The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger
(The Russel Middlebrook Series)

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Book 2 in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Series

“Summer camp is different from high school. Something about spending the night. Things happen."

Geography Club's Russel Middlebrook is back, and he's going to work as a summer camp counselor with his best friends Min and Gunnar. He's sick and tired of being openly gay in high school, and a peaceful summer at Camp Serenity is just what he needs to relieve the stress that comes from being an "out" teenager.

But he doesn't count on sudden new rivalries with Min and Gunnar, or having to chase after a cabin full of unruly campers. And he especially doesn't count on a fellow counselor as hunky as Web Bastion.

Things do happen at Camp Serenity, especially at night. Brent Hartinger's third novel is a story about Indian legends, skinny-dipping in moonlit coves, and the mysteries of a secret society called the Order of the Poison Oak. But more than anything, this witty page-turner is about bravery in the face of unexpected danger, the passion of a sizzling summer romance, and, most of all, the courage to be yourself.

About Brent Hartinger

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Brent Hartinger is the author of many books, mostly for and about teenagers. Ge-ography Club, the first book in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Se-ries, has been adapted as a successful stage play and also a feature film starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonski. Other feature films based on Brent's work include The Starfish Scream (2014). Brent is also the co-founder of the website, which was sold to Viacom/MTV in 2006. Read more by and about Brent, or contact him at
Published November 4, 2010 by HarperTeen. 203 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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