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Camp 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

  • Title: Camp
  • Author: Elaine Wolf
  • ISBN: 9781616086572
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 campEvery 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 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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    1. PaulHankins on said:

      Every secret has its price. . .I am coming out to call Elaine Wolf's CAMP the sleeper hit of the YA genre in 2012. Elaine Wolf has been actively advocating for bullying awareness in the various social media forums. And she has quietly promoting her book, CAMP, while befriending readers at Facebook and Twitter. Here is a book that isn't coming out to big fanfare. No cardboard cutouts or billboards. It's a quiet kind of promotion. From reader to reader. On the day I received my copy, I noted that [...]

    2. Marcia on said:

      I heard about this book in an email from the author, touting it as a good choice for school summer reading lists and the anti-bullying curriculum. This book was a big miss for me. Too many sensationalized story ideas crammed into 200 pages, writing that was forced and choppy, no flow. I read to the end only because I had to see how the author could wrap this up. Bullying at summer camp is only a small part of this story with an icy mother-daughter relationship more the core. Throw in a mentally [...]

    3. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Camp is a really intense, emotional and slightly eerie story of a girl who uncovers the reasons behind her family's dysfunction, unfolding a mystery in the earlier life of her cold, belittling and emotionally distant mother in particular.

    4. Micki on said:

      I had the most fortunate accidental meeting of author Elaine Wolf on Facebook through a mutual friend (none other than Mr. Paul W. Hankins), that has resulted in a developing friendship of mutual respect and support. Elaine is the author of CAMP, a brand new YA novel which she graciously sent to me complete with autograph!! Although I couldn’t get to reading CAMP right away, my daughter Keri snatched it up and read it in a matter of hours (she devours books almost as fast as I can get them int [...]

    5. Jodie on said:

      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 rip [...]

    6. Cindy Hudson on said:

      When Amy’s Uncle Ed buys Camp Takawanda for Girls in Maine, her dad signs her up for the eight-week summer program even though she doesn’t want to go. Amy’s mother, who is unemotional with Amy, is even harsher with her younger brother, who has autism. Amy knows she needs to stay home to run interference between the two of them, and because Charlie is closely bonded with her.But when summer comes Amy finds herself on a bus from her home in New Jersey to the woods of Maine, and right away sh [...]

    7. Amy's Book Reviews on said:

      Grade: D-In 1962, 14 year old Amy is sent to her uncle's camp for the summer, where she encounters several sociopaths who make her life miserable. The bullies she encounters, including her own cousin, are practically sadists and while there is a hint one girl's troubled family, the whys of her behavior are never explained. Additionally there are family dynamics thrown into the mix to explain her cold mother's behavior that just don't fit the rest of the storyMP could have been a better story if [...]

    8. Erin on said:

      An engrossing story about a girl named Amy who comes from a family with a strict immigrant mother, (described as German but actually Jewish), tons of silence and secrets and a mentally challeneged brother. The story takes place in the early 1960'sAmy's uncle buys a girls sleepaway camp and her parents decide to send her for the summer. Unfortunately, she becomes a scapegoat for the camp bully who dreams up an "initiation" where Amy is victimized. The rest of camp is tolerable but Amy is always w [...]

    9. Ellen on said:

      It was really hot last night. Without air conditioning, i didn't think I'd be able to sleep. About 11:00 p.m lying on my bed under the ceiling fan, I picked up my copy of CAMP, opened it, and started reading. Two hours later, I finished.I read a lot, but I bet the last YA book I read was with my own daughters, several long decades ago, so I'm no expert in this genre. And, as I expected, there was a simplicity of prose and plot. But there's nothing simple about the characters in this book, their [...]

    10. Scorpianmuse on said:

      3.5 Stars.I found this when out and about after cat-sitting my best friends little fur-balls. It wasn't in the YA section, so when I gave the back a quick read-thru, I thought it was about something else. As I have read some other reviews of this book, I have discovered that the author is very anti-bullying. It is obvious. This book reminds me so much of a cross between "Little Darlings," "Mean Girls," and, the original "The Parent Trap." Amy is sent against her wishes to summer camp, run by her [...]

    11. Sonia on said:

      In my opinion, this book lacked a number of components that are somewhat vital to a story (where was the conclusion to ALL the events?), dragged on with apparently irrelevant events (never mentioned in the half-baked "conclusion"), and the relationships between characters and their backstories (*cough* Sonia and Amy *cough*) just seemedoff. First, here's my (humble) opinion on the whole mother-daughter relationship fiasco. Throughout the book, the mother is portrayed as evil. She frequently yell [...]

    12. Jessica on said:

      Although this book was a page turner, I really felt like it was two different stories. The stuff at camp and the secrets after. Although some of the stuff at camp led to the discovery of the secrets, that was not needed. I loved the camp story, but wanted resolution to what happened there. I loved the story that happened after, but did not need the camp stuff in the middle. I wish it was sold as two books. Both stories would need a little fleshing out to be able to completely stand alone, but th [...]

    13. мєg ☆ on said:

      Camp gave me all the emotions. Every single character has a motive and a backstory, and the entire plot is so fleshed out that there isn't any "what the hell" moments of confusion. I definitely had negative feelings towards particular characters, but what really got me was how Wolf explores *why* they are the way they are, and it makes the book all the more real. The ending is sad, but again, real, and I'm actually quite content with it. It was a necessary end that gave way to varying degrees of [...]

    14. Bailey on said:

      It's not at all what I was expecting from this book. Now it is my fault because I should have looked into it more. From the cover and even the back synopsis made it sound like a creepy/paranormal/horror book.Even though this story wasn't what I thought it was not the best written book. I didn't personally find the story that interesting until the last 20 pages or so.

    15. Pam on said:

      Although my life view has become increasingly misanthropic, I believe most people have some good in them. Several of the main characters in the book are one-dimensional, with no redeeming qualities. The backstory of each isn't enough show realistic human complexity.

    16. Danielle Clark on said:

      too many stories too many ideas the author tries to stick into one book. Characters aren't really developed well or believable either.

    17. Nadine on said:

      Excellent book on bullying and family dynamics. Couldn't put it down.

    18. Mary Alice on said:

      This was a very poorly supervised camp. Where were the counselors?

    19. Sarah (YA Love) on said:

      Review originally posted at Y.A. LoveCamp by Elaine Wolf is a quiet book that will resonate with many readers. It’s a fast read; I read it within a couple hours of starting it. The story keeps a steady pace and held my interest from beginning to end.Amy Becker doesn’t have a cozy life at home, at least when it comes to her mother. From the very beginning of the book, Amy’s mother struck me as cold and distant. Amy does, however, have a very close relationship with her brother who, even tho [...]

    20. Estelle on said:

      Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading BlogTake any kumbaya notions of summer camp and forget them because Amy Becker’s experience is anything but.Instead of a summer making friends and playing tennis, she is the butt of the biggest bully’s jokes. And sometimes more than jokes, incidents that could qualify as sexual harassment. Rory is probably one of the bitchiest characters I have ever met in the literary world. She has no respect for her equals, for her elders, and never thinks bef [...]

    21. I'd So Rather Be Reading Nat on said:

      What a well-written coming-of-age story! I do so love a first-person narrative, especially in this kind of novel. Camp is set in the 1960's, something that I really enjoyed. It was neat to get a glimpse of family life back then. The family dynamics were intriguing, especially considering Amy's mother's immigrant history. I really felt for Amy. She feels responsible for her younger brother, Charlie, who is autistic. Their parents are not exactly models of the best way to care for and treat an aut [...]

    22. Maggie61 on said:

      This is one powerful can't put down book! I read all of it today, spending a lazy day reading on the swing on the deck. The story is of Amy who has a cold unloving mother, a father who while loving Amy, condones her mothers behaviour with little insinuations of the hard life her mother previous had that she won't talk about. Then add Charlie, her 8 year old autistic brother, her life revolves around Charlie, she seems to be the primary caretaker, shielding him from their mothers never ending tir [...]

    23. Vicki on said:

      There’s been so much publicity the last few months about bullying, I was really excited to read this book. I was never bullied and don’t remember anyone else being bullied in school. But that was a very different time.This was an interesting book, the author did an amazing job of giving the reader a look into what it’s like to be the bully, and to be the one who is being bullied. Amy reacted like I assume most children being bullied do. They lose what confidence they had and become more in [...]

    24. Kati on said:

      I received this as a First Read.First, my issues: Some of the dialog felt stilted, not very realistic. There was some confusion for me as to timing with some of the events, and why certain things were said/done between characters.The highs: the story was fast paced from the get-go. Took us right into the story and the conflicts between Amy & her Mom, Amy's Mom & Dad, Amy's Mom & Charlie. Rory. I was torn about Rory. Some of the things she said & did made sense, other responses a [...]

    25. Mady Suitor on said:

      Fourteen-year-old Amy Becker lives a not-so-perfect life. Her secretive, harsh mother doesn't seem to want other people's opinions. Especially Amy's father When it comes down to it, her mother does what she wants, no matter what other people think of it. Whether its sending Amy to summer camp, or completely ignoring her autistic son, Charlie. Amy devotes a lot of her time taking care of Charlie. She loves him with all of her heart, even if she doesn't receive love from her own parents. Amy is mo [...]

    26. Kati on said:

      I received this as a First Read.First, my issues: Some of the dialog felt stilted, not very realistic. There was some confusion for me as to timing with some of the events, and why certain things were said/done between characters.The highs: the story was fast paced from the get-go. Took us right into the story and the conflicts between Amy & her Mom, Amy's Mom & Dad, Amy's Mom & Charlie. Rory. I was torn about Rory. Some of the things she said & did made sense, other responses a [...]

    27. MysticMemories on said:

      I wasn't able to put this book down. Be warned: if you are going to start reading this book you will have trouble putting it down. This book was well written, but depressing. It is about a girl named Amy who is forced by her parents to go to sleep away camp. Her mother is very strict and doesn't show affection. Her dad is nice but always listens to her mom. She also has a brother who seems to be autistic or on the spectrum. When she arrives at camp, she meets her new bunkmates. On the bus she he [...]

    28. Jamie on said:

      This book was amazing! I loved it and couldn't put it down! At the end of the book, Amy's mother opens up to her. This was while Amy's mother was sick. She told Amy about how her brother, Walter, was killed in a Holocaust labor camp, Auschwitz. How the day after she left for Paris, her husband and two year old daughter were killed in a Holocaust related event called Kristelnacht. Also, Amy reached out to Erin, Donnie, and Andy. She felt awful about not talking to them for years. She apologized a [...]

    29. Ava on said:

      I thought Camp was a moving, cliff-hanger, that you can't put down. Camp is about a girl named Amy Becker. Amy lives with her German mother, her brother Charlie, and her dad. Her brother, Charlie, was born with a disability. Amy's mom is always on her back telling her to do better in school, sports, everything. When Amy's Uncle buys Camp Takawanda for girls Amy is forced to attend. The minute she steps on the bus she realizes she is in over her head. While attending the camp she is bullied, terr [...]

    30. Elaine on said:

      Amy is the new target of pranks at summer camp this year-her first year there. I can't imagine anyone being nastier then Rory and her gal pals. Well except maybe for Amy's mother who finds fault with Amy every step of the way it seems. The theme alone would draw young readers in but don't be fooled into thinking that because of its innocent beginning and camp theme that this is harmless youth reading. There is much sexual innuendo that sometimes goes beyond that in it's male/female content.Rory [...]

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