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Boot Camp

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From Todd Strasser, a “truly shocking” (Kliatt) account of the prison-style workings of teen boot camps.

Garrett is an average fifteen-year-old, except that he’s in love with an older woman. Even though Garrett gets good grades and hasn’t had any real discipline problems, his parents decide to ship him off to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for teenagers. He is “kidnapped” by camp employees and transported there, where after a painful attempt at rebellion he quickly figures out that the fastest way to graduate is by following all the rules.

But no matter what rules he follows, Garrett soon realizes that the people who run the boot camp won’t rest until his spirit is well and truly broken. And so, with danger at every turn, he plans a daring escape—with chilling consequences.

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Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from HereGive a Boy a GunBoot CampIf I Grow UpFamous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

"Teens, especially boys, will be riveted...the novel is a real eye-opener."—KLIATT

"Strasser creates characters who will provoke a strong reaction from readers....Teens...will certainly find themselves engrossed in this fast-paced and revealing story about the hidden side of teen incarceration."—School Library Journal

"Strasser offers no easy answers, and nimbly navigates a host of moral gray areas."—Publishers Weekly

"The real-world issues will hit a nerve."—Booklist

  • Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
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  • Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Florida Teens Read Master List
  • Gateway Readers Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award List
  • Iowa High School Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten

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