This is the perfect book for any parent who’s ever received a letter from a homesick child or anybody who’s ever written their parents crazy requests from their bunk! P.S. I Hate It Here (releasing May 2010) will delight with hilarious and heartwarming real-life letters from camp. More than 150 letters cover all the imaginable scenarios of sleep-away camp, from acing the cabin lice inspection to breaking the bad news about a retainer lost in the woods. You will find that kids are wittier and more sophisticated than we might assume, and that the experience of being away from home for the first time creates hilarious and lasting memories.

Here are a few examples of the letters you will find:

Dear Mommy & Daddy, Yesterday me and my friends jumped in the pool with our clothes on. It was really fun! I also have some funny/bad news—Rachel dumped me, but the funny news is that she’s dating her cousin. Love, Mikey

Mr. & Mrs. B, It’s Adam. I really want you to come and so does Brian. He is crying his eyes out and he’s just not the same anymore. Please come.

Mom, Please send me a strapless bra. There might be one in my drawer, if not please got to Limited 2 and get me one! I’ll pay you back! Please! Love, Carly

Dear Mom & Dad, Grant has his own gun. It is a black 22. cal semi automatic rifle. I got to try it first period. To break the gun in, we just took turns blasting it at targets. I have decided that I don’t want a ping-pong table. I really want to get a 22. cal semi automatic black rifle.

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Markel Names Safety 1st Recipients

Richmond, Va.–Markel Insurance Company announces that 64 camps and four Boys & Girls Clubs have received the Safety 1st designation for 2009. Each year, Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.

Recipients include:

Ten Years

Pompositticut Farm Day Camp, Hudson, Mass.

Nine Years

Setebaid Services, Inc., Winfield, Penn.

Eight Years

Camp Mary Orton, Columbus, Ohio

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, Sacramento, Calif.

One Year

Camp Aranzazu , Rockport, Texas

Camp Birch Trail for Girls, Inc., Minong, Wis.

Camp Chippewa Foundation, Tulsa, Okla.

Camp Coyote, Huntsville, Texas

Camp Doodles, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.

Camp High Rocks, Inc., Cedar Mountain, N.C.

Camp Olympia, Rockville, Md.

Camps ‘R’ Us, Hicksville, N.Y.

Camp Timberlane for Boys, Tucson, Ariz.

Camp Ton-A-Wandah, Hendersonville, N.C.

Diabetic Youth Foundation’s Bearskin Meadow Camp, Concord, Calif.

Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, Boise, Idaho

Greenfield Health Camp, Inc., Greenfield, Mass.

Happy Acres Ranch, Jacksonville, Fla.

Living Well Foundation, Imperial, Mo.

Lutheran Girls’ Camp Association, Colts Neck, N.J.

Sandy Hollow Day Camp, Southampton, N.Y.

Santa Clara County Council, Boy Scouts of America, San Jose, Calif.

Triple C Camp, Charlottesville, Va.

YMCA Camp Mohawk, Litchfield, Conn.

Note: For a complete list of recipients, visit



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