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I’ve decided to use my first (actual) post to revisit one of my all-time favourite books: I Want To Go Home by Gordon Korman. I’ve lost track of how many time I’ve read this book, which remains laugh-out-loud funny to this day. Korman brings his A-game in I Want To Go Home, the story of a young misanthrope whose parents force him to go summer camp against his will in an effort to help him make the friends he doesn’t want.

Rudy Miller is my hero. In retrospect, this book is likely largely responsible for my well-honed (and often-used) sense of dry humour and sarcasm. There’s a enough depth of character beyond that though to give us a glimpse into the life a boy who has probably never been able to fit in. At it’s heart, this is a story about friendship and how we can make connections despite our best attempts. And about a beaver who just wants to build her dam in peace.

My only wish is that Korman had brought Rudy, Mike, Chip, Pierre, and Harold Greene back for one more summer.

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