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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Limited (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439969158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439969154
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gordon Korman has written more than fifty middle-grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times #1 bestseller The 39 Clues: One False Note, The Juvie Three, Son of the Mob, Born to Rock, and Schooled. Though he didn't play football in high school, Gordon's been a lifelong fan and season ticket holder. He says, "I've always been fascinated by the 'culture of collision' in football and wanted to explore it-not just from the highlight films but from its darker side as well." Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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If you like to laugh, then give "I Want to Go Home" a try.
T. Perry
I read this book first as a kid, and at age 33, I still enjoy reading it once a year or more.
Kristin Fisher
I have never to this day laughed out loud so much when reading a book.
J. Grasso

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Jones on March 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book starts out strong and doesn't let up until the end. I can't imagine how anyone could read this book and not laugh all the way through it!
Camp Algonkian Island is every campers dream. Or so the counselors and the camp director, Mr. Warden, believe. None of them are prepared for Rudy Miller. Rudy doesn't want to be at camp; he's determined to go home and he'll do anything he has to do in order to escape 'Alcatraz' (his preferred nickname for the island) and the clones (what he calls the counselors). His counselor in Cabin 13, Chip, isn't quite sure what to do with the Rudy when he refuses to participate in all camp activites by saying he 'doesn't do them'. Chip's problems have only begun when Mike Webster joins Rudy as another camper who would prefer to be elsewhere and finds himself swept up into Rudy's somewhat dramatic, and hilarious, attempts at escape.
Between repeated escape attempts, seemingly endless punishment duty, and an ongoing feud with cabinmate Harold Green, the counselors manage to force Rudy into participation and find that not only can he DO all the things he refused to participate in, Rudy has the abilities of a natural born overachiever! He wins at every sport, game and contest that he competes in -- but he still wants to go home.
Hilarity ensues as Rudy and Mike build dams, take boats, and escape from events off the island in their attempts to get away from camp while various counselors try to bribe Rudy into playing on camp teams (thus assuring they'd win); meanwhile, Rudy is slowly driving Chip toward a nervous breakdown.
Rudy's blase attitude and dead pan humor are dead on and this book is a masterpiece. No matter your age this book will be truly enjoyable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
I first picked up "I want to go home!" when I was around 10. I loved it the first time just as I've loved it all the other 29 odd times I've read it. I wish I could say I was exaggerating but I'm not. Once I even picked up the book again and read it twice in the same afternoon! Rudy Miller is someone who could never really exist. Like Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. The power that these characters generate is so strong that you get to like them a lot. Or you wish they actually existed. The story of 'I want to go home' is about a boy who's good at everything without trying. In his inscription Gordon Korman says "There's fun, and then there's fun. This is dedicated to those who know the difference." The fun of the chase, the game. Rudy has to find trouble to make things fun because everything else comes so easily to him. The situations that he creates are what seperate this book from any other comic childrens book ever written. I don't care if you're 100 or 15, like myself, if you like humour you'll like this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By puff on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My brother encouraged me to check out Gordon Korman books when we were in elementary school. I have never laughed so hard( to this day!) over 'I want to go home". Korman's books are geared to the 10 to 14 crowd, but they are still appealing to adults. Even my grandma who roared over this book. If you like summer camp books, check this one out. I think many camp councelors as well as teachers who deal with trying teens,would benefit from this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I can't believe that so many of Gordon Korman's books are out of print! Has the world lost its mind??? We need Gordon Korman! To keep us happy...to keep us laughing...to keep us alive!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Turtleback
My cousin first introduced me to this book about 10 years ago, and I must say, I've been coming to her for good-reading suggestions ever since. When my brother was about nine, nobody could get him to come within ten feet of a book if it wasn't necessary for school. I finally came up with the idea of reading "I Want to Go Home!" to him. (I didn't dream of making him read it on his own.) Well, every night for the next couple of weeks, the sound of ringing laughter could be heard coming from his bedroom at night. After we were about halfway through, I was in for a surprise -- he had begun reading the book on his own! He's been almost an avid reader ever since, and he still loves to re-read this family classic. (P.S. This technique -- and this book -- worked for my youngest brother, as well.) And all three of us liked camp.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Grasso on January 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I still vividly remember laughing my head off when i read and re-read this book in my early teens. I have never to this day laughed out loud so much when reading a book. Gordon Korman was something of a child prodigy himself way back then being an extraordinarily young and successful writer, he was well in tune with teenage humour. I would recommend this to anyone but especially to teenage kids and for parents with teenage kids - point this one their way. The message is - it is ok to be an individual and want to be different, but dont forget to have fun too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryad "James" on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the stories I remember with stark clarity from my childhood. I loved it and still do. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age. There's more to this story than what's on the surface. I think it speaks strongly about being the person you want to be, despite what everyone else thinks. Rudy Miller is as individual as a character gets. The mere thought of him still cracks me up. If you don't buy it, find it and just read it. You'll see what I mean.
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