Camp X (novel)
|Cover artist||Lisa Jager|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||Camp 30|
Camp X is a children's spy novel written by Canadian author Eric Walters. Set in World War II, the novel is about two boys, Jack and George, trying to save the secret Canadian military base, Camp X, which they accidentally discover after playing a fake game of war. Camp X was first published in 2002 and was followed by several sequels: Camp 30, Fool's Gold, Shell Shocked and Trouble in Paradise.
11-year-old George and his older brother Jack move with their mother to Whitby, Ontario in the summer of 1943. In Whitby they discover a spy training camp called Camp X. They are caught and sign a secrecy oath which means they cannot tell anyone about anything in the camp. The camp’s leader spots them when they are trying to sneak in and gives them a job sneaking around to improve security, in Camp X as well as the nearby munitions factory, Defence Industries Limited. They learn much about the camp and are sent off with tasks. When delivering newspapers one day they are caught by German agents. Jack and George are tortured and almost killed, but they figure out a lot about the Germans. They get away and warn the Camp X of the attacks that are planned. They risk their lives to warn Camp X, and are proud about their success.
Bridget Donald's review in Quill & Quire, Canada's magazine of book news and reviews, describes Camp X as an absorbing read and a page-turner, saying that this rather than the historical background is its strength. She notes that the novel does not glorify war though treating the Allied Forces as heroes. In the Edmonton Journal the novel is described as having "the right elements to keep young espionage fans turning the pages", and the Georgia Straight says that the author is his usual thrilling self. .