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The Order of the Poison Oak (Russel Middlebrook #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,100 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Russel Middlebrook needs to get away. It's tough being sixteen and out at your high school. So being a summer camp counselor sounds like the perfect solution -- but Russel has no idea how crazy this summer will be. Rowdy ten-year-old burn survivors, Indian legends, moonlit skinny dipping, and passionate summer romance are just the beginning . . . and then there's the new s ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by HarperTempest (first published March 1st 2005)
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Vitor Martins
Nessa continuação de Geography Club, Russel Middlebrook continua tomando um monte de decisões estúpidas por causa de MACHO. Mas eu não consigo não gostar desse protagonista.

Assim como o primeiro, esse livro tem um senso de humor super gostoso, uma narrativa ágil e temas importantes. Eu vejo muito do Vitor adolescente no Russel, e acho que se eu tivesse lido essa série quando eu tinha uns 15 anos, eu teria aprendido muita coisa sobre ser gay, se aceitar e se apaixonar.

Acho que o diferencial des
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Russel Middlebrook is not having a good time at school. Ever since his “Geography Club” was exposed as really being a Gay, Bisexual, Straight Alliance. Now, he can’t wait to get away for the summer to anywhere where he won’t be known as the “gay kid”.

When his best friends Gunnar and Min invite him to get a job with them as counselors at a summer camp for burn victims, Russel thinks he’ll have it made. But being a counselor for a bunch of 9-year-old “beasts” as he calls them is more than Russel b


Charming, funny and smart!

I am in love with this series!
A must read for all YA-lovers!
Will Lutes
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the hell outta this series. It's like Harry Potter for us gay boys, except without all the hocus pocus and more male bodies in the mix.

Okay, in the spirit of Russel - FULL DISCLOSURE: I fully acknowledge I am terrrrrrrribly late to the Middlebrook party but as they say better late...

Oh, to be young and in high school... or in the case of 'Order...' To be young and in charge of camp crazed 10 year old boys whose single goal is to cause as much damage as they can in their wake mixed
Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))

So I love this book because it's so CUTE about 10-years old kids who have burn scar... Everything, the plotting, are so perfect....I couldn't stop read it. I love it.
Kevin Shrum
Oct 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Geography Club - a little more spicey. Summer camp brings that out in everyone.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having blitzes through Geography Club, I couldn't get into the other Russel Middlebrook books fast enough.

In this second installment, Russel is tired of being the Out Gay Kid at school and jumps at the chance to become a camp counsellor during the summer break. His best friends Min and Gunnar are going too - what could be better? Well, not messing up your friendships for one! Anyway, all's well that ends well in this genre of story where the main character(s) must work through issues about growi
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Sup, dudes?

I really don't like YA novels. I'm past the age where I really remember, or much care about, the trials and tribulations of the high school social network.

Fortunately, that doesn't really matter, because Brent Hartinger has conceived of a character so charming and pleasurable to get to know that it's an unalloyed pleasure revisiting *shudder* my sophomore year and its intricate horrors.

Meet Russel Middlebrook. Russel is sixteen. He knows he's gay. His Internet chat buddies know as
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fiction fans
Well done sequel to Geograpy Club. I liked them both about equally.
Anna Ledwin
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, freshman
guess who just read this whole book in one sitting at her colleges dining hall??? me!!! and I have No Chill!!!!

I loved the geography club so much so I decided to BUY!!!! (ME, BUYING A BOOK BEFORE IVE READ IT!!!) the order of the poison oak. I was so not disappointed. in fact, it's on the same level or possibly even BETTER than the first novel, which rarely happens in series

good ol Russel back at it again with the strikingly genuine authenticity that taps directly into the center of my heart. the
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, gay-thread
another good book from brent hartinger, aimed at teens. this is the second in the russel middlebrook books. the first being geography club

russel is gay and out at school, and its been hard. he just wants a summer away from it. away from everyone knowing and the whispers in a place where being gay isnt all he is known for (there are times when even at 40+ i can relate to that.) so russel decides that summer camp as a camp councelor is just the right idea.

But the first two weeks of camp, well if i
Nick Almand
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
As much as I enjoyed "The Geography Club", I have to say I found "The Order of the Poison Oak" to be an even more enjoyable story. After introducing the cast and the school setting in the first Russel Middlebrook novel, this one builds from its foundations and takes off in a new direction quite brilliantly!

Without getting into any spoilers, you really get a deeper understanding of Russ's character when you see him thrust into an unfamiliar (and often intensely uncomfortable) situation. Russ is n
Dec 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Russel's commentaries throughout the book are some of the funniest material I have ever read. If one can appreciate J.D. on Scrubs, Russ will knock your socks off. Hartinger again mixes humor and serious issues into gold, something the Alchemists would be highly envious of. That being said, I found the connection between being outcast for a physical deformity and being an outcast for being gay totally erroneous. One cannot create a connection between a person that went through a traumatic event ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I was finished with Geography Club I picked this one up :) I wish it had been longer haha Otto! I fell in love with Otto! I wish their encounter had been different :) spoiler alert! Sorry haha but this book was AMAZING!!! I hope there's a trilogy in the making :) I can't get enough of Russell ha his life is truly wonderful.
Apr 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
funny, love the main character
Dana Graff
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
even better than the first!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It hardly happens that a sequel is better than the first book. Geography Club was good, but I found this one much better. Maybe I'm just sinking into the series. There is also something about the summer camp that brings me back to childhood, and being that mischievous kid along with my friends making life unbearable for the young counselors, very relatable. The idea of the kids being burn surviors made it that much more interesting and I liked Russel's primary struggle not to be discriminatory w ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lgbtq
Just reread this book and it hasn't lost any of its mystique. In a bid to try and get away from a tumultuous year of high school Russel accepts an offer from his friend Gunnar for a summer of being camp counselors along with their other friend Min.

The first session of kids are all burn survivors but are still kids so it turns into a Summer of corralling unruly kids, twilight rendezvous with the drop dead gorgeous fellow counselor Web, and trying no to piss off his best friends (anymore than he
Tiffany Tews
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*DNF* There's a certain line that stopped me dead in my tracks and I will not be continuing with this book or any other book by this author. Something to the effect of "he looked at me like he either didn't hear me or was ausistic". People on the AS are not the butt of some joke that is not remotely funny, and I am absolutely not okay with it. I don't care if it's Russel himself who is ignorant, I just can't. DISGUSTING.
Evan Knudson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely heart warming. Russel is witty and fun as always and as usual his narrative is beyond adorable. I love his heart and his entire being, which we finally start to see in this book. Though I personally didn't enjoy geography club I found this one absolutely engrossing. You can tell that Brent is refining his craft, especially when you see Russel's development and his engrossing, fun thoughts. I give this 5 stars because it's awesome!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the premise – this book is an extension of the Geography Club. Delightful characters, fun story line, a coming of age story The main protagonist is wonderful, although flawed he is mostly human, and for a teenager, that’s pretty much the best you can get.

I enjoyed the entire series, read them in order for best results.

It’s a PG-13 book, probably safe for most.
Garrett Shepard
A pretty good read, with some cringe worthy moments that you want to yell at Russel for. Again, when I said "good read" I mean a good listen, with some excellent narration again by Josh Hurley. Is it as good as the Geography Club, no, but still really enjoyable.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more. Maybe I was expecting something with Kevin, but not. Not in this book.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-gay-fiction
Plot: 4

Setting/Ambiance: 5

Character Development: 3

Writing: 4
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
no wear near as good as the first but i'll probably still read the next one...
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diese Reihe ist einfach Balsam für die Seele. Ich liebe es so sehr.
Raphæl Leroux
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delicato e divertente. Semplice e scorrevole. Altro? Non serve aggiungere altro. Anzi no... la leggenda indiana sul corvo arcobaleno mi è piaciuta un sacco!
Roger Hyttinen
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-romance, ya-lgbt
The Russel Middlebrook Series Continues

Last week, I posted about The Geography Club book and movie by Brent Hartinger, and about how much I loved it. Imagine my delight when I discovered that there are now a series of books featuring Russel. So I snatched up the second one in the series: The Order of the Poison Oak and read it in one sitting. Though this book is geared towards Young Adults, I feel that this is a book that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age. As with The Geography Club, I found i
Kalisto Nanen
Loved this book. Hear there is a third book in this series, not sure if im too keen on the protagonist from Geography Club being reintroduced
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For the last twenty years, I have made my living writing just about everything that involves words.

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