Anyway* by Arthur Salm

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Reinventing yourself takes humor, heart, and a TON of footnotes!

Max is a good kid—but you wouldn’t know that if you met him at the boring family camp his parents dragged him to over the summer. There, for a few exciting weeks, Max reinvents himself as “Mad Max” and gains a bad-boy reputation for being daring, cool, and fearless.

But when Max returns home, he finds it’s easier to be fearless with strangers than it is among friends, and he is not particularly proud of the way his behavior over the summer hurt people. Can he find a way to merge his adventurous alter ego with his true identity as a good guy?

Peppered with humorous handwritten footnotes and doodles throughout, Anyway* perfectly captures the viewpoint of a young teen doing his best to find his place in the world—and an ideal balance between wise guy and wimp.

About Arthur Salm

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Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.
Published May 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 194 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When his parents announce the three of them are going to camp together for a week, Max initially wishes he could stay home, like his college-age brother, Ben.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Anyway*

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But when he’s forced to take a summer vacation at a family camp with his parents, Max trots out an edgy new persona he’s sure will impress the other camp kids—especially a beautiful girl.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Anyway*

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