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Clay Chapman Books In Order

Publication Order of Tribe Books

Homeroom Headhunters (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Camp Cannibal (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Academic Assassins (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Miss Corpus (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Remaking (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Rest Area (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing Untoward (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Commencement (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lazaretto (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Clay McLeod Chapman is a children’s books American author best known as the creator of the Pumpkin Pie Show. Chapman also has several films to his name including Disney’s Academic Assassins and Sundance’s Late Bloomer. Other publications include the Rest Area, The Tribe trilogy Homeroom Headhunters, and Miss Corpus. Chapman has also made a name for himself in the comics, including The Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man and there is no doubt that he is one talented writer.

Homeroom Headhunters

Homeroom Headhunters is the first book in The Tribe series. We meet Spencer Pendleton, a young man in middle school about to be initiated into a group of students known as the Tribe. The group comprises of runaway students who wield weapons made using basic school supplies, live off the cafeteria food, and secretly run the school.

The Tribe is keen to get Spencer in their team and transform him into a popular kid in school. The only thing that Spencer will have to do to become a member is to pass the initiation rituals. He will also have to leave his mother as the group expects him to carry out their gang activities at night and live in the school.

Homeroom Headhunters illustrates how Spencer gets in trouble and acts out, just like most boys his age. It is easy to see that Spencer is struggling, and the changes he is experiencing have quite an impact on the way he thinks and behaves. Despite his mischief, it is hard not to fall in love with the boy. The book covers the different members of the Tribe and also offers a brief on the events that led to their current circumstances. These kids forsake the society that shuns them, but in doing so, they turn into the very people they hate.

The Tribe comes with the intrigue that a young mind will find fascinating. Most kids fantasize about being able to carry on mischief without any consequences. Even though the Tribe is able to organize all the mischief without getting caught is unbelievable for adults, this is the type of writing that will excite the average eighth-grader. As things turn from hilarious to dangerous, it’s easy for the young readers to see that their fantasies will not do them any good, and they are better off staying on the right side of the law. The consequences of breaking the law are mostly dire.

This is a hilarious book that will have you laughing at some of the mischiefs these boys get into. Aside from being a fun and entertaining read, the Homeroom Headhunters comes with a lot of teachable moments. The overall theme is against bullying, and the author is able to deliver a serious anti-bullying message but in a very lighthearted way. It helps that the writing is simple enough for the young minds to realize that the Tribe’s reality is off-centered.

The Homeroom Headhunters is also for adults who want to get in touch with their inner child or get a deeper understanding of their children’s feelings. It is also an exciting read for school-aged children that will not just entertain but also offer a few life lessons.

Camp Cannibal

Camp Cannibal is the second book in The Tribe series by Clay Chapman. The book is centered on the continuing saga of Spencer and the Tribe. Spencer has just been expelled after giving the student body at his school acute food poisoning. Spencer’s mum sends him to live with his father, where he is to start in a new school and adapt to a different life. From the story, it is clear that Spencer is having a hard time settling into a new life. He feels like he has lost Sully, the girl of his dream, and his there yet absent father does not make things any better.

In an effort to reunite with Sully and track the Tribe, Spencer finds himself in Camp New Leaf. Here, he will discover that just like him, the Tribe has not put the past to rest. This isolated camp for troubled boys sounds like the perfect place for the Tribe to recruit new members and carry out their mischief. Spencer is determined to thwart the Tribe’s plan if only can save other boys from the dangers associated with the Tribe. While Spencer knows just how far the Tribe can go to expand their roots, he is determined to stop them, whatever the cost.

Camp Cannibal book feels like a mash-up of classic survival tales in middle school. There is a notorious group that seems to get away with everything and the unfortunate student who takes the fall while others escape scot-free. Despite all the forces against him, it is refreshing to find that Spencer can weather the storm, albeit with severe consequences. It is admirable that this young man chooses to go against the grain while it would be so easy to go with the flow and become one of the naughty boys.

Additionally, Camp Cannibal lets you experience Spencer’s struggles as he works to fight his own internal battles as well as take on the Tribe. You also get to understand the bullies and the misguided thinking behind their actions. The happenings are often hilarious, but there is a dark side to the book that only enhances the suspense in it.

Enjoy all the silly moments and the lessons contained in this book. And the best part is that the book is short, which makes it a one-sitting reading for the average middle-schooler. It’s fast-paced and consistent, and the story is beautifully written and well-thought-out to keep the reader hooked from the first page to the last. It is easy to fall in love with the cast and hope that the main character, Spencer, is able to complete his mission. There is a cliff-hanger that will make you look forward to reading the next book in this series. Definitely a good read for school-going children, their parents, and the young at heart.

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