June 2022 'CAMPFIRE STORIES' Magazine

By: Shanleigh Klassen

Pack your bags! We're heading off to sleepaway camp!

OwlCrate Jr's June 2022 CAMPFIRE STORIES box features stories and items perfect for summer camp adventures. These kinds of stories stories allow campers to experience new situations, face personal challenges, and maybe learn a bit more about themselves along the way. So grab your sunscreen and bug spray — you're in for a memorable summer!

Below you'll find our June 2022 monthly magazine with an interview with our featured author, a mad libs letter, and more!

Scroll down to check out this magazine, or download the complete magazine HERE.

Spoilers ahead!

Three children sit on wooden logs around a campfire at night, the one to the far right holding their arms out to illustrate something spooky, as the other two look on in fear. Peeking out from behind the tree, is a smiling sheet-like ghost.

Telling ghost stories around a campfire is one of the most quintessential summer experiences a person can have, and Melanie Demmer has artfully captured this moment — ghostly eavesdroppers and all!

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Item Spoiler List

Take a peek at all the marvelous goodies we packed into this month's box.

A translucent ghosts roasts a marshmallow on a small campfire at twilight. Text at the top reads Campfire Stories Spoiler Alert - June 2022. Small white text that follows the title describes the items featured in the June 2022 OwlCrate Jr box. Items include: sunglasses, zippered hard case, a notebook, a friendship bracelet kit, a sticker, and the featured book, Twelfth by Janet Key.

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Interview with the Author

Thank you so much to Janet Key, the author of our July 2022 featured book, Twelfth. This story is a heartwarming, contemporary mystery set at a theater camp that’s all about finding friendship and finding yourself.

Read on to discover what inspired Janet to write Twelfth, Janet's own experiences with summer camp, and how she approached writing each character. 

In the top left corner is a circle with the photo of Janet Key, a smiling white woman with dark brown hair wearing a black turtleneck. Next to her is the title of the two-page spread, Interview with the Author: Janet Key. Purple background with a large white text box that houses the interview.    Second page of the interview. Same purple background with large white text box housing the interview. Below the interview are two images of the book cover for Twelfth, on the left is the exclusive OwlCrate Jr yellow cover and on the right is the regular purple cover. Below that are the book covers for three thematically related books: Drama by Raina Telgemeier, To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, and Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol.

Be sure to join the OwlCrate Jr Book Club Read-Along right here as we read through Twelfth and dive deep this incredible story! This month's book club starts next week on Monday, July 18th and our reading schedule will be as follows:

  • July 18 — Pages 1 - 113
  • July 21 — Pages 114 - 232
  • July 25 — Pages 233 - 335

**Anyone who participates in the comments will be entered to win a free OwlCrate Jr box! Winners will be selected on Thursday, July 28th.**

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Creativity Corner

Inspired by possibly the best activity a group of campers can do after lights out, fill in the blanks of this letter to send a hilarious update home from summer camp! 

Purple background surrounds a graphic of a letter on lined paper with various parts of speech blanked out.

Download PDF here.

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Community Feature

Read on for an interview with Babs Allen, the newest member to join the OwlCrate Jr team as assistant box curator!

In the top right corner is a circle with a photo of a smiling woman with short dark hair, black glasses, and wearing a purple scarf holding up three OwlCrate, OwlCrate special edition, and OwlCrate Jr boxes. Background is light purple, with the white font right next to the photo reading Babs Allen, Community Feature.

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Over on the OwlCrate Jr Instagram, we always love seeing bookworms opening their boxes, taking reading selfies and having fun with their new OwlCrate Jr goodies. Why not snap a few pics yourself and join in on the fun!

Didn’t receive the June
 box? No problem! Show us your favorite place to read and you may just win a box to show off for next month.

To enter: post one or more photos on Instagram spotlighting your love of reading middle grade. Please use the hashtag #OCJRCAMP so we don't miss your entries. Accounts must be public and winners are chosen at random.


And be sure you tune in next Wednesday, July 10th at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET on Instagram Live for our monthly OwlBabble live author chat with Janet Key!

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As always, thank you to the two incredible artists who make our monthly magazines simply stunning: Michelle Gray and Melanie Demmer!

And thank you to Cade from Hey Atlas Creative for creating our monthly theme reveal images every month.

Subscribe to OwlCrate Jr today at www.owlcratejr.com!

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Pick up your own CAMPFIRE STORIES box in the OwlCrate Jr Shop now!