Alison DeCamp

Publisher: Crown/Random House | Release date: 2/24/2015 | ISBN: 978-0385390446
Genre: Middle Grade Humor

About the Book

It is 1895. Stan is on a mission to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan. And he’s embellishing all of it in his stupendous scrapbook.

There are many things that 11-year-old Stanley Slater would like to have in life, most of all, a father. But what if Stan’s missing dad isn’t “dearly departed” after all? Who better to find this absent hero/cowboy/outlaw than manly Stan himself? Unfortunately, Stan’s fending off his impossible cousin Geri, evil Granny, and Mama’s suitors like Cold-Blooded Killer Stinky Pete. If only he could join the River Drive, the most perilous adventure of all, where even a fellow’s peavey is at risk.

It’s a wild ride for Stan as he finds out about true manliness. But at least Stan has his scrapbook, full of 200 black-and-white 19th-century advertisements and photos, “augmented” with his commentary and doodles.

Stan’s tale will leave readers in stitches, but not the kind that require medical attention.


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About the Author

Alison DeCamp grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where people say “Yah, eh?” and “Youse guys” and dress in many layers for seven months of the year.

It’s very possible she might have worn the same sweater every day in fifth grade.

After graduating from Michigan State University, Alison taught middle and high school English for eight years before staying home with two babies (who are now teenagers). During this time she actually mailed book proposals to publishers (who rejected them, and rightfully so) before turning her focus to making glass beads and jewelry. She can now occasionally be found “working” at Between the Covers bookstore in Harbor Springs when she’s not writing or grocery shopping.

If you’re interested in school, library, or bookstore visits, Alison is located in Michigan.

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