Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

In this sequel to Geography Club, after starting a gay-lesbian-straight alliance at school, Russel’s put up with a semester of being “the gay kid.” When his best friend suggests spending the summer at camp counsellers, he’s thrilled at the thought of being somewhere else. Where to start… there’s the drop-dead gorgeous guy both he and bisexual Min have fallen for, and the fact that the first two weeks of camp are for burn survivors, who Russel’s surprised to find can be just as obnoxious as any other ten year old.

The metaphor gets a bit heavy at times (burn victim = being different, gay = being different, see we can relate!), but it’s fast-paced funny, and emotionally honest.

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