Camp

Camp
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13+
Release Date
June 15, 2012
ISBN
978-1616086572
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Every secret has a price.

For most girls, sleepaway camp is great fun. But for Amy Becker, it's a nightmare. Amy, whose home life is in turmoil, is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls for the first time as a teenager. Although Amy swears she hates her German-immigrant mother, who is unduly harsh with Amy's autistic younger brother, Amy is less than thrilled about going to camp. At Takawanda she is subjected to a humiliating "initiation" and relentless bullying by the ringleader of the senior campers. As she struggles to stop the mean girls from tormenting her, Amy becomes more confident. Then a cousin reveals dark secrets about Amy's mother's past, which sets in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever.

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Wow. I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. But it was nothing like I expected. The "camp" portion of the book was simply an element of the entire hook. I assumed the whole plot would involve the turmoil at camp. Still, the story was powerful and I loved how Elaine kept the early 60s timeline fresh and integral. Nice balance of bullying, coming-of-age, Holocaust and early 60s-style drama. A very creative concept!----Mark Lichtenfeld, Author of LINE CHANGE.
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