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Nerd Camp

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  785 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews

Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleepaway camp, writing poetry and perfecting logic proofs. SCGE has been a summer home of some legendary middle-school smarty-pants (and future Jeopardy! contestants), but it also has a reputation for being, well, a nerd camp. Gabe isn’t a nerd. I

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published April 12th 2011)
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Kathleen Houlihan
Aug 11, 2011 Kathleen Houlihan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thanks to my buddy, Ann, who suggested this awesome book to me!

This is the story of ten-year-old Gabe. He's super smart -- so smart that he was just accepted to a special summer camp for smart kids -- and he's such an infectiously thoughtful and enthusiastic character, that you can't help but love him from page one.

When Gabe finds out his dad is getting remarried, and he'll have a stepbrother, he's overjoyed and plans out everything he wants to share with his new bro on their first meeting. Whe
Beth G.
Jun 10, 2015 Beth G. rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by: Cybils Nomination
Problem: Am I a nerd who only has nerdy adventures?
Hypothesis: No.

Ten-year-old Gabe is finally getting what he always wanted: a brother. His soon-to-be-stepmother has a son, Zack, who is his age. Gabe is sure that he and Zack will be best friends, but their first meeting is less than promising. Gabe quickly realizes that all the things he likes - math team, reading, museums and libraries - Zack sees as "nerdy". The only thing about Gabe that seems to impress Zack is that Gabe is about to go to s
Jonathan H.
May 09, 2011 Jonathan H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, fiction
Nerd Camp is based on the Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth, but anyone who has been to an academics-based summer camp will recognize the setting. Gabe is a 10-year-old nerd who is really excited about going to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment for the first time, where he'll get to take classes in poetry and logical reasoning along with traditional summer camp activities like kayaking and swimming. But then he meets his soon-to-be stepbrother, Zack, a kid who is ultracool and makes ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
Gabe is excited to go to a summer camp for smart kids, but then he meets his new stepbrother Zack. Zack thinks sleepaway camp is so cool - but makes fun of some kids he knows who are going to "nerd camp." Gabe decides to write letters to Zack telling him only the cool things that happen at camp. And he also decides to make a logic proof to show that he is not a nerd by listing the fun, cool activities he does and the nerdy activities. As the summer goes on, Gabe has a great time at camp, and beg ...more
Jun 05, 2012 LauraW rated it really liked it
I would actually give this 3 1/2 stars, if that were allowed, but I am rounding up, due to this being about nerds. The book is a fairly standard tween type book, with one kid wondering if his nerdiness will keep his new stepbrother from liking him, but at the same time really enjoying his nerdy summer camp. The nerdiness questions get a little old after a while, but I think they have to be there.

As an interesting aside: this is one of the few American books I have read, where relationships to f
Susan Dove Lempke
May 03, 2011 Susan Dove Lempke rated it liked it
I put off reading this one till past review deadline time, but turned out to enjoy it quite a lot. The author really knows what makes gifted kids tick, and so it was filled with lots of funny little details, along with a believable main character and a plot that moves along quickly. I wish I didn't think kids will only read it if they consider themselves nerds because it has something to say to the non-nerds out there too. It even has a nice little jab at kids who go to the library that would ma ...more
Jake L
Nov 24, 2014 Jake L rated it really liked it

This is a great book about a kid who gets into a "nerd" camp, but gets a stepbrother who is a complete opposite. The main character, Gabe, then tries to figure out while he is at camp if he is a nerd, or "cool" like his stepbrother, Zach. He goes through his summer camp trying to find reasons to make him cool, while avoiding a girl who keeps following him around.

I found that this book represented the pressures of school and social interactions well. There is a lot of pressure in schools between

Sandra Stiles
Sep 01, 2014 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Gabe was such a fun character. He'd always wanted a brother. He knew with his parents divorced that was not going to happen. Then he learns his dad is getting remarried and he's going to have a brother after all. There is one problem. His new brother thinks learning over the summer is stupid and Gabe is going to a camp for nerds. he spends so much time trying to keep Zack from knowing he's a nerd. He's so worried about being a kid and fitting in. This would be great for my students because they ...more
4.5 stars

Enjoyable humor, some deep truths, and a truly wonderful camp! Although the female camp staff were portrayed well, I would have liked to see a stronger young female character. However, I suppose it makes sense for the girls to have been on the periphery, since the main character is at an age where he's more interested in knowledge than in noticing the opposite sex. We get to know his two male bunkmates very well, but the female camp participants are either sketchy or annoying. Just to b
Aug 15, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
10- year-old Gabe loves learning, and reading, and math! He’s so excited to go to sleepaway camp - The Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. Gabe’s dad is getting married at the end of the summer, and his new wife has a son, Zack, who is the same age as Gabe! But Zack is from California and thinks the things Gabe likes are for nerds. Zack wants to go to sleepaway camp and think Gabe is cool that he gets to go. So, Gabe has to be careful about what he puts in his letters to Zack.

Thankfully, the a
Feb 16, 2016 Carla rated it it was ok
Shelves: 4th, 5th
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Kris Odahowski
Dec 22, 2015 Kris Odahowski rated it liked it
Gabe a ten year old, finally gets his wish to go to camp and have a sibling when his Dad plans to remarry and he is selected for a 6 week educational summer camp. In this Sunshine State Reader, you get to go Camp Gabe meet his quirky bunk mates friends and experience a Summer Camp experience with outdoor fun but also educational rigor. In his letters home to his new step brother, Gabe does not mention the nerdy activities of the camp. Gabe even gains an admirer at camp who seems a bit like a sta ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Unlike some of the other camp stories I read, Gabe, the main character of Nerd Camp, loves the camp he's attending and has a great time while he's at it. What he struggles with is what that love says about him. Spurred on by his recent meeting with his new (and highly anticipated) step-brother, Gabe battles anxiety about whether he's a total nerdy egghead, or if he's cool. While at camp he decides to keep a logic proof to determine whether his hypothesis, that he's not a nerd, is true or false. ...more
Debbie Tanner
This is one of the Sunshine State Young Reader nominees for next year and it's terrific! It's about a boy named Gabe who loves to learn. Some people might even call him a geek. His dad is remarrying and his dream of having a brother is about to come true. Zack is from California and is a surfer and is super cool and Gabe really wants to be friends with him. But Zack does not think reading or any of the other things Gabe likes are cool so when Gabe goes to sleep away camp (which Zack is dying to ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Really cute and self-affirming. I wish I had gone to Nerd Camp...
Elissa Weissman
Jul 21, 2010 Elissa Weissman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Coming summer 2011! Get ready to geek out.
May 13, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tween readers
Recommended to Heather by: Loryn
Ten-year-old Gabe wanted more than anything to have a sibling. He was finally getting what he wished for. His father was remarrying and his new wife had a son, Zack, who happened to be the same age as Gabe. Gabe thought having a new brother was going to be great, but upon meeting Zack for the first time, Gabe realized that maybe it was not going to be so great after all. Right away Gabe started to omit certain qualities about himself, because he wanted Zack to think he was cool. Gabe loved to re ...more
Gabe cannot believe how lucky he is to be getting a new brother; and even better, one who is the same age as him: ten! All his life, Gabe has hoped for a new brother, but since his mom and dad have been divorced for most his life, he never got his wish. Now that his dad is getting remarried, he is getting a new brother named Zack and all Gabe can think about is how much fun the two are going to have together.

What Gabe does not realize yet though, is the struggle he is going to feel when he actua
Jul 19, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Gabe is finally getting what he always wanted, a brother! When Gabe's dad announces that he is getting remarried, and his new wife has a son the same age as Gabe, Gabe couldn't be more thrilled. It may not be a baby brother, but any brother is better than none. Then Gabe meets Zack. Zack is cool and Gabe, well, he is a kinda a nerd. How long can Gabe hide this fact from Zack? Should Gabe try to change to be like Zack? And will Zack still like Gabe when he finds out that Gabe is a nerd?

I must sa
Ms. Yingling
Feb 15, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Gabe is excited about going to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment camp, and also about getting a new stepbrother. His father is getting married,, and his new stepmother has a son who is Gabe's age. Zach is much cooler than Gabe, however, and Gabe's started to be concerned about what Zach will think of him. Once at camp, Gabe throws himself into the geeky fun with his roommates Nikhil and Wesley. They memorize Pi, deal with gross camp food, and put together an algorithm to predict when the c ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: rls-520

Cybils Book Review

The book Nerd Camp, by Elissa Brent Weissman is a story about a boy accepting who he is. The main character Gabe has been just introduced to his soon to be step brother, Zack. In Gabe’s eyes Zack is a “cool” kid and desperately wants to be accepted by him. However, Gabe is a self-proclaimed “nerd” and isn’t sure how he is going to make that happen; especially since she going away to a summer camp for gifted kids.

This book would appeal to 5th-8th graders, both boys and girls ali
Robert Kent
Aug 26, 2012 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
Nerd Camp is a hilarious read and it even features a cameo from Alex Tribeck! It’s a fun story that young nerds and old nerds alike can relate to. Pack your bags and head to Nerd Camp this summer!
--Robert Kent, Middle Grade Ninja

Sorry about that, Esteemed Reader. I was just thinking ahead to when the anniversary edition of Nerd Camp is released and naturally, I assume Antheum Books for Young Readers will insist it include a blurb from yours truly on the cover. I’m just trying to make it easy fo
Jun 15, 2012 Carey rated it really liked it
This is a fun story that makes you want to attend a summer camp for gifted kids. The main character is a 10-year-old boy who is thrilled by math problems, science and poetry, but feels that he has to hide his interests from his new stepbrother to be accepted.

I would say the characters talk and act more like 6th graders. For example, the main character works on a logic proof throughout the story to determine whether he is a nerd. My 10-year-old daughter just finished 4th grade at a great school a
"For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed it could be, but he must work hard to write about the fun in letters to Zack, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for "nerds".

Gabe is excited to meet his divorced dad's future stepson Zack, but when he finds out that Zack hates reading, he worries that he'll will think Gabe's too much of a nerd, since he and his friends LOVE reading. Zack is jealous of Gabe, since Zack's parents ha
Aug 21, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
(From Ten year old Gabe is a nerd. He’s smart, and he embraces it. He loves math, poetry and reading. In fact, the play dates he has with his friends are spent reading or figuring out word problems. Gabe is scheduled to attend the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, a sleep-away camp where he will spend six weeks immersed in logic, math and poetry. He’s excited, to say the least. Another thing that Gabe is excited about is that his father is getting remarried, and Gabe will b
May 19, 2011 Brandy rated it it was amazing
A big fan of mystery, I picked up Nerd Camp because I was looking for something different to read. I am so glad I did because what I read was totally unexpected. Initially I thought this would be a story of nerdy things mixed with your typical summer camp story. I never expected a fast paced, hilarious, non-typical story. I could not put the book down and ended up reading it at home in one sitting. I love the “I am a nerd” and “I am not a nerd” lists Gabe made for Zach, the letters home, and the ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Oh, how do I describe my love for this book? I'll do my absolute best to touch on all the parts that really made me fall in love, but I can promise you now you'll need to go and pick up a copy of Nerd Camp. The dialogue and adventures are laugh out loud funny, and it's just such a fun read! Where else are you going to find a karaoke battle featuring the countries of the world in alphabetical order? Did I peak your interest? Good, read on!

As young characters go, Gabe and his posse of camp buddies
Nov 19, 2012 Gigi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 3-6
Shelves: read-and-loved
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This was a really fun book for me. Honestly, I thought this book was pretty cool. I loved the amusing tone to Gabe's POV narration and the way his relationship with Zack is consistently changing. Not only that, but the exchange of letters between Gabe and Zack was a nice idea.

In elementary and middle school, for the school I went to, the 5th Grade and the MS always had a fall field study. (Different places, but same week.) We were never allowed to take our phones because the drive was only about
Nov 13, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
To be fair, this should maybe be a 3 1/2...

Gabe, an only child, is really excited to have the chance to meet his new stepbrother and have the sibling he's always wanted. The only trouble is they seem to have nothing in common. Gabe is so anxious to be seen as "cool" to his new sibling, he squashes down all of his nerdy tendencies, his math club membership, his reading habits, and most importantly--he conceals the truth about being admitted to a very selective science camp over the summer.

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