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Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe

Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe 

Sarah Mlynowski 

Sam’s summer isn’t off to a great start.  Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip, and now she’s a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to.  Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster. 

That is, until she meets Gavin, the camp’s sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down.  Gavin may have gotten the job just for his abs.  Or that smile.  Or the way he fills Sam’s free time with thrilling encounters and swimming under a cascade of stars, whispering secrets over smores, embarking on one (very precarious) canoe ride after dark. 

It’s absurd.  After all, Sam loves Eli.  But one totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs.  And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants. 

Annotation from HarperCollins Publishers/Baker & Taylor Content Café