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Children's LiteratureToo old for a baby-sitter and not responsible enough to be unsupervised all summer long—these are the reasons Wilf's parents are sending him to Camp Wild. In 14- year-old Wilf's opinion, his parents have gone way too far; he is too old for camp—especially when he will be the oldest camper at a little kids' summer camp. Wilf does not have a choice; like it or not, he is going to camp. But he does not plan to stay long. As soon as he arrives at Camp Wild, Wilf begins plotting his escape. His surreptitious preparations do not go unnoticed, however, and he finds himself agreeing to let his geeky bunkmate, Herb, come along on what turns out to be a wild and dangerous whitewater adventure. Written in the first person and in the present tense, the story pulls readers right into the action. From the beginning to the predictable end, this title is a good choice for reluctant readers. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen