Summer Sleep-Away


Summer Sleep-Away is a tale of a young boy’s first summer going off to sleep-away camp.

Far from home, separated from his family and not knowing a soul, Mattie Kleinfeld is scared, homesick and cries himself to sleep. But soon the tears give way to new friends and fantastic adventures. Mattie goes hiking and fishing.

He sails and swims and participates in team sports. But it is not the canoe trips or the overnights that set this summer apart; it is not even his first girlfriend. It is a clue that he and his pals stumble upon that leads them to the adventure of a lifetime, to a vast treasure and to a window that sheds light on Mattie’s unique background.

Mattie’s story will engage the imagination of every reader and capture the heart of any adult who was ever a kid.

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About Ofer Aronskind

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, on the outskirts of New York City. 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, New Jersey with his three sons and is a real estate investor.


  • This is a fantastic book about a young boy's exploration into adolescence. Ofer Aronskind does a phenomenal job of portraying the events in this book so that as a reader you feel as you are living the story along with the characters. The reader friendly format engages you in the story and has you yearning to find out what happens next. This story personally took me back to my youth and surfaced many feelings and emotions that I have not thought of or felt in a long time, including going away for the summer, the anxiety of making new friends, exploring new things, and ultimately discovering who I was. This page turner will reconnect you with a youth that so many adults have forgotten, and that makes up such an important part of who we are. As an avid reader I haven't felt embraced by such a book in a long time. This is a book that should be mandatory reading as part of any school book program or for any kids about to venture off to camp. Kids and adults both will love this coming-of-age story and will certainly have trouble putting it down. I can't wait to read the next one!!

    Chris Cella
  • This book unquely captures the experince of being a kid at camp. It is both touching and funny and can be read at an adult or childs level with equal enjoyment. This should be required reading for any child who is going away for the summer!

    Happy Customer
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