Overview

From the prize-winning author of "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!": The hilarious saga of a summer at the world’s worst weight-loss camp . . .

Sam Zimmer’s parents might as well have sent him to prison for the summer. Camp Thin-na-Yet is all about losing weight, and it’s even worse than he’d imagined.
Between “active rest,” “swim ’n’ trim,” “slimnastics,” and cabin brawls, there’s hardly a minute to ...
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Slim Down Camp

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Overview

From the prize-winning author of "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!": The hilarious saga of a summer at the world’s worst weight-loss camp . . .

Sam Zimmer’s parents might as well have sent him to prison for the summer. Camp Thin-na-Yet is all about losing weight, and it’s even worse than he’d imagined.
Between “active rest,” “swim ’n’ trim,” “slimnastics,” and cabin brawls, there’s hardly a minute to relax. The portion-controlled meals taste worse than the foil they come wrapped in, the low-cal bug juice is so repulsive even bugs won’t go near it, and there are no second helpings of anything but water. The skinny counselors confiscate hidden candy hoards and keep their own food under lock and key. And the big treat at the Saturday night dance is unlimited celery sticks.

Is there any way out? Sam can’t seem to find one. Then he meets fellow sufferer Belinda Moss and helps her stage an ill-fated raid on one of the counselors’ food-filled cabins. Belinda and Sam soon agree there’s only one good way to deal with the penitentiary called Camp Thin-na-Yet: escape. But that’s not as easy as it sounds.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“ . . . spiced with engaging humor . . . wry and breezy . . .”
The Horn Book
“Brisk, humorous, and true to adolescent agonizing . . . Sam emerges as a balanced and believable protagonist.”
WeightWatchers Magazine
“. . . upbeat . . . funny . . .”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Funny . . . breezy . . . breaks the camp story pattern . . .”
Young Thoughts
“ . . . excellent . . . very entertaining and pleasurable to read.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014931335
  • Publisher: Cadwallader & Stern
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 181
  • File size: 790 KB

Meet the Author

STEPHEN MANES is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. His "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!" won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, "Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!," quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.

Manes has had a long career making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed "Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet." He was one of the creators and co-hosts of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo." He co-wrote the bestselling and much-praised biography "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America." He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications.

Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the seventies classic movie "Mother, Jugs & Speed." A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.
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