The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

by R.L. Stine

Unable to fit in with the other kids at summer sports camp, Wendy, a non-athletic type, cannot understand what all the hype is over a little game of softball, but she is about to learn the origins of everyone's obsessive competitive streak.

  • Series: Goosebumps
  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 3.54
  • Pages: 128
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2003 by Scholastic
  • Isbn10: 043956834X
  • Isbn13: 9780439568340

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The trailer gets separated from the car and the kids roll downhill only to open the door and find themselves in the middle of a sports camp called King Jellyjam's. o.O The camp is loaded with kids and huge sports complexes. Every time you win at a sport, you are awarded with a gold coin with the image of a purple blob - King Jellyjam - stamped into it. Wendy and Elliot - seemingly unperturbed that they are separated from their likely frantic parents - start entering swim races and ping-pong tournaments. After a few competitions, Wendy finally remembers she has a set of parents and gets the bright idea to call home. Wendy, who is not as athletically-inclined as her brother, has noticed some strange(r) things about camp. Okay, here is what's going on: (view spoiler)A giant purple blob with a gold crown on its head is living underground. The children who have won six competitions - the "Winners" - have the dubious honor of scrubbing the purple blob, who stinks really, really badly. It hates its own stench, apparently, and forces the "strongest kids" who have proven themselves by winning at sports (!?!?!!?) to scrub him day and night. The counselors are hypnotized (?) to worship the giant purple thing. Who is funding the amazing sports arenas at the camp and the tons of food consumed by the children and counselors?

So when they go to Camp Jellyjam, the sports camp, Wendy feels it's kind of a downer.

Goosebumps was so popular when I was a kid, I would get invovled in fights in the library over who got to check the unread one out and who reserves it first.

Completely incredible.YOU HAVE TO READ THIS FREAKING BOOK!I don't care what you ave to READ this!!

Though twelve-year-old Wendy and her eleven-year-old brother Elliot aren't hot on the idea of galavanting across the country with their parents all summer vacation, an accidentally detached trailer section of the family vehicle sends them barreling off into a summer camp experience they'll never forget. Buddy, the first camp counselor they meet, welcomes Wendy and her brother to Camp Jellyjam, promising to telephone their parents while the two kids have fun at the camp until their mother and father come get them. The kids of Camp Jellyjam are fanatically committed to winning every camp game they play, but Wendy makes fast friends with the other girls in her cabin anyway, and hyper-competitive Elliot fits in immediately with the boys. There's a dark secret hidden in its bowels, an evil force that threatens to trap Wendy, Elliot, and hundreds of other kids at Camp Jellyjam permanently.

Here you have wo kids who get detached from their parents (literally)The end up at a fun little sports camp. I would not recommend it for children even though it is a childrens book, because of the grossness near the end and because they probably would never want to go to a sports camp, but I like the idea, i think it would be a really fun thing to do..

I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights.

Kids in the back of a car bored, parents driving them somewhere. Wendy and Elliot are 12 and 11, and their parents are driving them around the country in their car and sleeping in an "old fashioned" camper trailer, you know as opposed to those new fangled ones I guess. Sure enough, the trailer comes unhitched and the kids go crashing through the woods and wind up being rescued by a creepy guy named Buddy. Apparently Buddy is a counsellor at Camp Jellyjam, a nearby sports camp for kids. Wendy spots a young red haired girl (finally) who warns them to leave the camp. Apparently you have to play sports, and if you don't try hard you'll be in big trouble. Wendy's roommate Dierdre wins her 6th coin and gets to be in the Winner's Walk. Wendy is starting to think this weird free sports camp isn't all it's cracked up to be, and tries to call home. Finally, Wendy decides to investigate these evil shenanigans, and follows a bunch of the counsellors into the woods one night. Wendy escapes and tries to stop her brother from winning his final coin, and thus becoming a slave (is it me or does RL Stine really has a hang up on child slavery?). Except, weeks later Buddy appears on Wendy's doorstep to give Elliot his 6th golden coin.

Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.