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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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Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
A fast paced read. Three POV’s, easy to tell apart. Likable characters. Diversity in color and sexuality. This is a book I stumbled upon on NetGalley and just wanted to try. Because the premise seemed really interesting. Six Canadian teens who walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain instead of going to juvie for the crimes they committed.

From the start this story got my attention. The writing is direct and blunt with a lot of dialogue and banter in it. Although some of the teens seem surly at first
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Charlotte
 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
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Chase Hackett
Oct 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A group of not-quite juvenile delinquents sets off on a life-changing hike across Spain. The kids are all beautifully delineated, each facing the challenges--those of the walk and those that wait for them back home--in their own unique way.

c.t.h.
ChillwithJill
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
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Kerry Craven
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of YA as a teacher and I know, for certain, that students will love this novel. Even for struggling readers, the multiple narrators and characters will allow the readers to see a little of themselves as they follow this tale of redemption, and learn that the way they are seen doesn5 have to define who they are.
Palak
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
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Shivani
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
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Melanie Hooyenga
This book is a love letter to the Spanish countryside, and before I finished reading, I was trying to figure out how I can go on the Camino.

Craig created characters who you can't help but pull for, despite the troubles that brought them to the Camino Club. Told in three POVs, the reader gets a good sense for all six main characters without getting confused about who's telling the story, and each character has depth and emotion—and something to lose.

I loved the quieter moments, as well as the bu
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Kaitlyn
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
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Jana
Aug 05, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: camino
I really wanted to like this book. And this book wanted me to like it. And while I did not hate it, there just was something missing. I think it’s mostly that the author needs to “show” and not “tell.” All these kids forced to do the Camino should have had the Camino change them. But we didn’t get to see much of that. I did appreciate that the author had obviously walked the way before! And perhaps, the magic of the Camino is just too difficult to capture.
Megan
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great YA novel looking at a wide range of issues from redemption, faith, family and a whole lot more. Six teens are part of a juvenile diversion program that has them walk the Camino trail instead of traditional punishments. The story is written from the perspective of three participants. I liked the author’s choice to just choose three. I found myself wondering what the others would say, had we had the book from their points of view as well but liked that the authored limited it. I do wish th ...more
Christine
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I'm not sure why I didn't give it five stars but it's definitely a four and a half star book. The characters were believable and I liked how their backstory wasn't revealed right away but over time. There were a couple of scenarios I felt weren't plausible but I don't want to give away any of the story. This is a book worth reading. ...more
Lori Twining
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
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
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Shannon
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.

I loved this story. It transported me out of this crazy world we're living in and gave me just the escape I needed. Walking the Camino has now been added to my bucket list of things I want to do, but will never do in this lifetime- what an amazing experience it must be! Having walked it before, Kevin Craig was able to really bring it to life
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Lyndi Allison
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed trekking the Camino Club with these six youth and Bastien, the wise man who shares his insights. The author develops the Camino so well it becomes a character in the story. I loved the premise of walking the Camino as an alternate form of rehabilitation to juvie. Making mistakes doesn't have to be about punishment (although at times the teens feel the walk is a form of punishment), it can be about what you learn, the relationships you develop and the support you receive along the way. ...more
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
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cbdef
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I. Loved. This. Book. Best Camino story I have read. Although I will never be able to walk The Way, several people close to me have and I followed their blog online, researching the photos, towns, churches and points of interest they passed through. I have read many first person accounts of those who have answered the call and they all have the same conclusion - it IS a life changing experience, leaving many with the desire to return to recapture the true bonding that takes place on the journey ...more
Liralen
Jan 03, 2022 rated it liked it
Camino fiction! Here, a group of 'troubled' teenagers are sentenced to walking the Camino de Santiago in lieu of juvenile detention or otherwise facing consequences (for various actions) that could go on their permanent records. This has been a tradition for almost as long as the Camino has been in existence: criminals sent to walk to Santiago instead of serving jail time, people walking the Camino as their own sort of penance, etc.

These particular kids are all basically good kids who have eithe
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WKPL Children's/YA Books
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Miss Lori read this book and gives it a 3.75 out of 5 stars. This book's theme has been done over and over but still seems to capture my attention. It references "The Breakfast Club" due to the group of kids who come from all different backgrounds and are thrown together to serve "time" after having done wrong. In this instance, the 3 main characters have a choice to go to juvenile detention or to walk 'El Camino de Santiago' in Spain to pay for the criminal activity each of them had done. They ...more
sparrow
Jun 06, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: achillean, arcs
many thanks to netgalley and interlude press for providing me with this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

this one was hard to finish. everytime i picked it up i wished i hadn't. i couldn't put my finger on what put me off about the writing, but towards the end i figured it out: this book is tell-not-show. it's written mostly in diary form, which forces me to believe what they're saying without much evidence. the characters also felt like cardboard cut-outs of themselves. ove
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Alexina
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read
I loved the premise but it was too feel-good for me, lol.

I studied abroad for 6 months in Salamanca, Spain and did a lot of traveling around the country and walking El Camino still sits in my bucket list. So I obviously picked this up because of the premise and my love for Spain but I wasn't IN LOVE with the storyline.

This one is mainly a focus on character development, which I'm always down to read. And, when done right, are some of my favorite books. But, this one just didn't feel gritty eno
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Brien Crothers
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There Are No Assholes on the Camino

You don’t see ugly pilgrims on the Camino. Why is that? What has been washed away by the miles of walking, the hours of talking, by our contemplation? The simple answer is, all the baggage we bring with us and leave behind along The Way. But there is so much more to this path. And the author of The Camino Club has captured its very essence.

As a Camino veteran, I appreciate Kevin Craig’s accurate portrayal of the sacred path. And I fell in love with the charac
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Simon Donlevy
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. Not just an adventure along the Camino de Santiago, but a book that is told from the perspectives of 6 juvenile delinquents; each one is so strong and diverse. You can’t help but fall in love with them as the The Camino work works it’s magic and changes their outlook on life forever. I couldn’t wait to get to Santiago to see what happened to them.
From one author to another, and from someone who has also walked the Camino, I have to complement the author on amazing job. Hi
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Mandy
Jun 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This almost ended up DNF after the first chapter, I was not excited about the bratty juvenile delinquent tone or the prospect of getting to read 3 different ones, but the good reviews convinced me to give it a try. I’m glad I did!

It’s a bit cheesy at times but the story is sweet with some unexpected nuances. As a huge fan of the caminos, I love the idea that more kids will learn about them through this book and it’s worth reading for that alone! Some really touching moments. A bit of an abrupt
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Colleen
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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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. ...more
Tyler
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Where’d you go?” she asks as the world comes back into focus.
“Everywhere”
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This little novel found me at just the right time. A beautiful little trip away to a world outside of all the noise. This is a moving, and often hilarious, story about what happens when we realize that we have more that connects us than separates us, and we can only move towards our futures by staying true to our present selves.

Lace up your hiking boots and take a journey with this one. Buen Camino.
Bridget
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I only give it the 4 stars because at certain points I felt like it was dragging just a little but it always recovered. I really enjoyed seeing all the characters go on this journey and find themselves and each other. The ending was bittersweet and it made me cry but it was absolutely worthwhile.
Jennifer
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's as if the kids from The Breakfast Club got sent on a hike instead of serving detention in the library. The author does a beautiful job of sharing the spiritual and pastoral beauty of the Camino while developing characters we want to care about. ...more
Christopher Gorman
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Walking the Camino has long been one of my dreams. Reading Kevin Craig's The Camino Club just cemented that. Beautifully written, the Camino Club made me fall back into some of my own coming-of-age memories. Can't wait to read more of Kevin Craig's work! ...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). Look for Kevin's 2 new ...more

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