Summary: The joke's on them! Harry and his brother, Alex, are dying to fit in at Camp Spirit Moon. But the camp has so many weird traditions. Like the goofy camp salute. The odd camp greeting. And the way the old campers love to play jokes on the new campers. Then the jokes start to get really serious. Really creepy. Really scary. First a girl sticks her arm in the campfire. Then a boy jams a pole through his foot. Still, they're just jokes . . . right?(Goodreads)
Harry and Alex Altman are going to summer camp. They are sometimes called the Altman twins because of their incredible likeness in the way that they appear. They both have straight black hair and dark brown eyes. They are also the same height even though Harry is one year older than Alex. The books narrator is Harry by the way. Harry is the athletic one while Alex is a singer.
Now they are on their way to Camp Spirit Moon. They are the only ones on the bus. It's unfortunate that they are the only ones on the bus because Alex could use the distraction. He's bus sick which is a phrase I've never heard before. I've only heard of car sick which he gets even when his mom backs out of the driveway. If I were him I'd just walk to school. So back to topic. They are left off in the middle of the woods. They walk a couple of minutes and see the camp. They start walking towards camp when they notice something odd. Where are all the campers? They start to panic but soon a counselor comes and tells them that it's a camp tradition to hide from the new campers. Of course they didn't find it funny.
They meet Uncle Marv who proceeds to tell them about the tradition, where to do, and the salute the campers have. He's described as resembling a grizzly bear. He has a booming voice which comes in handy later. Which I will talk about (yep you guessed it) later on in the review. They go to their cabin first which is where they discover something that is another one of the strange things at the camp which is blue puddles that are ice cold. Then they head to the campfire where he meets Lucy and Alex meets Elvis. They sort of become friends with them. Lucy does a strange thing. She puts her hand in the fire and she doesn't get burned! A lot of these things happen during the book to a point where they think they are going crazy. Joey, another camper, makes a joke out of it. Teasing them and so do the other campers when they freak out.
Two things that happen in the campfire are very important in the story. Lucy asks frantically Harry to help her but before he could respond he has to go back with the group. The other thing is the telling of two ghost stories by Uncle Marv. Here comes his handy booming voice. Everyone instantly get serious as he tells them these two stories but Harry feels that they are a joke. The thing about these stories are that they are real!
The story was pretty good. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad either. Harry kept on yelling the whole which was kind of irritating but it wasn't a big deal. All of his books are pretty short so you can't really get into everything that well. I mean if it was more in depth it would be better. But, that's how his books are. There short and appealing little books. I don't see myself getting scared by them. If they are good they get an Oh! response out of me. They can be interesting but I haven't read a scary one yet. There was only one that scared me and it was on the Goosebumps show. The Haunted Mask. That was pretty spooky. The twist is so much better in this book than the last one. All in all it was a good read.