Horse Camp [NOOK Book]

Overview

When their mom said she was sending twelve-year-old Percy and Penny and their little brother, Pauly, to stay with an uncle they’d never met, she tried to make it sound better by saying that Uncle Stretch’s farm was a horse camp. Well, the farm animals are actually chickens and pigs, and the only two horses are mean-tempered and not too keen on being ridden by kids. As Penny puts it, “This farm is like the eighteenth century, but way worse! The water has a rusty taste, and all the meat used to be animals on the ...
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Horse Camp

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Overview

When their mom said she was sending twelve-year-old Percy and Penny and their little brother, Pauly, to stay with an uncle they’d never met, she tried to make it sound better by saying that Uncle Stretch’s farm was a horse camp. Well, the farm animals are actually chickens and pigs, and the only two horses are mean-tempered and not too keen on being ridden by kids. As Penny puts it, “This farm is like the eighteenth century, but way worse! The water has a rusty taste, and all the meat used to be animals on the farm.” If there is one thing the twins can agree on, it’s that between endless chores, no Internet or cell phones, and the prospect that their mom might have to stay in jail (even though some people say she’s a hero), horse camp is a big, fat joke. Will they ever have a real family again? Or is there a family for them right here?

Nicole Helget and Nate LeBoutillier have written a funny novel about farms and family, animals and antagonism—and the paths kids take, sometimes while living in the same house, before coming home.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Percy and Penny Pribyl, 12-year-old twins, are having a rough summer. Their mother has been arrested for distributing prescription drugs to the poor without a license, and their father is too preoccupied with growing his Christian ministry to care for the children. Along with their adopted younger brother, Pauly, the twins are sent to live on Uncle Stretch's farm in rural Minnesota. Even though their mother said the farm is a fun-filled place with "bunches" of horses to ride, Penny and Percy find that the farm has lots of chickens and pigs, but only two horses: one old, one with a nasty temper. While Pauly charms his way into their uncle's heart, the twins struggle with farm life and the realization that their parents aren't coming back soon. Percy's and Penny's experiences are described in hilarious, first-person narratives that perfectly capture adolescent angst and emotional hyperbole. Penny's story is told through letters and a diary in which she comes off as a sanctimonious hypocrite. Percy is no better. He constantly complains and treats his siblings poorly. His troubling exchanges with Pauly are peppered with racist undertones ("At least I'm an American citizen!"). Unlikable at first, the siblings gradually redeem themselves through their interactions with Stretch; his kind girlfriend; and her chirpy daughter. In the end, Uncle Stretch's "horse camp" heals the twins by defining the true meaning of "home" and what it is to be part of a whole family again.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old twins Penny and Percy and adopted brother Pauly are spending the summer on their Uncle Stretch's farm while their parents try to straighten out their messed-up lives. Their parents imaginatively refer to this summer vacation as "Horse Camp," but the horses are mean and the farm is much dirtier than any camp. Sanctimonious Penny, who relates her story through letters and a diary, hasn't fallen far from her father's tree--he's a money-focused missionary Bible thumper with a heart that's definitely not made of gold. Percy is less judgmental but viciously bullies preschooler Pauly and whines unpleasantly about any work he's forced to do; he relates his side in alternating first person chapters. Both of them are trying to come to grips with their mother's impending incarceration for illegally distributing medications to poor people in an attempt to alleviate their misery. Although both preteens are annoyingly obnoxious, the good will that surrounds them--in the form of earthy Stretch, his loving if sometimes unsophisticated girlfriend Sheryl and her cheerful, forgiving daughter June Bug--gradually alters their attitudes and results in a believable dual coming-of-age tale. While Penny and Percy are easy to dislike, it's nonetheless oddly amusing to watch their evolution into more decent people, especially since readers have the fun of viewing the change from the pair's richly biased viewpoints. (Fiction. 10-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843529
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,239,779
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 756 KB

Meet the Author

Nate LeBoutillier was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1975 as the first of six children, and he was raised in various small towns located in the heel of that boot-shaped state. Nicole Helget was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1976, and she grew up as the oldest of six girls on a farm outside Sleepy Eye. They met at Minnesota State University in Mankato, and they married in 2008. Together, in North Mankato, Minnesota, they work and live with children numbering six. Horse Camp is their first co-authored book of fiction for young readers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    An instant classic! You won't be able to put this one down. Th

    An instant classic! You won't be able to put this one down. The two authors are incredibly talented. I hope they decide to collaborate again in the future. I'm already looking forward to their next book.

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    nothing too interesting..............

    nothing too interesting..............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    A Good Review

    Very good for peeps who like christian type things. It is mainly about a preacher and his 2 kids and his wife. The kids are trying to be a good christian like their father. I really enjoyed this book and i think u will 2.

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