Sports Camp by Rich Wallace

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Riley feels like the smallest kid at sports camp. In fact, he is. He just turned eleven in April, but most kids here are twelve, and a few are even thirteen—and gigantic. It’s hard enough for a shrimp like Riley to fit in. He just doesn’t want to be the weak link as his bunk competes for the Camp Olympia Trophy.

Riley knows he’s no good at strength and accuracy games like basketball and softball. But when it comes to speed and endurance events, like running and swimming, he’s better than he looks. He’s pretty sure he can place in the top ten—and bring in major trophy points—in the final mile-long swim race across Lake Surprise. But he doesn’t count on being followed by the shadow of Big Joe, the giant vicious snapping turtle of camp lore. Wasn’t that supposed to be a legend?

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About Rich Wallace

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RICH WALLACE is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including the Kickers series, Sports Camp, Wrestling Sturbridge, and the Winning Season series. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, author Sandra Neil Wallace.

Author Residence: Keene, NH
Published March 31, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 162 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Pitched directly at sports fanatics, Wallace’s new novel follows an 11-year-old boy during his first visit to Camp Olympia, where he’ll join with his new buddies in Cabin Three to compete with five other cabins in various sports for the coveted camp trophy.

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