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Camp by Elaine Wolf
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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 always worrying what her nemesis Rory and cousin Robin will do next. Amy is surprised to find out just how much her cousin resents her, finally hearing some family secrets that lead to tragedy. The story is more coming of age and learning to deal with family secrets than truly about bullying, but Amy grows as a person and anyone who can finish this book without tears is a stronger person than I. My only real fault with this book is that autism was virtually unheard of in the 1960's...you would have been hard pressed to find ten diagnosed cases of the condition in this country at that time. The vast majority of Americans were introduced to this condition via the movie "Rainman". But a little historical inaccuracy for convenience does not take away the powerful message of this story.
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