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From the bestselling author of RESTART, the story of a middle-school "band of brothers"—five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter and discover that the only way to be true friends is to reveal their secrets and help each other out. 

The morning after Hurricane Leo rips through the town of Canaan, residents awaken to widespread destruction—power outages, downed branches, uprooted trees, broken windows and damaged roofs. Four eighth-grade friends—Evan, Jason, Mitchell, and CJ—meet to explore the devastation. The tight-knit group is dismayed to find that Evan has brought along a stray—Ricky, who is new to their town and school, and doesn’t have any friends yet. 

Ricky is the one to find the strange trap door that’s appeared in the middle of the woods—the door to an old bomb shelter, unearthed by the hurricane. Inside, the boys find a completely intact underground lair, complete with electricity, food, and entertainment (in the form of videocassettes). The boys vow to keep the place’s existence to themselves. 

Things soon get tense. Some bad locals keep snooping around. And what started out as a fun place to escape soon becomes a serious refuge for one of the kids who is trying to avoid an abusive home situation. In order to save the shelter, the friends must keep its secret... and in order to save themselves, they’re going to have to share their individual secrets, and build the safest place they can.

©2022 Gordon Korman (P)2022 Recorded Books

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  • 03-08-22

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I like every one and every thing
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  • Beth Schmelzer
  • 10-07-22

#100 is the Best of Korman

I love MG mysteries with families and I couldn't wait to read THE FORT. I guessed it was an adventure. As usual Gordon Korman's characters and plot surprised me with its unpredictably. He is adept at multiple POV voices. All the characters are relatable and they develop slowly as conflicts build in this imaginative, contemporary story of 5 boys who find a secret hideaway in the woods near their homes. Each boy (+ 1 girlfriend) has issues with family that readers of all ages can understand and grow to like.

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  • 05-07-22

A bit deep for a kid's book, but enjoyed it.

I enjoyed listening to this as usual. I might skip having my younger kids listen in the car as this one covers spousal and child abuse plus a stabbing with blood. The crew in this story comes from a variety of situations who are dealing with divorce, bullying, OCD, and much more, which makes for a fun adventure. I would recommend this for kids a bit older.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-22

A summer must

This book was amazing from start to finish the va's outdid themselves great writing!