Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Amy Becker’s uncle just bought a summer camp and her parents made arrangements to send her there for the summer. They are thrilled that she is getting such a wonderful opportunity, but Amy hates the idea from the beginning. She doesn’t want to leave her autistic brother, Charlie, alone with her mother. Amy’s mother is a German immigrant and views the world very differently than most people and she is very rough on Charlie. Charlie dotes on Amy and she can get him to do things that most people cannot because of her patience and love.

Camp Takawanda is all that Amy dreaded and more. Amy’s Uncle Ed and Aunt Helen run the camp, but that does nothing to stop the incessant bullying that she is forced to endure. Even her cousin Robin strikes up a friendship with Rory – the head bully – and joins in the torment sessions.

I found Camp by Elaine Wolf to be extremely boring and far fetched. There were way too many different stories going on within the original story and it just served to make it feel incomplete. The bullying wasn’t really believable either; at one point, Amy was forced to go to the lake and strip naked in front of the kitchen help while everyone watched. The circumstances and surroundings just didn’t fit the situation. I also found the conversations between Amy’s father and mother annoying because when her father addressed her mother he said “Sonia, please, Sonia” and “Sonia, enough, Sonia”, always repeating her name twice.

I did not enjoy Camp at all and was relieved when it was over. I will not be recommending this book to anyone. I think there was some promise to the plot, but it felt as though there were just a bunch of ideas thrown in without much thought as to how they mesh together.

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sky Pony Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.