Summer Camp Trouble

The Isabel Factor, Gayle Friesen

One Group of Girls Equals One Big Problem

The Isabel Factor is a realistic fiction book about friendship. This book is about a girl named Anna going to a summer camp in British Columbia without her best friend Zoe because she broke her arm. At the summer camp there is this girl with rainbow colour hair her name is Isabel. Jennifer the cabin leader forces Anna to spend time with her because she wants Isabel to be good team member because they she judged her by her looks and though that she wasn’t going to care about anything and if Anna helps Isabel care about things they will win points for a competition they have every year against cabin 9. Jennifer is obsessed in winning so there goes Anna spending time with Isabel. Anna gets a closer to Isabel as the book goes on while everything is fine between Isabel and Anna there is this swim instructor Kirim makes her mood swing in good and bad ways. Anna thinks that he doesn’t like her no she thinks that he HATES her which goes to her mind especially sense Anna is Kirim’s assistant in showing kids how to swim. But she soon realizes the truth about Kirim. Then out of nowhere Zoe, Anna best friend arrives at the camp and that’s when everything turns upside down. Zoe turns jealous of Anna being friends with Isabel. That goes to Anna’s head and she makes her friendship with Isabel all missed up because she didn’t want to spend time with her anymore because she wants her old best friend back. After a little while after Anna and Zoe aren’t talking to each Zoe starts hanging out with their cabin leader Jennifer. That doesn’t go so great for Anna. The story doesn’t have a great ending Anna talks to both of the girls and becomes friends with both of them again and at the end and they all become friends which I think is not that realistic mostly because Zoe does not like Isabel one minute then another minute she likes her and they are all laughing and having fun. Overall this book was ok mostly because of how the conflict got solved.

The Song about Friends

The reason I picked this song is because the lyrics match the book. In the song it is saying if you need a friend that you have someone. The message in this book is that you always have someone that will be your friend and care for you. An example when this happens in when Isabel thinks that she has no one to be her friend and care for her but there was Anna and Kirim who wanted to b e her friend. Another example when that happen is when Anna didn’t have a friend at the moment to care about her but there was Kirim who wanted to know all about her and help her through it. This happens many times throughout the book and that is why I think that this song suits the book.

Cultus

Bill Withers - Lean on me - live by Cultus

"Lean on Me Lyrics"

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on

Please, swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load
You have to bear that you can't carry
I'm right up the road, I'll share your load
If you just call me

Call me (If you need a friend)
Call me (Call me uh-huh)
Call me (When you need a friend)
Call me (If you ever need a friend)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (If you need a friend)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me