Henry Lambert (16) did have a fairly long list of fears. He was a good kid, smart, fantastic grades, but his parents thought there were gaps in his life skills. His parents believe he could acquire strength, self-confidence, "become a man" if he attends Strongwoods Survival Camp. Henry is definitely not on board. He tells his best friend since kindergarten, Randy Cakes, who will accompany him to camp that "There are going to be survival games just like The Hunger Games in real life." The camp counselor, Max, acts like a drill sergeant and the camp itself leaves much to be desired. Only five boys are in attendance. The camp is in financial trouble and several goons arrive creating further mayhem and murder. Monica from a music camp three miles away is a life-saver - literally. Although this was obviously penned as a boys' book, it has universal appeal and is hilarious.
"I hate to be Mr. Obvious, but really, the best way to survive the wilderness is to stay inside."
Truman Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17