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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

The Big Swim

by Cary Fagan

tagged: new experience, peer pressure, camping & outdoor activities
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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: Apr 2010
pages: 128
ISBN:9780888999702
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

When Ethan arrives at summer camp for the first time, he has just three modest goals. First, to survive. Second, not to be hated. Third, not to be the worst at anything. But these goals turn out to be relatively easy to achieve. Instead, his real challenge comes in the form of a new cabin mate. Zachary arrives at camp late, surrounded by a cloud of rumors, and Ethan finds himself intrigued and somehow envious of the new arrival. Zach doesn’t seem to care what anybody thinks of him. He doesn’t even seem upset when he is forced to miss the Big Swim, the legendary camp event where a select few try to swim across the lake and back.

Then Zach attracts the attention of Amber Levine -- the girl with an easy smile and a freckle on one knee -- at the same time that Amber attracts the attention of Ethan. And life gets even more complicated when Zach decides to try the Big Swim on his own, and he manages to convince Amber and Ethan to help him. Original and smartly observed, this story will strike a chord with anyone who has ever been to summer camp.

About the Author

Cary Fagan

CARY FAGAN is an award-winning author for children and adults. In 2014 Cary was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for his body of work. Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection
  • Commended, Resource Links' Year's Best
Editorial Review

The setting is rich and the characters are interesting and fresh.

— School Library Journal

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