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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Cynthia DeFelice

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


In this boys-will-be-boys summer story about friendship and revenge, eleven-year-old Wyatt and his friend Augie aren't looking for a fight. They're having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods, fishing and hunting, cooking over a campfire, and sleeping out. But when two older boys mess with the fort—and with another kid who can't fight back—the friends are forced to launch Operation Doom, with unexpected results for all concerned, in this novel about two funny and very real young heroes.

Virginia Readers' Choice


"Aw, this is getting too easy," I said to Augie. "We need something that moves."

We were lying on our bellies shooting Augie's pellet gun at some tin cans we had lined up on a fallen log.

"Well, I guess we could...

Praise for Fort

“Classic summer adventure . . . DeFelice doesn't shy away from the gritty realities of outdoor life, and that's what sets the book apart . . . Readers will appreciate the reminder that fun like this is still possible.” —The New York Times Book Review

“What preteen . . . wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? DeFelice makes that dream come true . . . [and] leads to a glorious, feel-good climax in which all the right things work out and the bad guys get their richly deserved comeuppance . . . Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether . . . a bit of believable, achievable adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“DeFelice smoothly advances the plot to a satisfying climax and conclusion . . . for this adventuresome, good-hearted, but never goody-goody pair. Wyatt is a sympathetic narrator with a realistic blend of thoughtfulness and daring.” —Publishers Weekly

“Stuffed full of clever pranks and summertime nostalgia, this is a story of kindness and adventure . . . A boisterous and poignant coming-of-age tale.” —Booklist

“A boy-centered adventure with heart, appealing to a variety of readers.” —School Library Journal

“Thoroughly enjoyable.” —VOYA

Reviews from Goodreads

Cynthia DeFelice

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books, including The Ghost of Fossil Glen, Signal, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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