Riley feels like the smallest kid at sports camp. In fact, he is. He just turned eleven in April, but most kids here are twelve, and a few are even thirteen and gigantic. It s hard enough for a shrimp like Riley to fit in. He just doesn t want to be the weak link as his bunk competes for the Camp Olympia Trophy. Riley knows he s no good at strength and accuracy games like basketball and softball. But when it comes to speed and endurance events, like running and swimming, he s better than he looks. He s pretty sure he can place in the top ten and bring in major trophy points in the final mile-long swim race across Lake Surprise. But he doesn t count on being followed by the shadow of Big Joe, the giant vicious snapping turtle of camp lore. Wasn t that supposed to be a legend?"
Rich Wallace is the author of "Perpetual Check; One Good Punch, "an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults; and "Wrestling Sturbridge, "an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.