Camp is a coming-of-age novel about bullying, mothers and daughters, and the collateral damage of family secrets.
Every secret has a price.
For most girls, sleepaway camp is great fun. But for Amy Becker, it's awful. Amy, whose home life is in turmoil, is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls for the first time as a teenager. Although Amy despises her German-immigrant mother, who is unduly harsh with Amy's autistic younger brother, she is less than thrilled about going away to camp. And her worst nightmare is about to begin. At Takawanda she is subjected to a humiliating "initiation" and to relentless bullying by the ringleader of the senior campers. As Amy struggles to stop the mean girls from tormenting her, she becomes more confident in herself and in her convictions. But then her cousin reveals dark secrets about Amy's mother's past, setting in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever.
Camp is an acutely sensitive and compelling novel about bullying, mothers and daughters, and the collateral damage of famly secrets. It is certain to be a strong addition to 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.
You're never too old for Camp, which is attracting readers from ages 13 to 93!