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The Order of the Poison Oak

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    The last book ends with this kid Bryan saving our hero, Russel M

    The last book ends with this kid Bryan saving our hero, Russel Middlebrook, from being outted to his entire school. This book opens after Russel has decided to out himself anyway. And lo and behold, people are treating him badly.

    To get away from it all, he and his two best friends, Gunnar and Min, sign up to be camp counselors for the summer. The first group of campers are burn survivors, and Russel’s cabin are 10 year old little monsters to boot.

    One of the other counselors in particular catch Russel’s eye. Web is hotter than the sun and gives off mixed signals. Even worse, Min is also interested in him.

    Then there is Otto, a burn survivor himself. The nice guy to Web’s bad boy. Another prominent new character is Em, a cool, geeky girl that Russel thinks would be great for Gunnar. Only Gunnar has sworn off girls because he only makes a fool of himself in front of them anyway. And he really, really does.

    Overall, I liked this book a lot more than the first one. Russel can be very sweet, but he can also be remarkably stupid. I love the way he finally won his cabin of monsters over. Russel continues to break the fourth wall, which I found pretty irritating. That said, the writing is nice and light and the story amusing at times. The underlying message is handled a little heavy handed, but I’ve come to expect that from Mr. Hartinger.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Russ never ceases to delight me with his antics (and side commen

    Russ never ceases to delight me with his antics (and side comments to the reader). After joining the Gay-Straight-Bisexual Alliance at his high school, Russ has lost the little social standing that he used to have. Sure, he no longer has to compromise who he is as a person, but it doesn't change the fact that high school life is miserable. That's why, he's delighted to have the chance to escape it all at a camp where no one knows that he's gay.
    Of course, it's not that easy to hide your sexual tendencies when one of your fellow camp counselors is deliciously hot and you can't stop looking at him. Even more so when you keep running into him (it's kind of hard when you're stuck in the mountains together for ten weeks). I didn't really like Wes (hot fellow camp counselor). He always seemed like the kind to fool around. On the other hand, Otto... there's a real guy. He understands pain and suffering, he has a beautiful voice, and he talks about "nerdy" things like books and all. Another character I adore is Ian, one of the little campers. He's outspoken and drives Russ nuts, but in the end he's a vulnerable little boy looking for truth in the world, looking for evidence that the world isn't all bad.
    Russ and his two best friends (Min, an intelligent, bisexual Chinese American, and Gunnar, a nerdy, straight Norwegian) all suffered failed romances in the last book. Now, Russ and Min both lust after hot camp counselor Wes while Gunnar has given up on finding a girlfriend for the moment. However, the phrase "summer romance" exists for a reason, and the three friends will find themselves involved in a bunch of drama once more in the name of love. In a way, I'm jealous of their friendship because they can fight with one another and patch things up later. Plus, it's fun to see them get angry over the most outrageous reasons (it doesn't feel like it in the moment for them, but they'll probably laugh over these matters when they're older).
    I enjoyed seeing the friends in a new and different setting. Russ and his friends learn more about love and different kinds of struggles while interacting with their first group of campers. Again, there are some suggestive scenes, but they are kept clean and can be read by middle-grade readers in addition to older readers who enjoy some good humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Extremely good.

    I love this series and when iread geoography club i was amazed that someone could make such a emotional book (that's a good thing.) Then came the second book and i was starting to tear up up at the end. I can't wait to get the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Blackfrost

    Loved it! :D ( mudshadows path chapter two is out at mudshadow first result! :) )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    AWSOME READ!!!!

    i loved this book i loved this book i loved this book!!!! It was such an get-to-the-point book.There were no intteruptions and distractions about what the plot was therefore it was really easy to under what Russel"Russ" was going threw experiencing his job as a camp consoler. The best part is when they finaly kiss. It was sooooo cute!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Enjoyable

    Russel 'Russ' Middlebrook is a sixteen-year-old who has recently come out of the closet and announced that he is gay. His best male friend, Gunner, is straight and very intelligent. Russ's best female friend, Min, is bi. Summer break has just begun. The three are going to be summer camp counselors. But they have no idea just how wild things will get. The ten-year-old kids they are in charge of are wild, hyper, burn survivors. It's going to take a lot to win their trust. ......................... During this time, Min and Russ have their eyes on the same guy, Web, one of the other camp counselors. As for Gunner, he wants to forget girls for awhile. No relationship or tangles. However, he has met his summer match with Em. ..................... **** Most of the book is set during the first two weeks of being counselors. The kids are used to being stared at and ridiculed, so of course they are going to test the counselors' limits. I have friends who are gay, les, and bi, so this tale made me feel as though I was getting a glimpse into their past lives. They HAD to of been through the pressure these three friends are going through. What KEPT me reading, though, were the burn survivor kids! These are some special kids! Of course, they are brats at first. (Gotta test the adults, you know.) This is not my type of book, but even so, I really enjoyed the novel. Terrific read! ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    Bravo! Encore, encore!

    I liked Geography Club a lot. I liked this book even more! Now Brent needs to write a sequel to the sequel!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    A Great Followup to Geography Club

    This book was incredible. It can work as a stand alone, but it is an amazing sequel to 'Geography Club.' Brent Hartinger has a gift and his writing is that gift. It's truly inspring and so many emotions are provoked by the words in this book. It's a great story from start to finish.

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