Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus …

Publisher: Yearling
Imagine being Camille McPhee. She has low blood sugar, so she carries extra food in a cooler. Would you want to do that?

Didn't think so.

And you wouldn’t want to fall under the school bus. That happened to Camille too!
Her cat, Checkers, is lost. And her best friend, Sally, moved to Japan.

It would be hard to stay optimistic, right? But Camille is what her mom calls HOPEFUL. Because really? There are plenty of things to be positive about:

gifted reading
a nonsqueaky mattress
eating banned foods
the big blue butterfly

Even making a new friend. Imagine that!


"The lively, first-person narrative moves readers through possibly banal or overly traumatic episodes with a gentleness and humor that has them rooting for Camille. This book about friendship and loss kindly teaches that life is pretty much what one is willing to make of it."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Camille's a survivor, 'born with the power to bounce back,' which she does with surprising panache and hope in this touching debut."--Kirkus Reviews

"Middle-grade readers will enjoy the insider's viewpoint, the blend of farce and sorrow, and the ending, which brings no neat resolution, just a yearning for a world that feels 'a little more fair.'"--Booklist