Here In The Real World

by Sara Pennypacker

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”–dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone.  but then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.  

On his first day Ware meets Jolene a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to camp.  Soon he starts skipping rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.  When their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights “Code of Chivalry” and vows to save the lot. 

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