In Camp X
, popular young-adult novelist Eric Walters shows the domestic side of the Second World War, telling the story of two young boys and their wartime adventures in Canada. Even though all the fighting was happening overseas, the two brothers realize that another type of crucial struggle is taking place right under their noses. George, 12, and Jack, 14, live in the town of Whitby in rural Ontario. Their mother works in a munitions plant nearby, and their father is fighting overseas. It's summer vacation, so the boys have plenty of time on their hands, and Jack is typically leading George into trouble. While playing in the forest, they become lost and stumble across a strange military base, but are quickly told by a soldier to leave and not return.
Driven by intense curiosity, the boys return to the base, where they're discovered again and interrogated by the head of the camp, a lieutenant-colonel. They've wandered into a top-secret spy training facility. They also learn that not all dangers in the war are overseas, and that spies can lurk in the most unexpected places, even in their own town. With plenty of action and adventure and an authentic feel for the period, Camp X is a great read. (Ages 12 to 16) --Mark Frutkin
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Walters is his usual thrilling, sometimes manic self. -- - Georgia Straight
[Camp X] has the right elements to keep young espionage fans turning the pages. -- - Edmonton Journal
About the Author
Award-winning author Eric Walters is one of Canada’s best-known and most prolific writers of fiction for children and young adults. He has published over eighty novels, which have won over one hundred awards, including eleven separate children’s choice awards, and have been translated into over eleven languages around the world. He is the only three-time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards.