Camp Average
Camp Average

Series: Camp Average Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Led by Mack and Andre, the boys of Cabin 10 decide to reclaim their summer and revolt by losing spectacularly at every game they play--and especially at the upcoming baseball tournament.
Catalog Number: #182609
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 234 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-7714-7305-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-7714-7305-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018946402
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When a group of boys discover that their usual summer-camp adventures have been traded for more conventional fare, they know that something has to be done. The boys of Cabin 10 love Camp Avalon own as Camp Average to the surrounding camps. Sure, there's sports, but they also have time to take part in other activities. That is until their new camp director decides to make the junior camp more competitive and exclusively sports-focused. Mack, Andre, and the rest of their cabin miss their typical (i.e., non-athletic) adventures and plot ways to make the new camp itinerary go awry. Whether the boys are playing poorly or losing on purpose, the camp director always seems to be one step ahead of them. The boys' games and pranks are clever and there is plenty of baseball to please sports fans. Tweens will relate to the hilarious camp hijinks and the ending hints that there may be more to come for Camp Average and Cabin 10. A fun summer read.
Kirkus Reviews
A new administrator's efforts to remake an easygoing boys' sports camp into an athletic powerhouse m
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A new administrator's efforts to remake an easygoing boys' sports camp into an athletic powerhouse meet spirited resistance.Loosely branded as a sports camp, Camp Avalon (aka Camp Average), unlike its better-funded competitors, doesn't specialize in one sport. While directors annually remind campers about its sole baseball tournament win (1951), many activities aren't competitive or even sports—until director Winston takes charge, canceling traditional events and activities and banning hot dogs and sugary cereals. After exhaustive athletic-aptitude testing, each camper is assigned a sport, which they'll spend all day, every day, playing. Eleven-year-old Mack Jones, white, and Andre Jennings, a dark-skinned, talented pitcher, both land baseball, as does Nelson Ramos, YouTube celebrity toy-and-game reviewer, a baseball newbie with awesome hand-eye coordination. Winning trumps all: Poor test results consign brainy, well-liked Miles to keeping score and maintaining statistics. Led by Mack, who misses water-skiing, the kids rebel, spectacularly losing games against other camps. As Winston doubles down, adding "boot camp" practice, war escalates. The athletes grow dispirited—losing intentionally is still losing—but then Miles makes a discovery. Mack and friends are endearing, authentic tweens, their bond transcending sports. Camp, campers, and counselors (default white, with names conveying cultural diversity for the most part) are portrayed with unsentimental affection. Sports journalist Battle, past editor of Canadian children's magazine Owl, brings a sharp, satirical eye to trends benign and otherwise in children's sports.Hilarious, irreverent, and timely, highly recommended for sports fans, summer-camp alums, and preteen-years survivors. (Fiction. 8-13)
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ALA Booklist (2/1/18)
Word Count: 43,354
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 506064 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 790L

The launch of a brand-new series introduces a group of 11-year-olds who arrive at Camp Avalon --affectionately called Camp Average by these kids because they never win at any sport. But a new camp director who hates losing has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they want to or not! 5 1/2 x 8.

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