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Nerd Camp (Nerd Camp #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  886 Ratings  ·  128 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Nov 13, 2016 AMY PRIDGEN rated it did not like it
Gabe is a boy dealing with a divorced family and wants his mom to have a baby so he will have a new brother. He gets his wish sort of when he finds out his dad's girlfriend has a son, his new sort of brother, named Zack. He finally meets Zack and does everything he can to get Zack to think he is cool, like agreeing with everything he likes or says. Gabe gets selected for summer camp for math nerds/gifted and is afraid his new brother won't approve. This is a such a BORING book! Who picked this?? ...more
Dell Dembny
Oct 27, 2016 Dell Dembny rated it liked it
This is a realistic fiction book that has a little bit of comic in it. People that would like the book is people that want an easier middle school read and a more fun book. It is about a nerd who goes to a summer camp and tries to prove he isn't geeky to his new brother. However, the book was not that great and it didn't make me want to keep reading all the time.
Nov 23, 2016 Tariq rated it it was amazing
It is a good book. I recommend it because it's really funny. The author really describes the character and how they feel.
Peter Wilczynski
Oct 21, 2016 Peter Wilczynski rated it it was amazing
good book
Craig Gordon
It was pretty good i really liked it. I recommend it to 4-8 graders.
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
Katie Fitzgerald
Ten-year-old Gabe is super-excited about two things - meeting his stepbrother, Zack, who is also ten, and going to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment for six weeks of camp. Unfortunately, while Gabe has impeccable spelling and grammar and gets excited about subjects like logical reasoning and poetry, Zach is the opposite. Zach is cool, and he thinks kids who study for fun are nerds. The last thing Gabe wants is to appear uncool to his new stepbrother, so he purposely plays down his brainy i ...more
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
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
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
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
"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
Feb 16, 2016 Carla rated it it was ok
Shelves: 4th, 5th
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Jennifer Ferrer
Sep 16, 2016 Jennifer Ferrer rated it really liked it
My son says he wanted to give this book 4.5 stars....
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.

This is
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
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
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 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
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Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for 8-to-12-year olds. Her most recent books, NERD CAMP 2.0 and NIKHIL AND THE GEEK RETREAT are sequels to the popular NERD CAMP, which was named a best summer read for middle graders in The Washington Post. THE SHORT SELLER, about a seventh grade stock-trading whiz, was a Girls’ Life must-read and featured on NPR’s “Here and Now.” Named o ...more
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