Called Upon

Bethany Lee. Morgan James, $15.95 (280p) ISBN 978-1-63195-202-9
Kaitlyn, 14, has been having a hard time in school, with her former best friend orchestrating the teen’s daily torture. Her mother has a solution, though: Kaitlyn will spend the summer at Camp Overlook and hopefully make a few friends. Kaitlyn finds herself quickly adopted by her bunkmates and forms a fast friendship with Molly, who sets her sights on Jake, the cutest boy in camp. As the girls befriend Jake’s bunkmates, Kaitlyn realizes that something strange is happening at Camp Overlook, and turns to Claire, a return camper who warns of disappearances and hints at the teens’ fate as lab rats. Interweaved throughout is the story of Ashley, a pregnant teen who isn’t sure how to handle impending motherhood. Though debut novelist Lee’s too-tidy thriller relies heavily on Scooby Doo–style confessions, realistic characters give the story a grounded appeal. Ages 12–16. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/07/2021
Release date: 03/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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