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Brain Camp Paperback – Bargain Price, August 3, 2010
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This was an interesting and odd graphic novel. I really liked the concept of the whole thing. I can't talk about too much without giving things away, but this is definitely worth the read. One thing I didn't care for was the minuscule love story in Brain Camp. Either add in some romance or leave it out, none of this brief intense stuff; it just seemed out of place. I could have handled if it was built up a little more (even though they only seemed to be at camp a short while). Lucas and Jenna were interesting characters and I wouldn't mind reading another story with them. Maybe they can solve other mysteries too at their next camp.
"Elevation, 18 degrees...angle, 38 degrees...going north by north-west, it should be right over..."
I thoroughly enjoyed this smartly-written, fast-paced thriller of a story that is probably best for fans of Goosebumps who want something more mature. One of the things I truly reveled in is that this story knows what it is- a cheesy, fun mystery where weird things are expected to happen and do- and it focuses on doing that well without trying to be more than that. Of course, in the run of doing so, there is a nice, understated satire of the labels and expectations that we place on kids and teens and how they can take these definitions to heart. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Jenna, Lucas, and their friend Dwayne bond over sharing the labels their parents and other adults in their lives have given them: "Actually, I'm secretly `bright' but for some reason I'm a real `underachiever.Read more ›
The artwork is very stylized, you could say cartoony. But the characters are very expressive and the storytelling is always clear. If you are familiar with the Scott Pilgrim books, it is similar. Don't be fooled by the art though, at first I thought this would be a good book for little kids, but there are some mildly disturbing images and some coming of age stuff that may not be good for the littlest of ears. It is a young adult book after all.
Reviewer: Chris for Book Sake
The story starts off giving you a short glimpse of what's to come and then it creepily moves on from there. The parents are seduced by the idea of their children doing something, anything more than what they are doing right now and when the kids get to the camp, they start seeing the changes in the other kids as well. This "body snatchers" story is a bit odd and quirky and for those that haven't read the similar storyline before it will be something new and different in the way of graphic novels for them. This is definitely not a superhero graphic novel, which I appreciate.
All of the art is well done and following the story along was always easy. Sometimes I have trouble figuring out which word balloon I should be reading next, but everything flowed perfectly in this one. This should be a fun one for young readers that are looking for an offbeat read.
Reviewer: Jessica for Book Sake
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 faces and eyes that are always a bit too big for the heads. A full range of colour is used but the matching blue shirts of the campers are used to an added creepy effect and the startling bright monotones of sand for a flashback and green for a nightmare were very effective.
Both Jenna and Lucas end up at Camp Fielding because it is their parents last hope for them. They are both very smart but don't show it. Lucas is a slacker running with the wrong crowd and his alcoholic mother doesn't waste a moment letting him know how disappointing and stupid he is. Jenna, on the other hand, comes from a family of overachievers, both her parents are specialized doctors, her little sister is a genius planning her own specialized medical career, while Jenna just can't join the family game. She acts out, being silly, embarrassing her parents and doesn't bother to try to apply herself. Camp Fielding is an educational camp that is supposed to turn out geniuses. Both Jenna and Lucas are sent as a last resort. But things are not as they would have expected. They are only fed slop. Special campers are given ice cream treats for no particular reason. When Jenna's ice cream is stolen by another girl she finds her bunk mates are all sleeping like the dead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and creepy. Probably best for ages 12 and up. It's unfortunate that it's currently not available in a digital format.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
In the book Brain Camp Lucas and Jenna go to a Camp called Brain Camp.Their parents wanted them to learn some manners. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sadie Qualls
My step mother-in-law is a retired chemist. While I loved this book immensely, it was through her eyes and watching her enjoyment of the book that really got me to realize not only... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Dana Biscotti Myskowski
kids and adults would love this story together ! good campfire take, halloween fun, or just for a gift! young teen audience, and the young at heart - thank youPublished on November 6, 2013 by impearth
I'd read this yesterday at the library after being overjoyed to randomly find it on the shelves. I've been wanting to read this for a while, having read and loved Friends with Boys... Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by ChibiNeko
We wanted to like this graphic novel for young teens but it definitely didn't get good reviews from the three of us that read it. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by lolasmumma
This new graphic novel for young adults is really freaking weird.
That said, I love BRAIN CAMP.
Camp Fielding is not as it appears. Read more
Two underachieving students, Lucas and Jenna, are sent away to an experimental "Brain Camp" to excell. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Evan Day
Typically, graphic novels are targeted toward a pre-teen and teenage audience, and while I'm much older than that, I tend to still get some kind of takeaway from them. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Heather ORoark