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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Brain Camp
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596433663
  • ASIN: B0057DC6L6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up A quick and quirky graphic novel with a bit of an identity crisis. Two misfits, Jenna and Lucas, are sent to a summer-camp-of-last-resort by their respective, exasperated parents. Despite some hate-at-first-sight, the pair, in a predictable fashion, soon start up a friendship and eventually fall for one another. Unfortunately, something funny is going on at Camp Fielding: some kids disappear while others become suspiciously more intelligent. This is a fun story, one that moves well and is illustrated with excellent full-color artwork. But there is one issue that prevents the book from receiving top marks. Brain Camp appears to be targeted to a tween audience the majority of it would be perfectly at place in a Goosebumps novel, complete with snappy banter, suspicious goings-on, and a handful of kids who save the day. Similarly, the book's artwork would also appeal to younger children. However, a few scenes, including one wet dream sequence complete with stained underwear, place it in the teen section. Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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From Booklist

From its shock opening right out of a horror movie, this graphic novel sets the scene for an old-fashioned scare story. A throwback to the sort of paranoia that Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives capitalized on so well, the tale follows Lucas, a tough kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Jenna, an Asian girl who isn't measuring up to her siblings' grade averages, as they are bundled off to Camp Fielding, where they're guaranteed to become high-performance go-getters. But something very strange is going on there: counselors sneak into the cabins at night with hypodermic needles, and kids start acting like supersmart zombies. Kim and Klavan, who balanced adventure and kid's social issues so well in City of Spies (2010), do the same in another well-rounded adventure here, as the far-out (and kind of gross) climax mixes with genuine insight into dealing with parents, fitting into a new crowd, and handling the pressures of performance. Hicks' line work is cool enough to assuage older readers who might be suspicious of the summer-camp setting. Grades 7-10. --Jesse Karp

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Customer Reviews

This new graphic novel for young adults is really freaking weird.
E. Kristin Anderson
I can't talk about too much without giving things away, but this is definitely worth the read.
Brittany Moore
I'm willing to go along with it, but it just seemed a little bit much at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By impearth on November 6, 2013
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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 you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
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enna and Luca's parents have had it. They want their children to start being more productive. They want geniuses. So when someone from Camp Fielding offers to take them and turn them into smart kids, each of their parents are eager to ship them off. Jenna and Lucas meet at Camp and immediately feel as though something isn't quite right. The sudden smartness and that strange building in the words make them think they need to find a way out and quick.

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.

First Line:
"Elevation, 18 degrees...angle, 38 degrees...going north by north-west, it should be right over..."
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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 what a great story this is, but how empowering it is to people of all ages with a science-leaning. She read this in the summer; I saw the authors and had them sign my copy for her 83rd birthday this fall. Last weekend she told me she re-read this book, and enjoyed it even more the second time around. Her only concern was when the authors would pen another book like this or City of Spies. She'll be in for a surprise when I give her a signed copy of Wasteland by the writing team this Christmas!
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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 by Erin Faith Hicks. For the most part, it lived up to the expectations.

I'll warn you, this is a surprisingly dark story. You'd kind of expect that, what with the idea of teens being sent to a camp that "reprograms" them to be Stepford children. I just wasn't expecting the level that I saw here, which was sort of nice. Many graphic novels aimed at teens tend to sugar coat or under develop anything that would make you squeamish, which can often end with the comic feeling that much harder to connect with.

The "big bad" was a little hard to swallow, though. I'm willing to go along with it, but it just seemed a little bit much at times. It didn't ruin the overall fun of the comic, so no big worries.

The artwork is what I really loved and I'm glad I read it. I'll continue to try to look for anything by Hicks- her artwork is wonderful and this fact alone made the graphic novel worth reading.
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From [...]- Jenna and Lucas are losers- at least that's what their parents think. So when they send them to Camp Fielding ("America's best new educational summer camp!") for the summer, the hope is that they'll return ready to go to Yale, or at least pass the SAT with flying colors. But something amiss is going on at Camp Fielding. Why are some campers failing miserably at the strange, higher-level-thinking activities while others are succeeding beyond expectations? Why are those who are doing well acting a little too much like zombies- really smart zombies? And why are some campers disappearing in the middle of the night, after they try the odd, pink-colored ice cream at dinner? These and more questions abound as Jenna and Lucas form a reluctant friendship to figure out what's going on. The odds are stacked against them, however, as the pace picks up and they are cornered at every turn by the grim, brooding camp counselor and a mounting army of the smarter campers.

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.
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This new graphic novel for young adults is really freaking weird.

That said, I love BRAIN CAMP.

Camp Fielding is not as it appears. Supposedly a camp designed for bright high school kids, where they will spend the summer learning things like advanced math and foreign languages, it's not long before thuggish Lucas from a working class single-parent family in Queens and nerdy Jenna from a family of doctors in suburban New Jersey realize that something is amiss. I mean, there's the fact that kids seem to get sick and then go missing. Or how the counselors don't actually "teach" them anything. And, uh, yeah, the cabin in the woods where they saw a kid barfing up feathers.

The illustrations are fun and quirky, in bright colors that draw the eye. And the awkwardness of the characters relationships with each other and their families is strikingly real and genuine, despite the sci-fi premise.

Complete with camp antics, a wee bit of romance, conspiring adults and plenty of aliens, BRAIN CAMP is a fun, quick read. If you're last-minute-gift-shopping right now, it would be great for the quirky sci-fi fans on your list. And, you know, I think you should check it out for yourself, too!
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