Camp

Sky Pony Press   2012

 
Every secret has a price.

Amy Becker's mother holds a dark secret. In fact, her whole past is a secret. All Amy knows is that her mother came from Germany, and that her mother doesn't love her. That icy voice. Those rigid rules of how to eat, dress, walk, talk, think. And no matter what Amy does, no matter how much she follows the rules, she just can't earn her mother's love.

But everything changes that summer of 1963, when 14-year-old Amy is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls. Takawanda, where all the rules get broken. Takawanda, where mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. Takawanda, where Amy's cousin unveils the truth about what Amy's mother lost on Kristallnacht. Amy's discovery emboldens her to open the Pandora's box of her mother's secrets, setting in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever.

Camp is a spellbinding mother-daughter story about Holocaust guilt and the collateral damage of family secrets. Although it is marketed as a young adult novel (ages 13 and up), it is a compelling story for women of all ages, and the perfect book for mothers and daughters to share.


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