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Preview — Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
What Gabe does not realize yet though, is the struggle he is going to feel when he actua ...more
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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 ...more
--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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(From About.com) 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 ...more
As young characters go, Gabe and his posse of camp buddies ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a fantastic book for kids from ages 8 to 12. I just finished it and it is not only an entertaining story but it's fun and teaches a kids a valuable lesson about how important it is to just be themselves. The story is written with just the right amount of humor to keep you interested and even teaches you a few interesting facts along the way! I would definitely recommend this book to children of this age group and even to adults that enjoy a goo ...more
In the end, Zach seems to have accepted Gabe - all his nerdy quirks included - and even shows some jealousy about all the fun Gabe had at his camp, even if it ...more
As an interesting aside: this is one of the few American books I have read, where relationships to f ...more