Boot Camp

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About The Book

In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn't. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won't be allowed to leave until he's admitted his "mistakes" and conformed to Harmony Lake's standards of behavior. And there's no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett's spirit is slowly ebbing away. Then he hears whispers of an escape plot. It's incredibly risky -- if he's caught, the consequences will be unthinkable -- but it may be his only way out.

In this tense, riveting novel, award-winning YA author Todd Strasser reveals what really goes on in highly secretive -- and notoriously dangerous -- boot camps, a stealth prison system where any teenager under the age of eighteen can be imprisoned at his parents' whim.

About The Author

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Todd Strasser is the author of many award-winning YA novels, including The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, and Fallout, which the New York Times called “superb entertainment...and gripping suspense.” His novel, Price of Duty, received uniformly enthusiastic reviews including a starred review from BooklistSchool Library Journal called it “highly recommended,” and it was a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens. Todd has also written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been adapted for TV and film, including The Wave, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Drive Me Crazy, based on his novel, How I Created My Perfect Prom Date. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 2010)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442428881
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Awards and Honors

  • Abraham Lincoln Book Award Master List (IL)
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Georgia Peach Book Award Master List
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Florida Teens Read Master List
  • Gateway Readers Award Nominee (MO)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • Iowa High School Book Award Master List
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten

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