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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Twelve-year-old Roy Eberhardt investigates "the running boy" and lands in the middle of a full blown ecological mystery!

Bought by KZYX, KZYX, KZYX, KTNA, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 12, 2004
  • Length: 29:09
  • Purchases: 5
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Runaways find themselves on a magical adventure amid a long-forgotten mystery.

Bought by KZYX and KTNA


  • Added: Jan 12, 2004
  • Length: 27:53
  • Purchases: 2
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Abandoned, Angel struggles to care for her brother and finds her only peace with a mysterious man who shares with her the wonder of the stars.

Bought by KZYX, KTNA, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 12, 2004
  • Length: 28:52
  • Purchases: 3
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He was a mouse deeply in love with a human princess named Pea, which presents some serious problems but makes for a great story!

Bought by KZYX, KZYX, KTNA, and KUHB


  • Added: Apr 08, 2005
  • Length: 28:17
  • Purchases: 4
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Rachel and her friends believe rescuing a circus elephant will be the "one great deed" that will right their world.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 03, 2005
  • Length: 28:18
  • Purchases: 1
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Seth and Daniel are on the camping trip of their dreams: hiking up Black Spruce Mountain to see if the old legend is true - but their adventure tak...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 03, 2005
  • Length: 28:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Magic in the fog launches Greta on an adventure that takes her back into the past and reveals secrets in her own life.

Bought by KZYX and KTNA


  • Added: May 03, 2005
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 2
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Camel's Hump Radio presents two stories from the Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series, based on the family history of the Turner family f...

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 03, 2005
  • Length: 28:40
  • Purchases: 1
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Zinkoff's classmates have branded him a loser...but he just may show everyone that any name can someday become "hero."

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Fourteen-year-old Giannine is trapped in a virtual reality game; to escape she must successfully complete the game.

Bought by KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:37
  • 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
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Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, have a knack for having fun - and getting into trouble!

Bought by KZYX and KTNA


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 29:09
  • Purchases: 2
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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, KZYX, KTNA, and WCFM


  • Added: May 04, 2005
  • Length: 28:43
  • Purchases: 4
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 KZYX and KTNA


  • Added: Nov 04, 2005
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2