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Nerd Camp

(Nerd Camp #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 ratings  ·  149 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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Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This caught my eye at the library for my nine-year-old son. He read it quickly, then I read it quickly. It was a fun, engaging story about a boy who is excited to go to an academic summer camp, but is worried that his new stepbrother will think him supremely uncool. It was a great book and not preachy.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet book for 3rd/4th grade about a nerd, his new cool step brother and his 6weeks at nerd camp. Message on being yourself and accepting who you are.
Beth G.
Oct 05, 2011 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 15, 2012 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 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kid-lit
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 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 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
Elissa Weissman
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Coming summer 2011! Get ready to geek out.
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Really cute and self-affirming. I wish I had gone to Nerd Camp...
Robert Kent
Aug 26, 2012 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 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
I read this for the Popsugar Summer Reading Club Challenge 2020 in the category of "a book about camping or summer camp". It's a kids book, but a fun read for anyone who has ever wondered if they were a nerd. It's also a good read about acceptance of differences in kids. The main character is happy enough to be a nerd until his dad presents him with a new step-brother who is anything but a nerd, and labeled as a "cool kid". In reality, the nerd seemed a lot cooler to me. 3.5 stars
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Very nerdy for sure...I love the idea of showing some nerd love!.....but I felt rushed at the end, and that the brothers “sudden” true connection was a bit fake. Just ok to me...not enough deep drama or emotion, and although he’s 10, I felt a lot of the dialogue and thinking felt very immature and “written by an adult in a kid voice”.
Nov 23, 2016 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.
Addison Marden
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was ok not as funny as I thought it would be but over all it was good
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book holds a special place in my heart because my dad used to read this book to me and my little brother before we went to sleep. We both loved this story!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars, this is a book lots of kids, on both sides of the "nerd" line, should read. Might make for a good read aloud??
Bella Juozapaitis
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was obsessed with reading this book. I once read 200 pages in one sitting. My favorite part is when Gabe and Amanda bond during the kayak to Dead Mans Island.
Elizabeth Hughes
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a class favorite every year, and a joy to reread every year!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Took to long to be able to immerse myself inside the story and a super long exposition to the point where you are bored of the book. Story isn't paced well.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Actually a 2 and a half
Abigail VanDuyne
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a hilarious book! I loved the humor, the adventure, I loved it all! I can't wait to read Nerd Camp 2.0!
Amy R
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read it with/to my 8 year old. He picked it out and totally related to the main character: smart but also wanting to have fun and be seen as normal. He asked me to pick up the sequel.
Jeannine Carroll
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am so Gabe but girl version.....LOL
Aug 21, 2012 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
Apr 30, 2013 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
Mar 24, 2011 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
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Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for young readers. Best known for the popular Nerd Camp series, she and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NPR’s “Here and Now,” and more. Named one of CBS Baltimore’s Best Authors in Maryland, Elissa spent many years in Baltimore City, where she taught cre ...more

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