Camp

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Camp is a compelling coming-of-age novel about bullying, mothers and daughters, and the collateral damage of family secrets. It will resonate with a wide teenage readership. Camp will be a strong addition to school recommended reading and summer reading lists, and it is appropriate for anti-bullying programs. Mostly, though, Camp is a mother-daughter story for mothers and daughters to share.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fourteen-year-old Amy Becker dreads being sent to her Uncle Ed's sleepaway camp in Maine—she worries that she won't make friends and hates the idea ?of leaving her autistic younger brother, Charlie, with her chilly and image-?conscious mother. After Amy arrives at camp, a cruel camper named Rory taunts her at every occasion and puts her through a mortifying "initiation, " stripping Amy naked in front of two boys and throwing her in the lake. Meek and naïve, Amy has to lose her self-pity, boost her self-esteem, and make a friend to survive. While bullying is the focus of Wolf's debut novel, the author throws in a wide range of additional dramas and tragedies (extramarital affairs, abandoned children, death) that overwhelm the narrative. In the last quarter of the book, Wolf works to explain Amy's mother's troubled history and tie up loose ends, but there's little to establish the book's historical setting (1962) and Amy's mother's German heritage, both of which end up being important to the plot. Ages 13–16. Agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. (July)
Children's Literature - Brenda Sowry
Are you or someone you know being bullied? Do you hate your mother? Are you a loner and believe you do not need friends? Going away to a camp for girls for the summer is a scary and unwanted event in the mind of introverted fourteen-year-old Amy Becker, despite her hatred of her mother. How will her autistic younger brother, Charlie, survive without her? Uncle Ed just purchased Camp Takawanda, cousin Robin will be there, and Amy"s dad thinks this is a great opportunity for her to meet new people and make friends. Rory, one of her cabin mates, is determined to show the new girl who is in charge. Amy survives a humiliating initiation by Rory and her followers, including cousin Robin, and a constant barrage of taunting and bullying. Teenage girls can be very cruel to their peers. Standing up for what is right is not always easy. Amy's dad is right though, the experience becomes an opportunity for Amy to find her voice and stand up for herself. As if dealing with all of this is not enough, Robin reveals a secret about Amy's mother, which eventually leads to tragedy for Amy and her family. When Amy's mom becomes ill, her hard-shell exterior is peeled away—a vulnerable, caring and loving mother that Amy had never met before remains. A must read for teenage girls struggling to enter an adult world. Reviewer: Brenda Sowry
VOYA - Judith A. Hayn
Amy Becker is fourteen, lonely, and troubled, stuck in her own angst evolving from rejecting her ?ber-controlling, German-immigrant mother and caring for her autistic brother, Charlie. Her dad struggles to keep the peace, but Amy wishes her strict, demanding mother were dead. Then, Uncle Ed buys a summer camp in Maine, and Amy reluctantly heads for the wilderness, where she finds her fellow campers far more deceiving than her secretive mother. Amy’s chief nemesis is Rory, a troubled deviant whose goal is to bully Amy into silence about the cruel mistreatment she and her pals create. Erin befriends Amy, and for once she has a true confidante and comrade. Wolf is known as a champion anti-bullying advocate, but there is much more to this story than applauding Amy’s efforts in learning to stand up for herself. Secrets meander through the pages and threaten to tear Amy’s world apart. The tension mounts as readers wonder why Amy cannot bring herself to reveal the torture she is undergoing at camp, what Amy’s mother is hiding, or what will happen when the truth prevails. The story is set in 1963; the timeframe contributes to the climax, but the awful price Amy must pay in her coming-of-age story resonates with horror and redemption as the denouement leaves the reader breathless. This mesmerizing book is a must-read for adolescents and the adults who care about them. Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Sent off in the summer of 1962 to Camp Takawanda, Amy Becker, 14, misses her autistic younger brother, Charlie, and her father, but not her carping German-immigrant mother, Sonia. Life at camp takes its toll when Amy becomes the target of bunkmate Rory's bullying. With lax adult supervision and Amy's inability to speak up for herself, Rory and her followers gain the power to intimidate Amy and rudely challenge counselors. On family visiting day, after Rory ingratiates herself to ingenuous Sonia and terrifies Charlie with a barking dog, Amy and her two friends decide to fight back and hope that Amy's Uncle Ed, owner of the camp, will send Rory home. To her credit, Amy attracts the attention of Andy from a nearby boys' camp and becomes an accomplished tennis player. Details of life in the early '60s add dimension to a plot that is rife with secrets about Rory, Uncle Ed, Sonia, and Amy's cousin Robin. Resolution comes in a melodramatic rush involving Amy's stealthy search through her mother's papers, Charlie's death after being hit by Sonia's car, a relocation to Connecticut, and Sonia's struggle with cancer, when she finally reveals to Amy details of her sad past. In a story told in retrospect as she is about to head to college, Amy is able to forgive her once-secretive mother.—Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616086572
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 463,995
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ELAINE WOLF is an award-winning writer, writing workshop facilitator, and former public school teacher and district language arts chairperson. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 I Hate Her 1

Chapter 2 The Requirement of Perfection 7

Chapter 3 Boys on the Brain 29

Chapter 4 Please Don't Let Them Hurt Me 41

Chapter 5 A Little Fun with the New Girl 53

Chapter 6 I'd Rather Eat Worms 59

Chapter 7 I'm Not Fooling with You Now 73

Chapter 8 An Eye for an Eye 85

Chapter 9 It's Just a Package 93

Chapter 10 The Laughingstock of Senior Camp 105

Chapter 11 Indecent Behavior 113

Chapter 12 It's Our Secret 127

Chapter 13 Scrawnier than a Month Ago 139

Chapter 14 A Liar and a Misfit 159

Chapter 15 What in the World Is Wrong with You? 171

Chapter 16 Enough! 183

Chapter 17 You Don't Know Anything 189

Chapter 18 I Opened the Lid 195

Chapter 19 How Was This Possible? 209

Chapter 20 Tell Me What Happened 219

Chapter 21 Pick Up the Pieces 229

A Note from the Author 235

Acknowledgments 237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    I couldn't put it down! Camp brought me back to my own camp day

    I couldn't put it down! Camp brought me back to my own camp days. I recommend it to all! Definitely a 5 star read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    A MUST READ! YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I l

    A MUST READ! YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!

    I love CAMP! It’s a must read for everyone – from eighth-graders to grandparents. CAMP is a gripping story with heartbreakingly-real characters.

    CAMP is a haunting and inspiring coming-of-age novel about a fourteen-year-old girl who is ruthlessly bullied at summer camp, through a backdrop of complex family dynamics, marked by secrets, loyalties and betrayals. CAMP raises important questions about bullying that are relevant to children and families, teachers, and all who are or ever have been connected with young people in any way.

    How do friends, bystanders, and adults take a stand against bullying? When a child is exploited, what contributes to her silence? What factors empower her to listen to her innate wisdom, speak out, ask for help, and resist? How can we radically change our culture to limit the power of bullies, protect children, and foster compassion? CAMP invites the reader to explore these vital issues through pages one will have trouble putting down until the very end. Ultimately, this is a story of finding one’s voice, friendship, acceptance, and healing.

    I’ll say it again: I love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    This is a book that propels the reader from the first sentence;

    This is a book that propels the reader from the first sentence; with its secrets from the past and devastation in the present. it is almost impossible to put down . But aside from its readability, it sends a strong message about the trauma that bullying can cause, tragically in the news these days. It's hard to imagine that any teen reading Camp will thoughtlessly bully again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Blew My Emotional Socks Off!

    Elaine Wolf has created a story rooted in secrets--and how keeping secrets affects people's lives, like a stone tossed thoughtlessly into a calm pond. Amy is a victim of her mother's secrets: because of her own unbearably painful past, Amy's mom is unable to show Amy and Amy's little brother, Charlie, the love they deserve. Away at summer camp--a place Amy did not want to go-- she is tortured by Rory, a poisonous person whose own secrets drive her to devastating depths of cruelty. Amy's cousin Robin, whose father owns the summer camp, is likewise cruel to Amy, taunting her with the knowledge of a secret about Amy's mom that seems to be common knowledge to everyone but Amy.
    I love character-driven fiction, and Elaine Wolf has created believable three-dimensional characters--especially Rory--a character who could have been a one-dimensional villain, but the reader is made to understand in some small way what could drive a person to be so awful to other people.
    CAMP is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Strong and Powerful, Camp will stick with you for years to come.

    You know when you come across one of those books that really makes you stop and think about not only your life, but the way the world is? A book that grabs you and shakes you down to your core. Shakes hard. It's rare, unique, and to be treasured. That is exactly what I found in Camp.
    When I first decided to review Camp, I figured it would be some fluffy book about a mother/daughter adventure and a big bonding experience. What I found was far from that. Camp doesn't skim on issues at hand, but rips deeply into them, revealing how bad bullying can get. I know we have all had our share, but not like this. And certainly not having to deal with all of the numerous issues Amy Becker has on her plate.
    Amy and her mother have never gotten along. It isn't some trivial topic at hand, but an underlying issue that seems as though her mother truly hates her. If it isn't hard enough dealing with a mother who despises her, she also had to deal with the motherly role of taking care of her autistic eight year-old brother Charlie. This is not the life that a fourteen year old should be living. Her father understood this and signed her up for summer camp, hoping that she would enjoy some time away. Truth is--if Amy never would've went to camp, the tragic events never would have taken place. It was all a series of events starting with the overbearing bullying that took place that summer. I never would've had the courage and strength of Amy. My heart broke for her repeatedly. My tears continuously fell for her. In the end, I couldn't help but wonder... Could any of this really be true? This is something that I have never pondered after finishing a book. And in reading the note from the author, I had my answer. I am so very thankful for that note. So very thankful for Camp. Elaine Wolf deserves tremendous praise for her amazing talent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Jared to skunk tail.....

    Well hi there

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    Posted February 5, 2014

    Sariah

    Hey i redeemed myself so just buzz off Jackson. and anna is ur name srt for anabeth?

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    Posted January 31, 2014

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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    BLAKE ANSWER ME I DONT WONNA LOSE YOU *CRYS* I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU?

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    For Teens, Parents, Teachers and Counselors.  An amazing book! I

    For Teens, Parents, Teachers and Counselors.  An amazing book!
    I was fortunate enough to meet Elaine Wolf when she spoke on anti-bullying at our Nat'l Nightout event against crime.  She wowed me! Camp grabbed me in
     the first chapter.  This book isn't just about bullying, it's about a relationship between mother and daughter and family secrets.

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    Posted July 30, 2013

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    Posted July 30, 2013

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    Posted July 28, 2013

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    Posted July 28, 2013

    BOYS' BATHROOM

    No girls allowed!

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