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The Big Swim

by Cary Fagan

Groundwood Books Ltd | April 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.37 in

Published: April 1, 2010

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888999704

ISBN - 13: 9780888999702

Appropriate for ages: 9

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The Big Swim

by Cary Fagan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.37 in

Published: April 1, 2010

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888999704

ISBN - 13: 9780888999702

About the Book

When his parents send him to summer camp for the first time, Ethan has just three goals. First, to survive. Second, not to be hated. Third, not to be the worst at anything. Instead, Ethan's real challenge comes in the form of a new cabin mate. Zachary arrives at camp late, surrounded by a cloud of rumors. He refuses to be given a nickname, loves the music of an ancient rock 'n' roll singer called Buddy Holly, and 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. And unlike Ethan, Zach doesn't seem to care what anybody thinks of him, even Amber Levine -- the girl with an easy smile and a freckle on one knee.

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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 is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. He has twice been a Toronto Book Award finalist, and he has won the Jewish Book Award and the World Storytelling Award. He has been a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. Cary lives with his family in Toronto.

Appropriate for ages: 9

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