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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After getting in trouble with the law, six wayward teens are given an ultimatum: serve time in juvenile detention for their crimes, or walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across Spain over the summer holidays with a pair of court appointed counselor/guides. When it becomes clear the long walk isn't really all that much of an option, they set out on a journey that ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published October 5th 2020 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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 This is one of those times that you should judge a book by its cover because what unfolds in the pages is as beautiful as the artwork you see above! Kevin Craig has crafted a story of epic proportions that still manages to focus down on the most important things in life.

Diego, Manny, Shania, Claire, Greg, and Troy have all found themselves in trouble. They've also all been given the opportunity of a lifetime.. forego any official punishment and walk the Camino de Santiago with court-appointed c
Lori Twining
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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First, the cover of The Camino Club is gorgeous! I love it.

This is a story of six Toronto teenagers who are strangers to each other, but have one thing in common before they all meet: They are all little criminals on their way into the Juvenile Detention System. Lucky for them, they are offered a chance to wipe their record clean by committing to The Walk Youth Diversion Program, which is a long two-week journey of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

As they spend more time walking the his
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
There are books that you really want to like, and there are books that really want you to like them. The Camino Club falls somewhere in between those two categories.

The Camino Club-- cleverly named for the other famous delinquent group, The Breakfast Club-- follows the story of three teenagers who’ve been given the choice to go to either juvie or figure out their lives on a pilgrimage in the mountains of Spain. Along the way they have to self-reflect on what brought them to this point, while ju
Kera (featherboundbooks)
The Camino Club is an amazing coming of age journey of six troubled teens. Each of them have done something bad and have been given the option to serve time in a juvenile detention center or join Gilbert and Meagan on the Camino de Santiago. Together, these six teens and their two chaperones will travel to Spain and walk for days on this world-known pilgrimage, learning much about each other and themselves along the way.

What starts as a group of kids who (mostly) do NOT want anything to do with
P.G Guacamole
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank the publisher for sending an arc of The Camino Club in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on only my thoughts and ideas!

What can I say about this novel? This was such a soul-touching read that I know for sure that I'm going to read multiple times. 6 juvenile delinquents from Canada are sent to Spain to journey across the Camino de Santiago instead of going to juvie. These 6 all come different backgrounds and every one of them can be relatable to anyone. Either
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I had pretty high hopes for this book and was so excited for the direction it would go and I think I was let down a little bit. This book was good, don’t get me wrong, it was a solid read, but it wasn’t great or something I’d ever reread.

This book is about a journey to the Camino de Santiago following many characters (“delinquents”) thus the characters should have been at the forefront of the book. I don’t think the characters were anything different or special than others I’ve seen in books. Ce
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, this book just stole my heart and I’m not mad about it. This story follows a group of Canadian teen criminals as they walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain as payment for their crimes in place of juvie. Even though most of them don’t initially want to be there, what unfolds on this journey will stick with every one of them forever and will leave them forever changed.

I absolutely fell in love with these characters. There’s 6 teens that go on this life changing pilgrimage, b
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read novel that perfectly encapsulates the emotional, physical, and mental struggles of those embarking on a strenuous journey through the mountains of Spain.

Craig's novel demonstrates how powerful the healing qualities of the natural world and support from complete strangers can have on those who are in pain. When given a break from their everyday lives and placed in the wilderness of Spain, the characters became distanced from their own problems and were given another chance to live, t
I love when a book you've been highly anticipating lives up to your expectations! And The Camino Club did just that- it exceeded my expectations, actually.

Full review to come!
Jacqui Morrison
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read The Camino Club, by Kevin Craig, where six juvenile criminals get a diversion program and have to walk the Camino in Spain. The settings are breathtaking and it makes you want to go on the Camino yourself. The best part of the book was the authentic dialogue of the teens. Craig nails it. He makes each voice unique, whether male or female. I'd recommend this book. He covers tough topics well.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A group of teenager delinquents accepted a punishment of a walk/hike across Spain in exchange for their records being cleaned.
Modern day breakfast club? The book even mentions the similarity. I really liked this books. The characters are all tough and trying to prove themselves but along the way something changes. They stop thinking about themselves so much and start to think of others. This is a feel good book.
Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.
Beth Jusino
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I've read, not surprisingly, a lot of books about the Camino de Santiago, but none like this one. Kevin Craig has channeled not just one teenage voice, but 6 of them, in The Camino Club, and they're all unique. Six kids from Toronto each land in the juvenile justice system for one reason or another, but instead of being locked up in detention, they're sent on a 2-week walk on the Camino de Santiago, a historic pilgrimage path across Spain that has drawn the penitent and the punished for centurie
Tori Coulson
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review

The story is about six teens that have broken the law and are sentenced to walk Camino de Santiago in Spain as their punishment

I was all over this book when I saw it listed on NetGalley. I love books about hiking and the cover was pretty and it was listed as LGBTQ which is another thing I love so I ended up refreshing the page every day to see if I'd get to read it

Overall I wasn't impressed with this book. I thought that no
Kristen Olsen
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this YA novel: 6 teens walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain for 2 weeks as punishment for their juvenile crimes. The story is told through 3 different point of view characters, all with distinct voices that are easy to tell apart. While they start the journey as individuals, they gradually grow closer as they let their guards down and learn to share themselves and care more about one another. Two court-appointed leaders accompany them on their journey, but the true spiritua ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Danika Stone
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Craig's The Camino Club is an Intricately woven story of laughter and heartbreak, loss and love. In it, six troubled teens take a journey through the heart of Spain alongside their court-assigned counselors, finding their way through the issues that brought them together. Funny and poignant, this story of friendship and falling in love will remind you that our paths are not defined by our pasts, but the choices we make each day.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! Will be gushing more about it soon, but this is a definite must-read for YA contemporary fans!
My review is now posted at my blog Trish Talks Texts. ...more
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Kevin is the author of seven novels: SUMMER ON FIRE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),SEBASTIAN'S POET (Musa Publishing, 2012), THE REASONS (Musa Publishing, 2013), BURN BABY BURN BABY (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015), PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2018), and THE CAMINO CLUB (Duet Press/Interlude Press, 2020).

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