Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp

Children - Adventure
138 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2016
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Author Biography

Shana Gorian is the author of the Rosco the Rascal series, chapter books in which a sometimes rascally German shepherd uses his true heroic nature to help his pals, James and Mandy, find adventure and overcome obstacles.

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Shana lives in Southern California with her husband and two children, and their German shepherd, Rugger, the real Rosco the Rascal. Shana grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing in 1994. After migrating to the West Coast, Shana worked as a graphic designer for nearly a decade, then left the workforce to raise her children full time. Ten years into motherhood, she published her first children's book. Shana is an avid lover of the great outdoors and weekend fun and adventure with her family. She is always searching for more stories!

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp by Shana Gorian is a beautiful story of friendship which revolves around Rosco, a two-year-old German Shepherd who goes to a summer sleep-away-camp for the first time with James and his sister Mandy. The young campers have to adjust to the new surroundings and also have to overcome their fear as they are away from their comfort zone for the first time. At the camp, they meet different kinds of children and also go through many adventures which make the kids experience new things that remove their fears and also help them to overcome obstacles in their lives. It also shows the heroic behavior of Rosco who helps James and Mandy. It's story of trust; it's a story of friendship, and children will be entertained till the very end.

The adventures the kids experience at the camp are tangible and relatable, making the story enjoyable. Its an excellent bedtime storybook that kids will enjoy listening to before going to bed. It can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Rosco is lovable and all kids will want to have a companion like Rosco by the time they finish reading this book. The book is also informative and children get to know what happens at a summer camp and the various activities that take place when they are at a camp. The book conveys good messages which makes it more appealing as the qualities of trust, loyalty, and friendship are highlighted as the story unfolds.

Shana Gorian

Please see the Reader's Favorite reviews for all of the books in my series. All received five stars!!!
Rosco the Rascal In the Land of Snow

Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp

Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch

Mrs Mommy Booknerd

By Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews May 5, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Reviewed by my 9 year old son

What did you love about this book?
I liked when they had the big game of capture the flag. I thought that was really cool and made me wish for warm summer days.

Can you tell us all a bit about Rosco?
Well, Rosco was your original house dog, but to the next level. Rosco is nice, protective of his family and so much fun to read about.

What was memorable about the book?
The book was funny and made me want to go to camp. I can still picture what happened in the book and I feel like that is what is memorable about it. I am still thinking about the story and the characters.

Do you want to continue reading the series? If so, why?
Yes, because of Rosco and the other characters. It was a really fun book to read.

Would you recommend this book? To whom?
Anyone who likes stories about dogs and has been to camp or longs to goes to camp. Or anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate this book?
4 stars

Christine M. Craven

What a great time Rosco and his family and friends have at camp! I've never been to camp but I can tell Shana has and she makes it sound very fun. I like how the dogs in this story have fun too. This would be a great story for any child who is nervous about going to camp for the first time or for children who have already been to camp to remind them of what fun they had.

Amazon Customer

By Amazon Customeron July 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
This review is from 10 year old boy:
"Rosco is back and he is at camp! This is an interesting adventurous tale of friendship and trust. When Rosco’s owner James faces a trouble making jokester, he finds that the only thing that will save the day is kindness. Rosco has to trust this trouble maker to free him in the storm and when a dog is mean to Rosco, Rosco wins him over by his friendliness to the trouble maker. This book is fun for boys and girls who like dogs and camping."