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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 camp...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Sky Pony Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Paul  Hankins
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...more
Jodie
May 26, 2012 Jodie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, arc
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...more
Micki
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 into...more
Cindy Hudson
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 she know...more
Erin
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's...Amy'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 alway...more
Ellen
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, thei...more
Mady Suitor
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...more
Amanda Gelardo
A real Page Turner!!! Read it in just about 8 hours which is a hard feat with 3 handicapped children, but it was just that Awesome!! You feel like you are one with the main character, Amy Becker. Hard book to put down....and have tissues ready, and lots of them!!! Recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads!!!!
Jamie
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...more
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
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 au...more
Maggie61
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...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

Camp 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 though it...more
Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Take 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 before...more
MysticMemories
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...more
Vicki
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 introver...more
Leonard
Amy doesn't want to go to camp for eight weeks and leave her beloved handicapped little brother, although she would love to get away from her cold unaffectionate mother. But the camp is now owned by her uncle and his brother, her father, isn't really listening to her protests. At the camp she is promptly and cruelly targeted by Rory, a bully looking for an easy victim. Amy has trouble speaking up for herself as Rory designs a particularly cruel scheme to torture Amy. However Amy is a skilled ten...more
Liz Ridley
Elaine Wolf’s CAMP is a classic coming-of-age tale that recalls the work of Judy Blume in her prime with its likable (and refreshingly “real”) heroine, 14-year-old Amy Becker, who faces the challenges of adolescence with courage and aplomb. Amy has a strict German-immigrant mother, a kind but ineffectual father, and a younger brother with special needs, but Amy’s real trouble begins when she spends the summer at a girls’ camp in Maine run by her uncle, where she endures savage bullying, humiliat...more
Cara
I love this book! CAMP is so well written, and it's a great story. I couldn't put it down. But CAMP is more than just a terrific read; it also highlights the serious problem of bullying that is so prevalent in camps and schools. As a psychotherapist and a director of a group practice that specializes in working with teenagers and their parents, I see many teens who have been bullied. Wolf's description is right on - no more is it just "You're fat and your mother wears combat boots." The psycholo...more
Seniorcitizen
WOW! WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE!

A few days ago, someone gave me a copy of Elaine Wolf’s new novel, CAMP, and told me I’d love it. I was skeptical, because the inside flap of the book says “Young Adult” and “a mother-daughter story for mothers and daughters to share.” Well, I haven’t been a young adult for nearly 50 years and I am neither a mother nor a daughter. I am a man in my late sixties, and I loved this book.

Wolf is a great storyteller and CAMP is a great story. I couldn’t put it down. And who...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
Wow. I am still reeling. I am also having a hard time articulating how this story affected me. Wolf captures the darker, less talked about world of teenage girls and bullying in her novel CAMP. Wolf tells a story of how relentless bullying affects a young woman while she is attending a summer camp. Wolf subtly gives us the back-story of many of the characters, giving the reader a better understanding of all sides. This story is deep and complex. CAMP is so much more than just teenage bullying an...more
Linda
When we think of bullies, many of us tend to think of big, strong boys physically harming (or threatening to physically harm) other boys. We forget that girls bully, too – often employing far more psychological tools in the process.

In “Camp” author Elaine Wolf tackles the topic of bullying – along with family dysfunction, teenage angst and budding sexuality, secrets, lies and adultery. Somehow Wolf manages to effortlessly and sensitively wrap all of these extremely difficult issues into a riveti...more
Kathy Bridge
NOT JUST A COMING OF AGE STORY...
CAMP weaves together a narrative where the fibers of love and truth get entwined with those of hate and deceit. There are no true villains in this story of bullying and buried secrets because the author affords the reader insight into the motivation behind each character’s actions. The 'Madmen" 1960s setting points out the universality of many life-altering issues we are still dealing with five decades later. I wish my daughter and I could have met Amy back when...more
Emily
The story is engaging, but it was far too depressing for my tastes. I'm still a sucker for a happy ending, and I love when the villains get the justice they deserve. That doesn't happen in this novel.
Susan P
Against her wishes, 14-year-old Amy is shipped of to summer camp in Maine. She is reluctant to go b/c she doesn't want to leave her younger brother, Charlie, who is autistic. Amy's mom is cold and unemotional, and Amy is worried that Charlie will suffer without Amy to look after him. Once she gets to camp her fears are confirmed. Amy becomes the target of Rory, another girl in cabin, who for whatever reason decides to go out of her way to make Amy's summer miserable. I got a little annoyed with...more
Marcia
Feb 09, 2013 Marcia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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...more
Courtlyn
Camp was about a young teenage girl who got sent away to a camp for the summer where she was bullied by one of the camp members. I liked this book, and it made me realize how cruel some people can be, and go to the extreme. There was a lot of sexual content, and maybe I'm naive but when I was 14, that was the last thing I was thinking about.
When her brother died, that was the saddest part, her poor mother had to deal with not only losing her daughter and her first husband but then a second chil...more
Kya Aliana
This was a beautifully written book. The storyline was brilliantly haunting and dealt with so much it was a lot to take in. I never wanted this book to end, so I tried to make it last as long as I possibly could, though it was rather hard to put the book down! I absolutely love this book and I cannot wait to read more by the author, Elaine Wolf.
The way she writes is insanely gripping, and will capture your heart from the first page. I could really feel what her characters were going through and...more
Chris
I received this book through a goodreads arc giveaway. It has been a long time since I have read a book that I couldn't put down and Camp is one of those books that got me hooked within the first few pages.

Elaine Wolf has a wonderful way of writing that takes you back to your teenage years, making it easy to feel what Amy, the lead character, is going through.

This book also is a wonderful story about families and understanding each family member as a person.

The book has a totally unexpected endi...more
Valerie
This book takes place in 60's at a summer camp in Maine. Amy has a rough relationship with her emotionally unavailable and extremly strict mother, and little confidence when dealing with new people and situations. Which makes her the 'perfect' victim for bullying while away from home. This story is about Amy finding confidence which allows her to stand up for herself and learn more about her mother's secretive past. However, she is still just a young girl and mistakes are made with drastic conse...more
Deb Levheim
Coming of age story set in New York and a summer camp in Maine in the early 1960s. German immigrant mother, bullying, disabled brother, ineffectual father, SECRETS. The collateral damage of family secrets. Couldn’t put it down. Very painful read. Finished 1/15/14/
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Known as "the anti-bullying novelist," I write about what really goes on behind the closed gates and doors of our camps and schools. The issues I explore in CAMP and DANNY'S MOM are those I am passionate about and know well.

I was a camper and camp counselor for many summers. When I entered "the real world," I taught in public schools in California and New York -- and then I became a district langu...more
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