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Camel's Hump Radio

Series produced by Vermont Public Radio

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Bill Harley hosts this weekly half-hour family read aloud program, featuring a compelling excerpt from children's literature.

Bill Harley hosts Camel's Hump Radio, a half-hour weekly family read-aloud program. Each episode features a compelling excerpt from a book, read by a professional actor and accented with original music. Our goal is to air an excerpt that hooks the listener into the story and ends with a finish that leaves them wanting to read the rest of the book.

The 13-week series is produced by Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and has been developed for children age 9-13, knowing adults enjoy listening too. Bill Harley is a singer, storyteller, author and playwright who performs for family audiences nation-wide and is known to millions through his commentaries on National Public Radio (NPR). He has twice received Grammy nominations for his spoken-word recordings.

Harley introduces each book and offers background information about the story for listeners. Our goal is to air an excerpt that hooks the listener into the story and ends with a finish that leaves them wanting to read the rest of the book. A companion website allows listeners to learn more about the featured books, authors and provides additional related material. A companion web site (www.camelshumpradio.net) allows listeners to learn more about the featured books and authors and provides additional related material.

The program is in production for its sixth season (2005-2006). Season 4 featured: Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen; Island of Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell; The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke; Our Only May Amelia, by Jennifer L. Holm; The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford; Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy M. Montgomery; Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls; The Same Stuff as Stars, by Katherine Paterson; Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi; Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech; The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald; Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath; Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling C. Holling
and a holiday special featuring A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.

Season 5 (2004-2005) features: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; Sonata #1 for Riley Red by Phoebe Stone; Night Flying by Rita Murphy; Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde; Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer; The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis; Loser by Jerry Spinelli; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner; A Corner of the Universe by Anne Matthews Martin; The Bones on Black Spruce Mountain by David Budbill; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne; and Vermont Folklife Center Children's Books: Daisy and the Doll and Alec's Primer.

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Bill Harley hosts Camel's Hump Radio, a half-hour weekly family read-aloud program. Each episode features a compelling excerpt from a book, read by a professional actor and accented with original music. Our goal is to air an excerpt that hooks the listener into the story and ends with a finish that leaves them wanting to read the rest of the book.

The 13-week series is produced by Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and has been developed for children age 9-13, knowing adults enjoy listening too. Bill Harley is a singer, storyteller, author and playwright who performs for family audiences nation-wide and is known to millions through his commentaries on National Public Radio (NPR). He has twice received Grammy nominations for his spoken-word recordings.

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30 Pieces

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Out in his skiff, Skeet discovers a dead manatee ?not only is it dead, it?s been shot, and that?s illegal. When Skeet brings the deputy back to in...

Bought by KZYX and KTNA


  • Added: Feb 10, 2006
  • Length: 27:36
  • Purchases: 2
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Thin, pale, orphan Elizabeth Ann is sent off to live with her country cousins in Vermont. She?s lived a sheltered life, but now she?s about to find...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Dec 28, 2005
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1
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Jane?s found a magic coin that grants people?s wishes, but only half of what they wish for. Soon she and her siblings are taking turns wishing for ...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Dec 22, 2005
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1
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A Parisian hobo finds himself sharing his home under the bridge with three children. But can he make their Christmas wish come true...?

Bought by KZYX and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 22, 2005
  • Length: 29:04
  • Purchases: 2
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While exploring an ancient cliff dwelling, Tepary Jones finds a flute left behind by tomb raiders. His efforts to find the raiders is complicated b...

Bought by KZYX, Moab Public Radio, and KTNA


  • Added: Dec 13, 2005
  • Length: 28:45
  • Purchases: 3
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Part of a nomadic tribe during the reign of Kublai Khan, Oyuna dreams of bringing honor and good luck to her family. She sets off on a journey wh...

Bought by KZYX, KZYX, and KTNA


  • Added: Dec 07, 2005
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The beloved classic novel of a horse?s long and varied life in Victorian England.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Dec 07, 2005
  • Length: 28:23
  • Purchases: 1
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Strange forces of magic seem to be gathering around Tiffany’s home. Tiffany’s only nine years old, but she’s shown her own powers, and that makes p...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2005
  • Length: 28:56
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Alvin has been on a short leash his whole life, and at twelve he’s sick of it. So when he’s assigned a report on his hero - Matthew Henson, the Afr...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Nov 18, 2005
  • Length: 28:28
  • Purchases: 1
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A young Indian woman tries to find her own life and fulfill her dreams, despite the traditions that keep her from them.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Nov 18, 2005
  • Length: 28:28
  • Purchases: 1
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Ten-year-old Lewis has unleashed a force that threatens not only himself and his Uncle Jonathan, but the entire world. The turn of events are both ...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Nov 04, 2005
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Maniac Magee’s legendary - he’s incredible at basketball, running and untying knots. All he wants is a home. But sometimes finding where you belong...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Oct 21, 2005
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 1
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Twelve-year old Summer’s only support is her Great Uncle Ob and he’s lost his will to live. But don’t give up hope – help’s on the way.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: Oct 19, 2005
  • Length: 28:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Sophie discovers giants are planning to eat the children of England. How do you free the world of guzzle-swallomping, kid-eating giants? You cook u...

Bought by KZYX, KWCW, and KTNA


  • Added: Oct 17, 2005
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 3
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Now that Adam's "school" is closing, Hattie's family must deal with a childlike man whose existence they've denied for years.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 29:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Ten-year-old Kenny chronicles the events of a fateful summer for the Watson Family of Flint, Michigan.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1
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Naturalist Pierre Arronax is on a mission to discover and destroy a mysterious beast terrorizing ships and soons finds himself at the mercy of the ...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Georgia Hansen can fly...and now on the verge of her first solo flight, her rebellious Aunt Carmen visits and exposes other family secrets.

Bought by KZYX, KTNA, and WCFM


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:43
  • Purchases: 3
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Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, have a knack for having fun - and getting into trouble!

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 29:09
  • Purchases: 1
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Willy's plan is to win the National Dogsled Race and use the cash prize to save the family farm - but first he'll have to beat Stone Fox, who's nev...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:51
  • Purchases: 1