Boot Camp by Todd Strasser

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In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn't. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won't be allowed to leave until he's admitted his "mistakes" and conformed to Harmony Lake's standards of behavior. And there's no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett's spirit is slowly ebbing away. Then he hears whispers of an escape plot. It's incredibly risky -- if he's caught, the consequences will be unthinkable -- but it may be his only way out.

In this tense, riveting novel, award-winning YA author Todd Strasser reveals what really goes on in highly secretive -- and notoriously dangerous -- boot camps, a stealth prison system where any teenager under the age of eighteen can be imprisoned at his parents' whim.


About Todd Strasser

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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 Here", "Give a Boy a Gun", "Boot Camp", "If I Grow Up", "Famous", 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
Published December 14, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 238 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strasser explores the intriguing topic of militaristic boot camps, described as a secret prison system with 4,000 to 10,000 teens, but he undermines his effort with implausible characters and tedious violence.

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I n his latest novel, Strasser (Can't Get There from Here ) delivers an indictment of boot camps used to control unruly teen

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You might think he had been kidnapped, but he knows, and we know because we've read the book title, that he's off to boot camp.

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