Welcome to Camp Nightmare by R.L. Stine
Billy’s parents have sent him to camp, which is obviously in the middle of nowhere. The uncomfortable bus drives all the children out into the desert and leaves them there. Some strange animals chase the children before the camp counselors show up, but nobody says anything about it.
Immediately upon getting assigned bunks, another boy in Billy’s cabin is bitten by a snake. There’s a forbidden bunk which no one is supposed to go near. There isn’t a nurse. Kids start disappearing.
Billy goes on a terrible canoe rafting experience and even more strange stuff happens afterwards. What in the world is happening to the children at Camp Nightmoon?
What I liked
I do like stories where things are not as they seem which does end up being the case in this book. The world isn’t always as understandable as people would like to believe.
What I didn’t like
Some things in this book seem pretty severe to be happening to children. I imagine that if I had read this book as a child, which I did not, at least as I recall, that I might have been a little freaked out by the snake incident. I don’t fear snakes, but the idea of getting bit without available medical attention is anxiety inducing.
Sometimes summer camp isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and we’re not even counting the bugs or toilets you have to walk outside to get to.
If you found out you were in a murderous summer camp, what would you do?
If you could take one television survivalist with you to the murderous summer camp, who would you take?