About the Book
Book: The Rubber-Band: Slingshot Summer
Editor: Christy Hoss
Genre: Middle Grade
Release date: May, 2022
Separated from each other at rival camps by a shared lake, the bond of the Rubber Band is challenged. Lead guitar player, Eddie attends a rustic camp for diabetics while across the lake, the rest of the band is at a posh resort for elite rich people’s children, sponsored by lead singer, Becca. During the annual Olympics between camps, the sabotage of a high-stakes kayak race threatens to sink friendships. From the moment they step off the bus to the last day of goodbyes, it’s a non-stop, hilarious and fun-filled first time-at-camp experience for the guys all while Becca is bullied by a long-time rival. Although both summer camps bring new possibilities, will it strengthen the bond of the band and change hearts or stretch them apart?
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I loved summer camp as a kid, and I really enjoyed this book! I felt like it captured the spirit of kids going to camp for the first time. I think kids will love this book. It seems very relatable to kids. I love how even though Becca has a rivalry going throughout the whole book with Pamela, the author weaves in the importance of forgiveness into it towards the end. I have not read book 1 and 2, but I felt like any important pieces of information from those books were recapped so I didn’t feel lost. This is definitely a middle grade book, I feel like maybe 5th/6th grade and above would be perfect. There’s nothing wrong with the book, but as a parent I feel I should note that it does talk a bit about crushes, and at one point it’s insinuated that Becca was hoping for Rocky to kiss her, but he doesn’t. (Which kids may or may not even pick up on it’s so vague) I’ll probably still let my fifth grader read it, I don’t think that the crush topic is a deal breaker for us since it’s normal and it’s just mentioned a few times and never actually acted upon, just wanted to note it since every family is different and may feel differently for their kids at this age. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book for your older kids!
**I received a copy of this book as part of the CelebrateLit blog team. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Christy caught the writing bug in second grade after winning a prize for a five-page story about her dog, Noodles. Mrs. Olson told her she was destined to be a writer and that dream never left her thoughts. After teaching elementary school for fifteen years, Christy fulfilled her childhood dream with her debut novel, The Rubber Band. She substitute teaches to support her writing career, deriving writing inspiration from the students and situations she encounters.
At age twenty-five, she was diagnosed with type-one diabetes but refuses to let it limit her. Her diabetic alert dog, Aiden, has saved her life uncountable times and will appear The Rubber Band Snaps, the fourth book in the series. Christy lives by this equation: Living + diabetes = LIVE-abetes.
Christy is a freelance editor and writes children’s Bible stories for Focus on the Family ClubHouse magazine and has written articles for Guideposts. She is a featured speaker for conferences, retreats and special events. Christy lives in eastern Tennessee with husband Kevin, the love of her life. They have three grown children.
The Rubber Band Slingshot Summer is the third book in The Rubber Band middle grade novel series by Christy Hoss.
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If you have ever been to summer camp, I guarantee you will enjoy the Rubber Band’s newest adventure. It takes place at two camps across the lake from each other. Although this is a fictional story, some of it is based on reality. Bearskin Meadow Diabetes Camp does exist and some of the names I used are real people who have given me permission to honor them and what they do. Becca’s exaggerated outdoor adventure camp is, however, purely non-existent and based only on my imagination.
I couldn’t resist writing this light-hearted, fun-filled, nonstop adventure for the band but not without its serious message that I am hoping will encourage strength in my readers.
One week at Bible camp was always the highlight of my summer, giving me something to look forward to. The week always ended too soon for me. Fresh out of high school, I flew to Southern California and worked as a counselor for inner-city kids at a Salvation Army camp in Malibu. It was so much fun, I worked three more summers at various camps on the East Coast and then two more back in Malibu. It was inevitable I would write about the experiences one day.
If you want to experience the camp Eddie attends, check it out here: https://dyf.org/why-camp/
In order to get to Bearskin Meadow, you must travel through Sequoia National Park. Take a sneak peek at its thousand-year-old trees here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sequoia/home
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