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I Want to Go Home!

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Rudy Miller is so unhappy spending the summer at Camp Algonkian Island that he devises dozens of tricks to get himself sent home.
Paperback, 10 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Apple (first published February 28th 1985)
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Jamie
Aug 17, 2007 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone with a soul
Shelves: youngadult
This book was, for many, many years, my favourite book of all time. My earliest memory of it was of getting in major trouble for laughing out loud while reading it under my desk in 5th grade, but that copy was already tattered.

Even though the book is out of print, I suggest that you track it down. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
Heather
Jan 07, 2013 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I no longer recognize teen angst. It is so full of werewolves, it bears no resemblance to either being a teen or feeling angst. And so I reread I Want to Go Home because it's about the kind of things that caused ME angst -- namely, summer camp.

Sometimes I think the secret of YA fiction is to read "boy books." If this had been written for girls, it would be about how summer camp is so awful because Girl A has to be away from her boyfriend and Girl B wants this other boy to like her who's also at...more
Wayne
One of my all time favorite books. Still makes me laugh out loud.
Rudy Miller is a gifted natural athlete, but hates sports. He is also cynical, sarcastic, and apathetic. So his parents, on the advice of his school guidance counselor send him to camp for the summer. Rudy butts heads immediately with the overly enthusiastic camp counselors and hilarity ensues. Along with his equally unhappy friend Mike Webster, he decides to escape from the camp. Gordon Korman at his best.
Christine
This was my absolute favorite book when I was eleven years old in Ontario, and I was brokenhearted when my paperback copy actually became too disgusting to read (stains, torn pages, mildew from reading it in the shower). I know it was reissued in recent years but I hated the new, "modern" cover. Gimme the original artwork! So imagine my surprise and total delight when, seventeen years after I first enjoyed it, I discovered a very good copy of my original version in a used book store in Yangpu di...more
Ruby Hollyberry
Gordon Korman's best books, of which this is one, are spit-your-coffee-at-the-cat hilarious. Almost every sentence in the book is funnier than the last. The general themes of this one, I would say, are the effective limits to the usefulness of stubbornness as a policy, and the awkwardness of possessing an unwieldy amount of genius. But don't listen to that, just go read it. Recommended to adults who want a chuckle as well as children.
Alex Hulbert
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Jordan Halsey
Jun 07, 2007 Jordan Halsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Introverts
I received this book from some kind of children's book club that I don't remember ever joining, but I'm definitely glad that it happened. This was my favorite book for the longest time. I read it so many times that the cover fell off. In essence it's the story of Rudy Miller and Mike Webster who are spending a summer at Camp Algonkian Island... but would rather not. The main plot of the book involves their various efforts to escape, efforts complicated by the fact that the camp IS on an island....more
Lana.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a boy in possession of a summer vacation, must want to camp... at least that's the philosophy of Camp Algonkian. Wait until they meet Rudy Miller, who doesn't do camp or much anything else... except attempts to escape.

Hiliariously funny read as a child and still pretty amusing re-read as an adult. Though some aspects might be rather quaint and dated (1981 with no cell phones! No swearing!), the light-hearted comic wackiness of Korman's world (unbelie...more
Monkeyprincesse
Picked up a second hand copy of the book at a pet fair... fairly inconscpicuous. Until you start reading that is.

Definitely near the top of my 'all time favourite', a must read and an immediate mood lifter. Comedy and hilarity at its best!!!!

*(One of) My Favourite Quote(s)*

Rudy: Thar she blows
Mike: Thar what blows? *sits up* Rudy! There nothing blows! There's no wind! We have no wind!!!

Also noted for the generous use of the insults 'Nut' and 'Twit'.

Read the book and didn't like it? Work Detail!...more
Tayyaba (Tubz)
This book is literally a part of my childhood. It was read to me by my grade 5 teacher, and ever since i've loved this book and recommend it to everyone. I remember every part because i've read it over a billion times and it never fails to amuse me even though i'm 17 right now. But age is merely a number when it comes to this book I'm so glad I have my own copy and Gordon Korman is by far one of my favourite authors.
Raelyn
In the book I want to go home, the main character is Rudy Miller. I was very involved at this camp called Camp Algonkian. Rudy's parents and the counselor do not want him to leave. He is an athletic kid but he does not like to play sports. He was sent to a camp in the summer.The counselor at the camp and Rudy did not get along. He really wanted to leave, but they would not let him. After awhile of him getting fed up with everything, him and his friend escape from the camp. There was a lot of con...more
Lisa
Jun 20, 2007 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
this is one of my favorite childhood books, and every so often when i need a good laugh i pull it out. okay so it is meant for an adolescent audience, but is is still great.
Ameena
OMIGAWD EVERYONE WHO SEES THIS REVIEW MUST READ I promise you'll love it we all DIED laughing funniest book EVER!!!!
Mononoke
This book made me laugh sooo hard I actually fell off my bed a few times!
Lisa
Hysterical, barring any natural disasters.
Jenny
This one always makes me laugh so hard!
Monique
You know.

Those books, that are just fun.

Plain, unadulterated fun.

This is the kind of book that makes reading fun.



Amusing, entertaining, I-loved-it-so-much-I-feel-like-screaming.
This book was just overwhelmingly awesome. Gordon Korman rightfully deserves my favorite author position, as the books I have read from him (especially his older ones) have kept me thoroughly entertained, giggling and chuckling with happy tears in my eyes, trying to not disturb my family. From Swindle, No More Dead Dogs,...more
Arminzerella
Rudy Miller’s parents send him to Camp Algonkian Island for two months on the advice of his guidance counselor, and Rudy intends to hate every moment of it. He and his sidekick, Mike Webster, spend most of their free time playing chess, planning their next escape attempt, and irritating the heck out of their counselors (who fight back by giving them work detail). Rudy’s parents offer to take him home after Visiting Day, when they discover just how miserable (and how much trouble) Rudy has been....more
Emma
Upon recommendation from the school guidance counselor, Rudy Miller is sent to Camp Algonkian Island for boys. Rudy hates camp and everything it entails. He quickly teams up with Mike Webster, who feels the same way about summer camp and all the activities. Rudy is difficult and stoic, but he’s also a mastermind for causing trouble. Together, Mike and Rudy scheme again and again to escape. In a camp full of clone counselors, whiny cabin mates and a plethora of opportunities to cause trouble, Rud...more
Michael Emond
Like many others - this was a childhood favourite of mine. And yes, while I hate the new "updated" cover, I decided to buy this to see if it lived up to my childhood memories. I had recently read some more recent Korman stuff (On the Run) and disliked it. and I had reread another childhood favourite from him (This Can't be Happening At MacDonald Hall) and found it lacking.
The good news is, this book lived up to my memories and is a wonderful book by Korman. The star of the book is Rudy Miller...more
Joel Tone
I read I Want to Go Home! to my kids. The whole family was laughing their heads off throughout the book. I Want to Go Home! is the story of Rudy Miller’s attempts to escape from Camp Algonkian where he’s been sent for a summer of fun.

One of the things that really strikes me as a grown-up re-reading Gordon Korman’s books is that there are no villains in his stories. This isn’t a hippie elf peace circle thing, it’s that the antagonists have conflicting, but valid, viewpoints. In this case, Rudy wa...more
Ashley Capes
As a boy, this book made me laugh every single time I read it.

That's easily one of the best things I can think of getting from a story, and because it gave me hours and hours of happiness, there's no way I can rate it lower than five stars.

In I Want to Go Home! Rudy Miller is a gifted but easily bored and mischievous kid who has been sent to an island athletic camp where he proceeds to drive the entire staff mad with both his apathy and his cheeky escape attempts.

Part of what makes it so amusi...more
Amy Rose
One of my favourite books as a child. I think I've read it over twenty times. I still have my copy and I pull it out every once in a while because it still catches my imagination. After all these years, I still hope they make a movie some day.
Elizabeth Coates
I enjoyed this book in my childhood and I enjoyed it again as an adult. Gordon Korman writes a hilarious story of a boy who hates camp and will do whatever it takes to escape. I read it on the subway and laughed out loud. This is a great book for a parent to read to a child and is sure to spark the interest of reluctant readers. As an adult you appreciate the frustration of the counsellors who have to deal with such a problematic kid and as a kid you just want to be at that camp laughing at Mill...more
Deborah
This was my favourite book as a kid. I swear I re-read it every summer. I was curious to see how it held up over time and was pleasantly surprised. It still had me laughing out loud as it did when I was young.

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Nicole Luiken
Reread this one to my 11-year-old son. Great humour and hijinks as Rudy and Mike try various schemes to escape Camp Algonkian. My favourite chapter is when Rudy gets to be camp director for a day.
Gwen
The first time I read this I found myself laughing out loud and even after reading it several times I still laugh out loud.

Two social misfits end up at summer camp. One is sent as a "reward" for getting good grades , he wonders what a "punishment" would have been. The other's parents were misguided by the guidance counselor to send him to camp to make him more social. They end up as cabin mates/ friends and spend the summer trying to escape, often with hilarious results.
Christabel Amanoh
Gordon Korman is one of those authors you sort of outgrow. A friend of mine referred to his work "brain junk food": there comes a point (around age 9 or 10) where there's no nutritional value in these books but they sure are fun to read.

Some of the books I loved as a kid don't impress me at all these days, and I definitely prefer his earlier work to pretty much everything after 2008. This is one of his books that has stood the test of time with me. You can tell it's written for younger readers,...more
Connor
This is on of the funniest books I read. Love how the Rudy is good at practically everything. Definite recomendation
Sarah
SO HAPPY! It's taken me years to track down this book and one day it turns up at a library sale! I read this back in Mrs. Bond's 5th grade English class and always remembered finding it hilarious. I still have the map-project we had to put together as a final assignment. Unlike some other favorites that hadn't been read since childhood, this one stands the test of time. I find it just as funny now as I did 20 years ago. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who still enjoys young-reader bo...more
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