MS Review – The Rubber Band – Slingshot Summer – middle grade

About the Book

Book: The Rubber-Band: Slingshot Summer

Editor: Christy Hoss

Genre: Middle Grade

Release date: May, 2022

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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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My Review

Hoss, Christy. Slingshot Summer: Summer Camp. Plymouth, MA: Elk Lake Publishing, 2022. 

The Rubber Band series, book 3

There is so much to like about Christy Hoss’s Slingshot Summer and the other books in The Rubber Band series. One of the main characters has diabetes – which allows readers to get some insight into living with this disease. The books are also full of adventure and activities most older elementary or middle school-aged children only dream of. The books are well-written and draw readers into the lives of the characters. 

In Slingshot Summer, Eddie goes to a camp for diabetics and experiences life with people who understand what he is dealing with on a daily basis. These new friends, both kids and adults, help him better manage his new life with diabetes. Becca’s parents pay for the rest of the band to attend the all-inclusive outdoor adventure camp for rich kids across the lake from Eddie’s camp. Readers will be surprised at the “outdoor activities” Becca and the boys are involved in.

The week ends with Eddie and his new friends joining the rest of the band and their camp for an

Olympics competition between the two camps and a performance by the band. 

I think Slingshot Summer and the other titles in The Rubber Band series could find a place in the fiction section of a K-12 Christian school library. Older elementary and middle school-aged kids will enjoy this series.

I received a complimentary copy of Slingshot Summer. This is my honest review. 

About the Author – Christy Hoss

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.

More from Christy Hoss

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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Blossoms and Blessings, August 15 (Author Interview)

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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9 comments

  1. The Rubber-Band Slingshot Summer sounds like a fun and entertaining read for the kids, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Jane, for sharing your review! Have a fabulous day!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your review of The Rubber Band – Slingshot Summer, this sounds like a wonderful book and series to share with my grandchildren

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