About this project
"A wild and zany camping adventure that will leave you begging for more. A must read for middle graders looking for something out of the ordinary." - Dorine White, author of The Awakening & Cleopatra's Legacy series
Connor's summer is off to a rough start: the camp bus almost crashes, his cabin mates don't trust him, and the girls on the other side of the camp constantly outsmart him. But when he and his friends Tasha, Parker, and Kimberly investigate the mystery surrounding the "Ghost of Dead Billy," they begin a hilarious adventure that is worlds away from your typical campfire story.
Author Wade Bradford (Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? - Tricycle Press) and Skyrocket Press team up to bring you a quirky, funny, creepy adventure book for middle grade readers. The book is already written and is on the path toward publication, with artists Matthew Easterbrook and Emma Michaels on cover design, Dorine White on developmental edits, Laurisa Reyes on formatting and interior design, and Katie Buniak on proofreading.
But to bring CAMP OMIGOSH to life, we need your help. The money raised will pay for all the professional services mentioned above as well as a strategic marketing and promotional plan to get the book into the hands of as many kids as possible, particularly through schools and libraries.
Rewards for backing this project include signed copies of the book, posters, and backpacks. Wade is also offering Skype and in-person author visits to schools. This is a great gift to give your local school, to bring a published author to meet and inspire the students in your home town.
Make the world a happier place--help fund CAMP OMIGOSH today! Thank you!
MEET WADE BRADFORD, AUTHOR OF CAMP OMIGOSH:
SKYROCKET PRESS: What plays have you written?
WADE BRADFORD: I have written over thirty plays, most of which have been perfomed by schools and community theaters across the country, and even on other continents. Some of my more popular plays are: The Actor Games, CSI: Neverland, Tomorrow's Wish, and Sleeping Beauty and the Beast. As you may have noticed from the titles, I like mash-ups.
SP: What is your writing process?
WADE: It depends on the project. I usually start a play by writing in my journal, and then once I finish a scene I create a second draft of it by typing it onto the computer. For Camp Omigosh, I wrote almost the whole book on my iPad. It took me about three months to write the first six chapters. And then after that, I started writing one chapter a day.
SP: What is your favorite writing snack?
WADE: Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream.
SP: What do you want to be when you grow up?
WADE: A time traveling plumber.
SP: Who is your hero?
WADE: My wife and daughters.
SP: If you could rewrite the ending to any book, what would it be?
WADE: It might be a new ending to Mockingjay. (Spoiler Alert!) "Hey, Katniss! Guess who? It's me, Primm!" The End.
SP: What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
WADE: Ugh... So many to choose from.... Can't decide.... and brain... does ... not want... to... remember!
SP: Do you believe in ghosts?
WADE: I don't know. I haven't met any... yet.
SP: Do you have a secret dream?
WADE: If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret now, would it?
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EXCERPT FROM CAMP OMIGOSH!
That night in my bunk, after a jump in the uber-chilly Lake
Wutt-Da-Heck, I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about Tasha. Did she like me or
hate me? I couldn't tell. She probably didn't think about me at all.
"Hey, Parker, you awake?" I asked.
Parker snored in response. I shined my flashlight to see if he was faking. He wasn't. He slept with his mouth wide open and a string of drool stretched from his lip to his pillow. He held his lucky golf ball in his hand.
I clicked off my flashlight and tried to go to sleep.
Clunk - clunk - clink - clink - clink.
It sounded like a golf ball hitting the floor. I turned the flashlight back on.
The golf ball sat in the middle of the room. No. It wasn't sitting. It was spinning. I could tell because the little Spalding logo kept zipping around. Then, the golf ball began to slowly roll across the floor. It was heading for the door.
"Parker," I called to him. Then, the golf ball suddenly stopped moving, almost as if it had been startled by the sound of my voice.
I hopped out of my bunk to grab the ball. No one else was awake. It must have been almost midnight. When my flashlight found the golf ball, it started to roll again.
"What the heck?" I blurted, and the golf ball stopped rolling.
Was this place really haunted? No, it couldn't be. This stupid cabin was just built lopsided. That was it.
But then the golf ball rolled again. Faster. It tapped against the wall and then it did something truly impossible. It rolled right up the wall. It strolled along in a zig zag pattern until it reached the windowsill. I was breathless. "Wait," I whispered. The golf ball didn’t wait. It hopped out the window. I rushed across the room and spied the haunted golf ball outside rolling through the gravel. It was headed to the suspension bridge. The girl's side of camp. The next thing I knew I was doing the dumbest thing you can do, the thing that every scary movie in the world tell you not to do. I went off on my own. I climbed through the window and I followed the runaway ball into the darkness.
Risks and challenges
There are virtually no risks in this project as the book is already written and in the process of being published. The only problem we foresee is if something goes wrong in the shipping process, like a lost or delayed package. But that is rare. Also if there are any delays in printing the reward items or books, delivery might be delayed by a few weeks, but that's it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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