USA Today chose Zack’s story as one of four top summer 2013 reading recommendations!
From Kerry Roeder from School Library Journal:
“This easy chapter book is a sweet story about friendship, confidence, and problem-solving. Having prepared himself for his first camp experience by reading the ultimate guidebook, Zack quickly makes friends with the other boys. However, he soon makes a mistake that causes his whole bunk to get sprayed by a skunk. Needless to say, the boys turn against him, holding him responsible for their tomato-juice-covered clothes. He eventually makes up with most of them, but soon they are faced with a life-threatening challenge, and Zack finds himself hesitant to act for fear of failing again.
Young readers will be drawn to Zack as he negotiates his way through a new environment. The book has some fun back matter, including an essay on camp, information about animal tracking, and glow-in-the-dark animal-tracking cards.”
From Kirkus Reviews:
“Combining simple, fast-paced prose, a third-person voice and italics to indicate Zack’s thoughts, Dokey crafts a high-spirited, good-natured story of a young boy finding his place in the camp world. A lighthearted camp romp with just enough danger and misadventure to keep the pages turning.”
From Jeffrey Marx , Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Season of Life
“Boys generally want plenty of action and humor in their reading, and they get that here. But Boys Camp books also take young readers on a journey of personal growth in areas such as friendship and leadership. Camp Wolf Trail is a great place to visit – even if only in the pages of a book.”
We’ve also topped the lists at WETA’s Reading Rockets, and on NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, as recommended by Monica Hesse of the Washington Post.