It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says-and does-nerdy things.
At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. The boys are determined to solve the mystery of the ghost and the missing science projects.
Freddie’s quest to win the scholarship—add the girl of his dreams—are constantly in jeopardy. There are complications at every turn: the ghost, a creepy caretaker, Freddie’s high school nemesis, a cantankerous camp manager, and a saboteur all threaten his chance to win the prize and Ginny’s heart.
For a book with an extremely unusual title (that gave me flashbacks of A Curios Incident Of The Dog In The Night) I found the whole read fascinating! I felt like a kid again buried eye balls deep in Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew Mysteries. Larry Sweitzer’s book was a great reminder of books of my past. The setting of a camp is an excellent fit for a book that revolves around the importance of friendships.
Many different elements make up this book that would be wonderful for the 7 – 10 age group. I liked the fact that Freddie was extremely smart but also a jock. This really brought together two groups that are usually quite separate the jocks and the…. well the eggheads. I liked that about this book as it shows that you don’t have to be one or the other. Once I started the book I did not put it down until on that last page our main character Freddie…. oh – that’s right, I can’t tell you! Guess you will just have to read it for yourself! 😉
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…Larry Sweitzer is a writer, musician, and avid baseball fan. He was born and raised in western Maryland and now lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano is his first novel. Visit him at www.larrysweitzer.com.
I received my copy fro review from Pump Up Your Book Promotion