Away Games

Owlkids. (Camp Average: Bk. 3). Apr. 2021. 256p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771474054.
Gr 4-7–In the third book in the “Camp Average” series, friends Andre, Mack, and Miles are split up one summer. Andre and Mack end up at the Camp Killington, a prestigious baseball camp, as a result of a bet. Campers from Camp Hortonia, including new kid Garth, took their beds at Camp Avalon, affectionately called Camp Average by its campers, while renovations are being done at the hockey camp. And Miles, missing his buddies Andre and Mack, tries to figure out ways to get them back to their rightful camp. A variety of ideas and pranks lead up to a hockey challenge between Camp Average and Camp Hortonia. On the line is removing Garth from their cabin and getting their friends back. The campers at Camp Average aren’t known for their sports skills, but this group of underdogs work together to try to win. The cast of characters is large and tough to keep track of at times, and the plot, which moves back and forth between camps, could be confusing. While the author does give some explanation of what happened in previous summers, newcomers would benefit from starting with the first book.
VERDICT An additional purchase in places where summer camp stories are popular.

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