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. Volume XII Number 20 . . . .June 9, 2006
In Eric Walters' new book, Camp X: Fool's Gold, the author takes a break from his recent trend of writing in the "now" with such topical issues as Terry Fox, Rwanda or September 11th 2001, and he returns to the "then" with a story that is set in September 1942. Following the previous adventures of Jack and George Braun in 2002's Camp X, a story that saw the boys accidentally discover a top secret training camp for Allied spies in Whitby, ON, the two brothers and their mother have moved to Bowmanville, ON, while their father is fighting with St Patrick's regiment in Africa. But they have not managed to totally escape their pasts, and one day three thugs wearing suits and fedoras show up at their house and threaten to kill their mother if the boys do not help them find a way back into Camp X. The thieves are looking to locate a stash of gold bars that are rumored to be stored in Camp X, and the boys are their only way in. The boys’ mother is taken hostage, and the boys must take matters into their own hands by helping the thieves travel down the river (and over a waterfall) into the camp.
Recommended with reservations.
Jen Waters is the Teen Services Librarian at the Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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