April 20, 2010
-- In Summer Sleep-Away, Mattie begins his summer far from home, separated from his family and not knowing a soul. At first he was scared, homesick and cried himself to sleep. Soon, however, the tears gave way to new friends and fantastic adventures. At summer’s end, Mattie returns home with newly-found confidence and a better understanding of his family’s unique background.
Mr. Aronskind drew inspiration for Summer Sleep Away from his own family background. The Aronskind’s operated summer camps in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts for over 15 years. The adventures and anecdotes in this book, although fictionalized, are his boyhood memories. He explains, “Anyone who has attended sleep-away camp remembers their first summer: discovering the great outdoors, making new friends, learning to appreciate mess-hall food – even the homesickness and bug bites. In Summer Sleep-Away, I’ve tried to re-create this magical time. It’s a great book for first-time campers, boys and girls returning to summer camp, and adults who want to bring back childhood memories.”
Summer Sleep-Away received “Honorable Mention” in the 2008 Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards (category Middle-Grade/
Young Adult). The book is published by iUniverse and is currently available through popular e-commerce sites including iUniverse, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and bookstore.com and Mr. Aronskind's website http://www.sleepawaysummercamp.com
In addition to Summer Sleep-Away, Mr. Aronskind has published two other novels, That Same Summer and Escape from Sunday School. His fourth novel, The Celebrities of Summer School, is scheduled to be published in Spring 2010.
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Ofer Aronskind was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and came to the United States at the age of six. He grew up in Little Neck Queens NYC. He attended SUNY Albany then took a year off after college where he spent the year in Los Angeles writing screenplays. The following year he came back to NY to attend St. John's University School of Law and graduated in 1989. He went to work at the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges as a real estate attorney and worked there until 1997. He now lives in Short Hills, NJ with his three sons and is a real estate investor.