My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (Hardcover)

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I've never laughed so much as I did while reading this book--it's Diary of  Wimpy Kid set in an 1800s lumber camp in rural Michigan, and perfect for young, reluctant readers (but also with a lot of jokes for their parents). Join Stan as he learns about true manliness, searches for the father he never knew, avoids the antics of his cousin Scary Geri, tries to fend off the suitors sniffing around his eligible mama, and avoids the wrath of his Granny (who is 99% evil). If this is not the funniest book you read I'll year, I'll buy you breakfast.




For history lovers and journal fans comes a "hilarious and heartbreaking . . . 99-100% fantastic" (A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal) story about a boy on a mission to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan.

There are many things that 11-year-old Stanley Slater would like to have in life--most of all, a father. But what if Stan's missing dad isn't "dearly departed" after all?

Armed with his stupendous scrapbook, full of black-and-white 19th-century advertisements and photos, Stan's attempt to locate his long-lost hero/cowboy/outlaw dad is a near-death adventure fraught with pesky relatives, killer lumberjacks, and poisonous pies His tale will leave readers in stitches, but not the kind that require medical attention.

Praise for My Near-Death Adventures (99% True )
"A knee-slapper of a debut featuring a narrator who is rather less than 99 percent reliable but 100 percent engaging." --Kirkus Reviews

" An] exuberant first novel." --Publishers Weekly

"Stan's story is full of his hilarious misunderstandings and overactive imagination. Interspersed throughout are pictures and news clippings embellished with wisecrack remarks, speech bubbles, and the occasional mustache." --Booklist.

About the Author

Like Stan, Alison DeCamp grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her family history consists of stories of life in lumber camps and old scrapbooks. A graduate of Michigan State University, Alison is a former middle and high school language arts teacher. She now works at Between the Covers, a bookstore in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and spends the rest of her time with her husband and teenage children. You can find her online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385390446
ISBN-10: 0385390440
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English