Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Diary of a Real Payne- Book review and Giveaway

Yep!  EJ's back!  And this time she is headed for church camp and in for a big surprise.

If you remember a while back I had the privilege of reviewing Annie Tipton's book Diary of a Real Payne - True Story and we loved it.  So when Annie's publishing folks contacted me about reviewing the second in the series, we jumped at the chance.

Diary of a Real Payne - Church Camp Chaos is just as funny and charming as the first book.  The main character, EJ, is finishing up 4th grade and looking forward to a fun filled summer vacation, complete with a week of church camp.  As before, the chapters alternate between the story and excerpts from EJ's diary.  And just as before, EJ's imagination is in rare form.  Often in the middle of what she is doing she imagines herself as a famous chef, a detective, a world famous golfer and so much more.

In addition, there is an underlying mystery wovern throughout the story line that EJ must unravel.  I don't want to give it away, but I have to tell you, it was one that particularly excited our family and makes us even more hopeful that there will be a third book to continue that theme!

My plan after receiving this book was to first read it myself and then read it as a read out loud for my boys, ages 6 and 12.  No such luck.  I only got about three chapters in before my oldest son confiscated it and read it in two days.  His verdic t- "That is as funny as the first one!"  Luckily for him, he saved my place.  So now I am reading it to the youngest.  His favorite part, of course, is EJ's little brother and his silliness.  Go figure! ;)

Once again, Annie Tipton has written a winner!  She surrounds her fun stories with love, laughter, and adventure and makes family reading time enjoyable.  To be able to find a story for this age group that is not full of fluff, but instead teaches character and honesty while celebrating a Christian family setting is rare!  We can't wait til she does it again!

Would you like to win a copy of Diary of a Real Payne - Church Camp Chaos?  Just fill out the rafflecopter below.

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You can also purchase Diary of a Real Payne- Church Camp Chaos for less than $6 from Amazon.  The two books would make a great gift for a child in your life, promise!




  1. We have enjoyed the Poppy series by Avi. Lately, the kids have really enjoyed the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly.

  2. The Humphrey series. Jennifer H.

  3. We have enjoyed the humpfrey books as well!

  4. We enjoyed the Mysterious Benedict Society and several other series. Thanks for the chance to win this next book in the series!

  5. I don't really know, we read lots of books each day. I don't really have a favorite.

  6. I have trouble deciding. Right now, I'm reading Wheel on the School to my youngest and enjoying it for a second time.


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