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The High School Boys in Summer Camp   By: (1868-1922)

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"The High School Boys in Summer Camp" by H. Irving Hancock takes readers on an exciting journey into the summer adventures of a group of boys from Lakeville High School. As they embark on a summer camp trip, their experiences unfold in a delightful narrative that combines elements of adventure, friendship, and personal growth.

The story revolves around the main characters: Jack, Frank, Will, and Andy. Each boy possesses unique traits and interests, making for a diverse and relatable group of protagonists. From the very beginning, the author effectively establishes a strong camaraderie among them, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and loyalty throughout their escapades.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in its vivid descriptions of the camp setting. From the serene lake to the dense forest, Hancock showcases his prowess in creating a richly detailed environment that captivates readers from page one. The author masterfully paints scenes that transport readers into the heart of nature, allowing them to experience the beauty and challenges of the great outdoors alongside the characters.

As the boys dive into various activities and challenges, the plot becomes increasingly engrossing, keeping readers eagerly turning the pages. Whether it's testing their survival skills in the wilderness or participating in thrilling sporting events, the boys' adventures are filled with gripping moments that brim with excitement and tension.

Furthermore, Hancock skillfully weaves important life lessons throughout the story, making this more than just a mere tale of summer fun. The characters face dilemmas and conflicts, both internal and external, which they must navigate as they learn about responsibility, self-discovery, and the value of true friendship. These valuable lessons are subtly interwoven into the narrative, allowing readers to reflect on their own attitudes and actions.

The author's writing style is accessible and engaging, particularly suited for young adult readers. While the dialogue occasionally feels stiff, the characters' personalities shine through, and their interactions add depth and authenticity to the story. Hancock's choice to write in a simple and straightforward manner ensures that readers of all ages can connect with the plot and find enjoyment in the book.

Overall, "The High School Boys in Summer Camp" is an enthralling read that balances adventure, friendship, and personal growth. H. Irving Hancock's skillful storytelling transports readers to a captivating summer camp journey, where they can witness the growth and development of the characters as they face challenges and forge unbreakable bonds.

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E text prepared by Jim Ludwig

The High School Boys in Summer Camp or The Dick Prescott Six Training for the Gridley Eleven

By H. Irving Hancock


CHAPTERS I. The Man in the Four Quart Hat II. Dick and Some High Finance III. The Human Mystery of the Woods IV. Dave Darrin is Angry V. Dick Grapples in the Dark VI. Danger Comes on the Hoof VII. Fighting the Mad Stampede VIII. Visitors for the Feast IX. Dick's Woodland Discovery X. Setting a New Trap XI. A Hard Prowler to Catch XII. "Tag" is the Game Tag Mosher! XIII. In a Fix! XIV. Thrashing an Ambulance Case! XV. The Interruption of a Training Bout XVI. Ten Minutes of Real Daring XVII. During the Big Storm XVIII. Mr. Page's Kind of Father XIX. Seen in a New, Worse Light XX. Some Imitation Villainy XXI. The Medical Examiner Talks Training XXII. Plating Ragtime on Mr. Bull XXIII. What Tag "Borrowed" from the Doctor XIV. Conclusion



"You'll find your man in the lobby of the Eagle Hotel or in the neighborhood of the hotel on Main Street," said Dick Prescott. "You can hardly miss him."

"But how will I know Mr. Hibbert, when I see him?" pursued the stranger.

"I don't know that his name is Hibbert," Dick answered... Continue reading book >>

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