Before he fought to save the United States, before he battled drones in the sky, before he fought terrorists on trains, helicopters, dirt bikes, horseback, or sinking cruise ships...he went to sports camp.
Kirkus Reviews declares it "always entertaining."Foreword Clarion Reviews calls it "just basic fun," and Publishers Weekly describes it as a "high-octane thrill fest." Be the first of your friends to discover the first adventure of the up-and-coming, award-winning, action-packed Greyson Gray Series that follows our young, admirable hero who dares to do what is right, no matter the costs.
Sports Camp has everything twelve-year-old Greyson Gray needs to distract him from his father's mysterious disappearance - intense athletic competition, weird friends, and a pretty girl. But when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist's sinister plot brewing in the observatory, a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend, he suddenly toils with two dueling worlds - one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and awkward romance. Spurred on by his father's words to do what's good no matter the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a daring and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.
Threaded with witty, sarcastic humor and gritty suspense, Camp Legend puts you in Greyson's shoes not only as he battles evil in thrilling chases, but also as he deals with his awkward first crush, menacing bullies, and the loss of his father. Parents will especially love Greyson's moral compass - his daring drive to do what is right even when it's hard. Many say this is a boy book, especially for boys ages 9-12 (preteen). While it's true that boys who enjoy spy or detective books with plenty of action and adventure, a dash of mystery and a heaping of humor will love this book, girls have proven to love it, too! They love the feisty and capable Sydney, the budding romance, and the horse chases along with everything else the boys like! Even adults enjoy the nostalgia, witty humor, and the light-hearted action. Prepare to laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters as the Greyson Gray Series begins with a bang.
Interview with the Author
Q: Why should someone start the Greyson Gray Series?
A: The series is just basic fun. In Camp Legend, you fall in love with the quirky characters, their witty humor, and their admirable leader who reminds many of Indiana Jones - with a signature look, daring confidence, and a knack for trouble. Then, just when you get to know the kids, a spark is set to their world, erupting in an epic, dangerous adventure that threatens civil war. Even as the later books take Greyson and his friends into more intense action and maturity, there is still the humor and endearing qualities that keep you rooting for them to the end. It's the perfect entertaining mixture that readers love!
Q: Why should parents get this series for their kids?
A: It's clean and features an admirable hero worth emulating. The hero, Greyson, has something inside of him that wants to do what is right and good, no matter the costs. This urge drives him in all of his adventures, even when it's difficult to know what is right and good. Also, his signature red hat has a white G on it that even he doesn't know what it stands for; but when enough people ask him, he decides that it stands for Good. He will fight for it even when he doesn't know everything and even though he's only twelve. The youngest generation needs this tenacity for truth and goodness more than ever. Finally, it has intense action - but no gore. It has romance; but it's innocent and clean.
It's also real - with real struggles and suffering. Greyson deals with a missing father, bullying, betrayal, girl-problems, and tough moral issues. At the same time, the series takes on many issues that are prominent in today's America including: tolerance, drone warfare, surveillance, bitter politics, and religion. These topics will be great to discuss around the dinner table or in the car.
Q: What age is appropriate for these books?
A: I would let a public-schooled fifth grader read these books. Other parents may choose sixth or seventh grade while others may approve of younger kids. There are characters who die in suspenseful, intense action. There is no gore and no physical affection beyond light peck kisses. There is mild potty humor and use of the words "sucks," "frick," and "heck" (Book 3). It's also a great, nostalgic read for adults!
Q: What makes this series different than the rest?
A: Foremost, the series is set apart from many young adult books today because it is pre-dystopian. Many YA books are dystopian - meaning the country has already fallen and it is up to the protagonist to defy those that brought it down. This theme often leads to an entirely serious, almost depressing feel to the book. On the other hand, some YA books are entirely light-hearted, and readers never doubt that their beloved characters will come out on top. The Greyson Gray Series takes the best of both worlds, with light-hearted, lovable characters trying to prevent the collapse of the country. They have one foot in their hilarious childhood antics and the other in the adult world of purpose and desperation.
Besides that, the series has received loads of commendations for the biggest critics. But don't just take their word for it. Try it out yourself!