Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who’ve been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.
You can read goodread's summary above, but overall, I thought this was quite an imaginative albeit pre...more
I was hoping to love B...more
The super intelligence, unfortunately, appears to coincide with zombie-like obedience, followed by uncontrollable vomiting of feathers, convulsions, and sudden death. Apparently (view spoiler)[giant bir...more
This is a spooky, eerie, creepy, but fun little story that had the Twilight Zone theme music playing in my head at certain moments when sudden weird things were noticed. I had a great time reading this. Ms. Hicks' illustration is perfect for the theme, with her dark outlined characters, expressive...more
This is a weird little science fiction graphic novel for young teenagers. Aliens are trying to save their world by reproducing themselves on earth in the bodies of children.
Parents are encouraged to send their difficult kids to Camp Fielding where they are promised that their children will become geniuses and well behaved. Once there, the children are fed food which tranquilizes them and then they are inoculated with a serum that causes the alien to grow within their bodies...more
The novel opens with Camp Fielding, an orienteering activity in the woods, two teens arguing about who got there first. I can almost her...more
Interesting opening: by page 4 I thought two kids were dying as they were coughing up bird feathers.
Characters give hilarious descriptions of themselves as they are labeled in school as "bright" but an "underachiever" or a trouble maker, or hyper. I see this often in schools, and some kids you just question what you can do to motivate them, so they often get labeled as such.
Recommended for mature middle school ages & up: girl begins period; insinuated wet-dr...more
This is a tough one for me to review - there were things I loved and things I hated. Even now my star rating keeps changing as I write this.
-The artwork. Perfect!
-The storyline with a few big exceptions. Great idea, fun and creepy enough, yet not too real. It had enough of those, slap-you-upside-the-head from out-of-nowhere moments, and the "Is this necessary? Really?" thoughts to totally burst my bubble.
-The protagonists. Likeable and interesting enough, though I'd like to hav...more
Ooooh.... Skeeeeery things are happening at Camp Fielding... very scary things. Gruesome things.
Of course, when you're an underachieving kid with a bad rep, who's going to BELIEVE you when you say so?? And you can't solve ALL problems all by yourself...
I reallyn really enjoyed this book, and provided a youth isn't too bothered by semi-gruesome monster gore, or the concept of mindless zombie-type control over someone, this would be a great entry-level book for Horror, for the younger set- amusing...more
The artwork is very stylized, you could say cartoony. But the characters are v...more
Camp Fielding is wierd, with no real teachers, only elaborate problems and scenarios for campers to de...more
Two kids who are basically "failures" are selected to join a very exclusive summer camp. Summer camps are famous for being creepy, deadly, or just plain weird, but Camp Fielding has them all beat, hands down. Campers are changing, often overnight - average intelligence to hyper-smart, and it's up to Jenna and Lucas to solve the problem before they too succumb to the hidden evil.
On paper, this is a brilliant idea, but for some reason, it never gets off the ground - either the pa...more
Pretty pure sci-fi, definitely YA, creepy. Approachable illustration style (Faith Erin Hicks also illustrated The War at Ellsmere which I really liked. Didn't grab me particularly well, but enjoyable enough.
It's a short, paranoid teen graphic novel that taps into suspicions teens may have about parents and teachers desperately trying to get them to behave. The secret, it turns out, is more goofy than menacing but I liked to interaction be...more
I get that it is for seventh graders and up and I'm 44, but I was previewing it for my kids and I found it devoid of value. Initially, the outsider characters seemed promising, but the plot made no sense. The theme was one of "strict white-bread discipline camp is really a front for a generic EVIL" and something about aliens but the writers became to bored to see it through convincingly and by some sorrowful chain of events it got pu...more
Fun, hilarious, an...more