Sink or Swim.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.
My mum is still listening and writing things down. She's wearing about twenty-seven gold bracelets, like she usually does, and I can hear them clinking as her hand moves on the pad in her lap. Finally she says, " . . . I think it sounds perfect. I'd like to sign him up for it."
When she gets off the phone, she has this great big smile on her face that's supposed to make me like the bad news she's going to give me, which is: "Dario -- you're going to summer camp."
I'm stunned. "What for? I didn't do anything!"
In Sink or Swim, twelve-year-old Dario has plans for his summer: hanging out at his Uncle's café, clearing dishes for a cut of the tips, maybe shooting a few baskets on the side. Dario's mother, however, also has plans for his summer, plans that involve two weeks at Camp Skookum.
Katherine Matthews is a Teacher/Librarian at the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto.
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