Camp X: Book 1

Mass Market Paperback | February 4, 2003

byEric Walters

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It's 1943, and nearly-12-year-old George and his older brother Jack are spending a restless wartime summer in Whitby, Ontario, where their mom is working at a munitions plant while their dad is off fighting the Germans. One afternoon, the boys stumble across Canada's top-secret spy camp-and so begins an exciting and terrifying adventure as George and Jack get caught up in the covert activities of Camp X.

Fascinated by Camp X and its secrets, the boys begin to suspect local townspeople of being spies. Is the police chief keeping tabs on people for enemy purposes? Is Jack's boss at the newspaper really amassing information for sinister reasons?

Unable to resist the camp's allure, the boys keep going back to find out more details of what's going on-they even meet William Stephenson, the Man Called Intrepid himself. They also attract the attention of a very sinister character, someone who is determined to use George and Jack's knowledge against the Allies, no matter the consequences . . . or the casualties.

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It's 1943, and nearly-12-year-old George and his older brother Jack are spending a restless wartime summer in Whitby, Ontario, where their mom is working at a munitions plant while their dad is off fighting the Germans. One afternoon, the boys stumble across Canada's top-secret spy camp-and so begins an exciting and terrifying adventur...

Award-winning author Eric Walters is one of Canada’s best-known and most prolific writers of fiction for children and young adults. He has published over eighty novels, which have won over one hundred awards, including eleven separate children’s choice awards, and have been translated into over eleven languages around the world. He...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:February 4, 2003Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141313285

ISBN - 13:9780141313283

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Suspenseful Read Camp X is a book written by Eric Walters and was published in 2002. The Literary Style is Adventure. It is a fictional story based upon real world facts that is intended to entertain readers between 12 and 14 years old. Camp X is set in the World War II era in Whitby, ON, and the main characters are brothers George & Jack Braun. Their mother works in a munitions factory and their father is serving overseas in Africa. George is 12 years old, medium height and weight with straight brown hair and dresses casually. He is intelligent, inquisitive, able to think quickly on his feet and always believes in doing the right thing. George is the Narrator. He and his older brother Jack always do everything together. This means they often get into trouble and even get into big adventures. George and Jack accidentally stumble into a secret spy school called Camp X, where people from the military learn to spy on the Germans. After discovering a number of top secret things, they were sworn to secrecy according to the Official Secrets Act. It was so secret that they were not allowed to tell their mother anything about Camp X related activities. The boys were soon to discover that Nazi spies were in Whitby planning diabolical things and they became entangled in their plot. They soon discovered that their lives would be on-the-line. There was lots of suspense, shooting, captured bad guys and the boys become heroes. George and Jack show us that good people can be forced by bad people to do terrible things. For example, when the German spies, forced George and Jack to tell them how to get into Camp X, by putting them at gunpoint and threatening to kill them by shooting them. Fortunately, good people still try to do the right thing. George and Jack escaped using their wits, and went to Camp X, to inform them about the German’s plan of taking over Camp X. The story taught me that it is always best to be honest and do the right thing. I love this story because it is a suspenseful work of fiction that took place in a real life place-Camp X in Whitby, ON. The author made it suspenseful when one of the German spies, was forced to execute George and Jack, but was hesitating to. They were in an abandoned house tied up, at gunpoint. I love spy stories, especially ones that involve boys around my age doing heroic things for our country. George and Jack were heroic when they escaped the Germans, went to Camp X and told them their plan and stole the Guard’s Jeep to inform the Lieutenant-Colonel of a plot to kill Prime Minister Churchill, but crashed and ended up in the hospital. I highly recommend this book, especially to boys of my age. It is full of excitement, scary situations and all sorts of spy stuff. I think this book is excellent and I give it a rating of 10 (5 stars). The topic is really enjoyable. It was so interesting that I found it hard to stop reading. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I hope you give the book a try soon. I am sure you will like it as much as I did.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Camp X cool, OK !!! I thought that Camp X was ok because it was interesting but it was not really my type of book like sports but it was cool learning about the book Camp X
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Beautifully Canadian" I really like Canadian books, but I used to live half and hour away from where this book was highlighted, and the book was actually, funny, thrilling and exciting as I was on the edge of my seat for every moment of the book. Eric Walters wrote the book amazingly and I loved every moment of the book.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read Camp X is an amazing book. This is my fifth time reading it and i still can't seem to put it down! Camp X is filled with action and adventure that makes you want to know happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a great read. Although its an easy read it still does a great job of describing everything and you can really visualize what jack and george are doing. This is my favorite book out of the series.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best book on earth! Reviewed by Grade Five student Robert M. I think that this is the BEST book ever! You really can't get any better books than this one! This story is about 2 kids in WWII, who live in Whitby, Ontario, and discover that there are Nazis in their town! This book is great! 106/100.
Date published: 2008-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Teen's WW2 Novel Series! A great epic adventure with 2 young boys who are on a journey to save their country! A great read! But I recomend this book for 13 year olds instead of 10-12, because when your a little older you get more of a basic understanding of World War Two instead of just a spy action book.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A horrible disgrace This book made me vomit. It is the worse piece of literature ever written. Don't by it!!! I would rather watch grass grow!!!
Date published: 2005-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this book is great this book was so good. and if you read this book you must read the CAMP 30 it is the contintuation of Camp x. it rock's.
Date published: 2005-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! This is the best book I've ever read. Eric Walters, you're my hero! Iv'e read so many of your books including, The Hydrofoil Mystery and Camp X. Those two are my favourite! Keep writing more exciting novels!
Date published: 2004-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent adventure Outstanding novel enjoyed by a 12 yr old and his mother. Easy reading and a history lesson as well. This was an excellent novel for his book report. We will be reading more of your novels. Thank you
Date published: 2004-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Book!!!! I thought, no wait, I know the book has to be the best book ever written. I simply couldn't put it down. No wonder I read it in about a week's time! There's a lot of adventure, mystery, and well I'll let you find that out for your self. But take it from me this book would most likely be the best book you've ever read.
Date published: 2004-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I think this book was a good book. It was very suspenseful and sometimes I didn't know what was going to happen! I was definitely surprised at how it ended, yet for some reason I think I knew it but just didn't think it was possible. This book keeps you guessing from start to finish!
Date published: 2004-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Camp X is awesome This book has surprised me. I would of thought that this book would've been the same as any old book. This one though has some potential. The author, Eric Walters, has done an absolutly tremendous job in writing this novel. He has done some amazing research and the time period for this book is awesome. I just couldn't beleive that this book is a true story, but the characters are fictional... I hope if anyone buys this book, that they will like it as much as I did! Sincerely Eric
Date published: 2004-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really injoyed this book eric walters always writes a book that i just can't put down no matter what!! they me short for me but worth it! this boook teaches some history as well as tells a story I just finished the book yesterday and it took me 2 days!! I wish the book didn't end i loved the characters so much!excellent read and is very enjoyable!
Date published: 2002-12-31

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Editorial Reviews

"A gripping tale." - Canadian Living

"An absorbing read." - Quill & Quire

"Walters's engaging style and ability to create believable characters will make every young reader long for the opportunity to be involved in something as exciting." - The Evening News (Nova Scotia)