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Owlkids Books Spring 2020 Frontlist

Camp Average
By (author): Craig Battle
Craig Battle


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) 2 - 6, Grade (US) 2 - 6
Mar 10, 2020
$10.95 CAD


8in x 5.5 x 0.5 in | 319 gr

Page Count:

240 pages
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities
Diamond Willow Award 2020, Short-listed Sundogs Nominee List 2021, Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2020, Short-listed TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read 2021, Commended

In the first book in a new series, campers fight to lose like never before

·   First in the new middle-grade Camp Average novel series

·   Engaging storyline for reluctant readers

·  Great summer reading selection

·   Authored by a sports writer and packed with sports detail

A group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at Camp Avalon—which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that’s the way they like it. But this summer, new camp director Winston—who hates losing—has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they want to or not!

Led by main character Mack and his friend Andre, the boys of Cabin 10 decide to reclaim their summer and revolt by losing spectacularly at every game they play, and especially at the big baseball tournament coming up with three nearby camps.

In a story full of plotting, planning, and plenty of push-ups, it’s a full-court press on losing for the campers, strategic play-by-play for the camp director, and great teamwork on all sides. Who will come out ontop? The first book in the new Camp Average series is a smart, funny summer read featuring a diverse group of realistic characters and a winning storyline.

CRAIG BATTLE has worked as a journalist, coach, and camp counselor. He is the former editor of OWL magazine, the former owner of a pretty solid jump shot, and the author of six books for middle-grade readers. Now an editor of stories big and small at Sportsnet.ca, Craig lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

For more information contact
[email protected]

“Hilarious, irreverent, and timely, highly recommended for sports fans, summer-camp alums, and preteen-year survivors.” - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"This is a great book about friendship and standing up for what you believe." - PSLA Teaching and Learning

"A fun summer read." - Booklist

"This is definitely one book you’ll want to pack in your duffel for summer reading." - Sally's Bookshelf

"A perfect summer read...that will delight young readers who want to relive their own camp experiences or summer camp wannabes." - The Globe and Mail

"Young readers who are yearly campers, huge sports fans, or just looking for a solid story full of humour...will find something to love in Camp Average." - Canadian Review of Materials

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