Review of The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano by Larry Sweitzer

Posted December 8, 2009 by Stormi in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano
     by Larry Sweitzer
Pages: 180
Publisher: iUniverse

It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says-and does-nerdy things.

At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. The boys are determined to solve the mystery of the ghost and the missing science projects.

Freddie’s quest to win the scholarship-and the girl of his dreams-are constantly in jeopardy. There are complications at every turn: the ghost, a creepy caretaker, Freddie’s high school nemesis, a cantankerous camp manager, and a saboteur all threaten his chance to win the prize and Ginny’s heart.

Well I sort of had my reservations about this book with the the tittle and all, but it was actually a cute book. It is definatly more of a middle grade boys book, but it was a nice story.

It has all the great elements that I boy should love while reading a book. It has a cool camp, pretty girls, a mystery about a ghost, and friends. Freddie just wants to get the girl of his dream to notice him but he goes about things all wrong. He ends up getting himself in more trouble and alienating his friends than spending any time with Ginny.

Freddie wants more than anything to win the 5,000 dollar scholarship, but when other camper’s projects go missing he must  find out who has done it before something happens to his, but in the meantime he has to deal with his nemisis, Tony. Everytime Freddie tries to do something impressive, it seems like Tony is there to mess things up or make him look bad.

The characters in the book are cute, funny and full of spunk which makes it a fun read for anyone. If you have ever been to a summer camp then I am sure this book will bring a smile to your face as memories of what camp was like floods back.

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