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Rudy Miller is so unhappy spending the summer at Camp Algonkian Island that he devises dozens of tricks to get himself sent home....

Title : I Want to Go Home
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ISBN : 9780439969154
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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I Want to Go Home Reviews

  • Jamie
    2019-01-17 09:53

    This book was, for many, many years, my favourite book of all time. My earliest memory of it was of getting in major trouble for laughing out loud while reading it under my desk in 5th grade, but that copy was already tattered.Even though the book is out of print, I suggest that you track it down. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.

  • Heather
    2018-12-28 12:15

    I no longer recognize teen angst. It is so full of werewolves, it bears no resemblance to either being a teen or feeling angst. And so I reread I Want to Go Home because it's about the kind of things that caused ME angst -- namely, summer camp.Sometimes I think the secret of YA fiction is to read "boy books." If this had been written for girls, it would be about how summer camp is so awful because Girl A has to be away from her boyfriend and Girl B wants this other boy to like her who's also at camp and Girl C is trying to lose 10 pounds and Girl D is mean until her terrible secret comes out and we learn she's really anorexic. And then it would wrap up with a romance, and special lessons about growing up, self acceptance, and eating disorders.But since it was written for boys, it's about how summer camp is awful because people are ridiculous; and the smarter you are, the more ridiculous they seem; and it's funny and weird. Which book would you rather read?

  • Kazuo
    2018-12-27 10:06

    This book was... awesome. That is the only way I can describe the hilarious hijinks that lay within without spoiling the entire book.[Spoiler]One example of hilarious is something that Rudy writes on a sheet of paper and then tapes to Harold Greene's pillow: Betwixt these sheets sleepeth ye biggest twit in Ontario.

  • Ruby Hollyberry
    2019-01-07 11:01

    Gordon Korman's best books, of which this is one, are spit-your-coffee-at-the-cat hilarious. Almost every sentence in the book is funnier than the last. The general themes of this one, I would say, are the effective limits to the usefulness of stubbornness as a policy, and the awkwardness of possessing an unwieldy amount of genius. But don't listen to that, just go read it. Recommended to adults who want a chuckle as well as children.

  • Wayne
    2019-01-15 13:06

    One of my all time favorite books. Still makes me laugh out loud. Rudy Miller is a gifted natural athlete, but hates sports. He is also cynical, sarcastic, and apathetic. So his parents, on the advice of his school guidance counselor send him to camp for the summer. Rudy butts heads immediately with the overly enthusiastic camp counselors and hilarity ensues. Along with his equally unhappy friend Mike Webster, he decides to escape from the camp. Gordon Korman at his best.

  • Christine
    2018-12-24 12:01

    This was my absolute favorite book when I was eleven years old in Ontario, and I was brokenhearted when my paperback copy actually became too disgusting to read (stains, torn pages, mildew from reading it in the shower). I know it was reissued in recent years but I hated the new, "modern" cover. Gimme the original artwork! So imagine my surprise and total delight when, seventeen years after I first enjoyed it, I discovered a very good copy of my original version in a used book store in Yangpu district, Shanghai, China for RMB 8.00 ($1.30), worlds away from my Canadian childhood. I WANT TO GO HOME is exactly as I remember, full of fun and shenanigans from young antisocial curmudgeon Rudy Miller and his sidekick Mike. I adored Rudy as a kid because I identified with his antisocial tendencies -- he preferred his own space and doing his own thing, and hated the forced camaraderie of summer camp and the constant perkiness of the camp counsellors, especially Chip (oh, poor Chip). But Rudy is no "loser" -- when forced to take part in things, he EXCELS and blows everyone away. What shy kid doesn't have such fantasies? Rudy is determined to escape from summer camp hell, and his attempts to do so are laugh out loud funny. You're rooting for this boy the whole time -- so it comes as a complete surprise what he choose to do in the end.I wish this book were still in print for a new generation for readers. I personally think it stands the test of time, as do most of the 72 reviewers on Amazon (and I'm amazed how much a good used copy of the book costs there!).

  • Anushka
    2019-01-15 10:14

    Picked up a second hand copy of the book at a pet fair... fairly inconscpicuous. Until you start reading that is.Definitely near the top of my 'all time favourite', a must read and an immediate mood lifter. Comedy and hilarity at its best!!!!*(One of) My Favourite Quote(s)*Rudy: Thar she blowsMike: Thar what blows? *sits up* Rudy! There nothing blows! There's no wind! We have no wind!!!Also noted for the generous use of the insults 'Nut' and 'Twit'. Read the book and didn't like it? Work Detail! For having no sense of humour. :P

  • Ashley Capes
    2019-01-18 09:53

    As a boy, this book made me laugh every single time I read it. That's easily one of the best things I can think of getting from a story, and because it gave me hours and hours of happiness, there's no way I can rate it lower than five stars.In I Want to Go Home! Rudy Miller is a gifted but easily bored and mischievous kid who has been sent to an island athletic camp where he proceeds to drive the entire staff mad with both his apathy and his cheeky escape attempts. Part of what makes it so amusing is counselor Chip's reactions and Rudy's quips, but situation-wise it's funny too. Even as an Australian kid with no real experience of such a camp set up, I was totally on board with Korman's book because I could relate to the characters so easily.Now, I haven't read in a couple of years and then, as an adult, it was still funny. I probably didn't laugh out loud as much as I used to, but it still had the goods. Worth hunting for.

  • ALEX!!!! Hulbert
    2018-12-27 08:19

    This book is all about a kid named Rudy Miller and how he wants to go home. Rudy is a very intelligent kid, but his is lazy most of the time. His parents sent him to a summer camp on Algonkian Island for part of the summer. He pulls various thought out tricks to try and get him sent home. He went as far as trying to steal a boat and drive away at night while everyone is sleeping. On all of tricks he pulled and got caught for doing his punishment was working in the cafeteria. This book is very funny. It is very realistic with the description and events that take place. One of the best events that take place is when Rudy sets up a huge pillow fight in one of the cabins. I would recommend this book to anyone boys or girls that like humorous books. This honestly book just keeps you wanting to read it. Overall read this book!

  • Lana.
    2019-01-05 10:51

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a boy in possession of a summer vacation, must want to camp... at least that's the philosophy of Camp Algonkian. Wait until they meet Rudy Miller, who doesn't do camp or much anything else... except attempts to escape. Hiliariously funny read as a child and still pretty amusing re-read as an adult. Though some aspects might be rather quaint and dated (1981 with no cell phones! No swearing!), the light-hearted comic wackiness of Korman's world (unbelievable as it is) still stands well. Should still be good to read with or to, albeit a slightly younger age group than probably originally intended.

  • Rebecca Rosenblum
    2019-01-20 11:18

    I bought this for a young friend on the basis of many happy readings as a kid--but then I panicked, thinking maybe this kid's parent wouldn't approve of the book. So I reread the gift copy (bad!) and still loved it as I ever did, but I do worry that a parent might think the book is a bad influence. The kids break the rules ALL THE TIME, although the point is made that they are very honest and only catch the authority figures out in their own foolishness. It's actually very gentle comedy and everyone's heart is in the right place, but still not a model of good behaviour. I'll still give it to the young lady and see what she thinks...hopefully it'll be ok.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-26 08:51

    Hysterical, barring any natural disasters.

  • Myles S
    2019-01-16 09:19

    Still as funny and enjoyable as when I read it as a kid. Great read.

    2018-12-24 06:14

    There was this boy named Rudy Miller and his high school guidance teacher wrote a letter to Rudy’s parents to tell them that he should go to camp at Algonkian Island. Rudy went to camp. At first he didn’t like it. He just wanted to be left alone, sleep, and play chess. When Rudy got to camp he chose not to play any sports, and he met a new friend named Mike Webster. They both tried to leave the camp many times but failed to do so. Rudy was a modest and a skilled person at the same time, but he didn’t want to perform any activities. Rudy and Mike both tried to ruin camp and get into trouble so they would have to go back home, but that didn’t work, so they tried get off the island by taking a boat off the island. When they got into trouble they had to do work detail. They both like being on work detail because they did not want to be with the campers. Rudy and Mike got some peace and alone time when they got work detail. Rudy Miller did not want to do anything at camp in the beginning, but when he did he was very good at the games when he played like it was like baseball, soccer, kickball, swimming, he was the fastest swimmer. This book was a funny book, and I would recommend it to any boys or girls ages 10-17 who want to read a funny book.

  • Phil Jensen
    2018-12-22 08:03

    Gordon Korman published this, his fifth or sixth novel, at the age of eighteen. Most 18 year olds are out writing manifestoes against the wickedness of the generation before them or nihilistic rants about their own future. Korman was way cooler than that. He penned a fluffy Wodehousian comedy pointing well-intentioned mockery at the institution of summer camps.There is a brief call-out to The Fall of the House of Usher and a lot of parallels to Bartleby the Scrivener, but truly this is just a wacky story about kids who hate being stuck in a cabin with fake-cheerful counselors who force them into mandatory fun. If you were ever forced to "enjoy" a volleyball game when you would've rather been on your couch at home, then this book is for you.

  • Joel Tone
    2019-01-19 04:58

    I read I Want to Go Home! to my kids. The whole family was laughing their heads off throughout the book. I Want to Go Home! is the story of Rudy Miller’s attempts to escape from Camp Algonkian where he’s been sent for a summer of fun.One of the things that really strikes me as a grown-up re-reading Gordon Korman’s books is that there are no villains in his stories. This isn’t a hippie elf peace circle thing, it’s that the antagonists have conflicting, but valid, viewpoints. In this case, Rudy wants to go home because he really doesn’t want to be at camp and his counselors want to keep him there because they are responsible for his well-being and can’t just let him run away.This book was not the best choice for bedtime reading as Chip the counselor does yell a lot, which keeps kids from drifting off to sleep (unless you know how to yell quietly). Nevertheless it was a ton of fun to laugh together as a family at Rudy’s dry commentary on camp life.

  • Jordan Halsey
    2018-12-22 07:19

    I received this book from some kind of children's book club that I don't remember ever joining, but I'm definitely glad that it happened. This was my favorite book for the longest time. I read it so many times that the cover fell off. In essence it's the story of Rudy Miller and Mike Webster who are spending a summer at Camp Algonkian Island... but would rather not. The main plot of the book involves their various efforts to escape, efforts complicated by the fact that the camp IS on an island. This book had a huge impact on me as for a long time I (somewhat) unconsciously modeled myself on Rudy. I definitely wanted to be that kid. Like all of Korman's work, it is tremendously funny, and a few shades deeper than most books for kids. Highly recommended.

  • Tayyaba (Tubz)
    2018-12-28 12:05

    This book is literally a part of my childhood. It was read to me by my grade 5 teacher, and ever since i've loved this book and recommend it to everyone. I remember every part because i've read it over a billion times and it never fails to amuse me even though i'm 17 right now. But age is merely a number when it comes to this book I'm so glad I have my own copy and Gordon Korman is by far one of my favourite authors.

  • Meg
    2019-01-20 09:10

    This was my absolute favourite book as a kid. Sadly my non-reader of a mother tossed out my childhood book collection including my Korman books. Imagine my delight when I found a second hand copy of the second edition on Amazon recently! And it is still hilarious! A great book which I can't wait to pass onto my nieces and nephews when they get a little older.

  • Alexis
    2019-01-07 04:58

    I loved this book when I was a kid. I thought it was hilarious. Hadn't read it in years and picked up my old copy. It's still funny and quite clever. Korman does overuse adverbs , and it was something I noticed a lot on this re-read.

  • Amy Rose
    2019-01-20 12:51

    One of my favourite books as a child. I think I've read it over twenty times. I still have my copy and I pull it out every once in a while because it still catches my imagination. After all these years, I still hope they make a movie some day.

  • Christine (KizzieReads)
    2019-01-09 09:55

    That was funny. I love Canadian slapstick humour, especially when done correctly. This was done correctly. My son and I were laughing g throughout. Very well written and the characters had very colourful personalities.

  • Ameena
    2019-01-20 08:54

    OMIGAWD EVERYONE WHO SEES THIS REVIEW MUST READ I promise you'll love it we all DIED laughing funniest book EVER!!!!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-01 11:58

    this is one of my favorite childhood books, and every so often when i need a good laugh i pull it out. okay so it is meant for an adolescent audience, but is is still great.

  • Jenny
    2018-12-24 12:55

    This one always makes me laugh so hard!

  • Aisha
    2018-12-21 10:19

    This book made me laugh sooo hard I actually fell off my bed a few times!

  • Joseph Venegas
    2019-01-07 10:55

    Classic. Anyone'll tell you that. It's characters are familiar, recycled, you might even say- the monomyth- of Korman's early works. You've got the loose cannon, the instigator, the BRUNO, if you will, ready to make a splash- the bigger the better. And then you've got the mellow man, your BOOTS, comfortable in his place, but loyal enough a friend to wind up doing something just short of outrageous. Whether they've just met, or have been a dynamic duo of many long years, the two never cease to entertain. They're like Sherlock and Watson, in a way. Here you have a fresh introduction- it's summer camp, and gosh its the pits. Well, not really, but that's how Rudy Miller sees it. He hates it here. He quits. He wants to go home. And he's willing to take the whole place down to get there. Once our two troublemakers team up, its only a matter time til things get... muddy.Good book. Classic Korman classic. Read it.

  • Kristopher Wright
    2018-12-21 13:02

    I made a video review for this book.

  • Seth Friesen
    2018-12-24 06:20

    This book is by far my favorite book of all time. I love reading this book just for a quick laugh. They really need to turn this book into a movie, but I don't think they could match Gordon's level of creativity.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-01-03 11:13

    Rudy Miller’s parents send him to Camp Algonkian Island for two months on the advice of his guidance counselor, and Rudy intends to hate every moment of it. He and his sidekick, Mike Webster, spend most of their free time playing chess, planning their next escape attempt, and irritating the heck out of their counselors (who fight back by giving them work detail). Rudy’s parents offer to take him home after Visiting Day, when they discover just how miserable (and how much trouble) Rudy has been. And that’s when Rudy realizes that there’s nothing half as exciting waiting for him at home. He chooses to stay – but that doesn’t mean the end of the shenanigans! I loved this book when I was a kid. My friend’s mom was a 4th grade teacher and she had a classroom collection in their basement, to which she gave us unlimited access. We read and re-read this book and for years referred to it as “The Rudy Book,” not remembering the title. When I finally tracked it down, I learned it was out of print, and had to find a used copy so I could have my very own “Rudy Book.” It holds up well, even after all of this time (and despite my no longer being in 4th grade). Rudy’s humor is so understated – he’s all sarcastic comments (which get Mike in trouble whenever he laughs at them) – and he’s always in total control (no one gets under his skin). He’s also brilliant, suave, and naturally athletic – but he doesn’t take himself (or his talents) too seriously. He’s possibly one of my favorite characters ever, and this is my favorite camp book (it’s my measuring stick for every other book I’ve read about summer camp). I’m pleased to report that Rudy’s escapades as camp director and escape artist still make me smile.