone attempt a solo anytime soon. Things start to look up when Tate attends a summer orchestra camp—Camp Prodigy—and runs into Eli, the remarkable violist who inspired Tate to play in the first place.

But Eli has been hiding their skills ever since their time in the spotlight gave them a nervous breakdown. Together, can they figure out how to turn Tate into a star and have Eli overcome their performance anxieties? Or will the pressure take them both down?


My Book Review


"Camp Prodigy" is a delightful and heartwarming graphic novel that strikes all the right chords. Caroline Palmer masterfully crafts a story that is as rich in character as it is in emotion. The cast of odd and lovable characters makes this book a standout, each one bringing their unique personality to the forefront, ensuring that every middle grader will find someone to identify with.

Image of MC Tate from Camp Prodigy

Tate Seong is an inspiring protagonist, whose journey from self-doubt to self-acceptance is both relatable and moving. Their struggles with confidence, identity, and the pressure to perform are depicted with sensitivity and realism. Eli, on the other hand, presents a compelling narrative about the pressures of prodigious talent and the anxiety that often accompanies it. Their dynamic together is beautifully portrayed, showcasing a friendship that is supportive, understanding, and transformative.

One of the highlights of "Camp Prodigy" is its nonbinary representation. Both Tate and Eli's stories provide a much-needed perspective that is both specific to their experiences and universally relatable. Palmer handles these themes with grace, offering young readers a chance to see themselves in characters who are navigating similar challenges.

The setting of a summer orchestra camp is perfect for music lovers and band or orchestra nerds. Palmer's depiction of the camp is vibrant and full of life, making it a place readers will wish they could visit. The detailed and charming illustrations add an extra layer of engagement, bringing the story and its characters to life in a way that words alone could not.

Image of an excerpt from Camp Prodigy

"Camp Prodigy" also delves into the pressures of achieving excellence and the toll it can take on young minds. It's a powerful reminder that being "good" at something isn't the only path to fulfillment and that perseverance and passion are just as important.

In conclusion, "Camp Prodigy" by Caroline Palmer is a touching and inspiring graphic novel that will resonate with readers of all ages. Its heartwarming story, diverse cast of characters, and beautiful artwork make it a standout read. Don't miss your chance to enter our giveaway and win a copy of this fantastic book. Whether you're a music enthusiast, a middle grader looking for relatable characters or someone who loves a good summer camp adventure, "Camp Prodigy" is a book you'll want to add to your collection.

Thank you, Atheneum for Young Readers for the book and my honest review.

Author of Camp Prodigy
Caroline Palmer

About the author:

Caroline Palmer (they/them) is a nonbinary comic creator. Their work has been published in the comics anthology, A Taste of Home (2020) by Level Ground Comics, and they’ve been consistently updating their

Webtoon Talent de Lune since 2016.


One (1) hardcover copy of "Camp Prodigy" by Caroline Palmer. USA only. Ends on June 30, 2024, at Midnight EST.

1 Comment

Mike Law
Mike Law
Jun 11

This looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

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