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Camp Creepy Time Hardcover – May 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—Einstein, a 13-year-old Twinkie addict/blogger, is dreading his upcoming stay at Camp Creepy Time, even though the brochure shows gourmet meals, horseback riding, and a sparkling lake. Of course, his clueless parents believe the claims of this glossy leaflet, so they send him off and look forward to a carefree summer alone. For Einstein, though, things get very creepy very quickly, from campers in monster costumes to a godforsaken location (the ramshackle buildings are surrounded by a vast desert full of nocturnal predators) to evil staff members who serve horrible food and dispense mysterious salt tablets, which have hideous consequences for the campers. The authors have a way with words and are on target for the type of sarcastic humor that will amuse some children. But the plot structure just seems to pile events on top of events, with no rhythm or dynamic sense and deteriorates into a hodgepodge of monsters and aliens. Einstein's main emotion seems to be resentment, making it hard for readers to relate to him. Without an emotional core and much focus, the book makes one appreciate those who do this type of story well, such as Bruce Coville and Daniel Pinkwater. Suggest Kate Klise's Letters from Camp (Avon, 1999), whose villains are both subtler and scarier.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Much to his horror, 13-year-old computer nerd and Twinkie aficionado Einstein P. Fleet finds himself bused off to spend eight weeks at Camp Creepy Time, in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Einstein is definitely not an eager camper, but clearly other things are also amiss: everyone arrives wearing monster costumes; the adults in charge are sadistic; and Einstein's only real friends turn out to be a ghost and an alien. The three join forces to try and outwit the counselors before all the campers are shipped to an intergalactic zoo. The Gershon siblings' first novel should appeal to young readers in search of the wacky and ridiculous. Characters are exaggerated and mostly one-dimensional; much of the humor revolves around bodily dysfunctions; and a few stray plot points (such as the Valley Girl twins who get lost in the desert) seem to go nowhere. Still, this is an entertaining, quick read. A Web site is promised. Weisman, Kay

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It is well written with good plot lines and story arcs.
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The kids in my son's fifth grade class were all raving about this book, which was a miracle in itself, so I decided to read it for myself.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sharron Korybut on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Original, intelligent, out of this world.... Summer camp in the Mojave Desert? Aliens, monsters, werewolfs, ghosts, strange experiments? Einstein P. Fleet, the protagonist, is an original - likeable, endearing, pathetic and heroic all at the same time. At times, I literally laughed out loud! A great read to share with the kids or an opportunity for you to revisit your days at sleep away camp.

I highly recommend this quirky and cleverly written novel. Cudos to the Gershons!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Gina and Dann Gershon, Camp Creepy Time: The Adventures of Einstein P. Fleet (Putnam, 2007)

So Gina Gershon's film career has been limited to the indie scene and TV appearances for a while now, neither of which pays the bills, so why not turn to a writing career? (We can't all be Jennifer Tilly and become professional poker players, I guess.) The first output of said writing career: Camp Creepy Time, a young adult horror-comedy. Now, I'll be the first to admit I picked this up thinking "okay, let's see if we can toss Gina Gershon into the Paris-and-Nicole Book Dumpster." More fool me-- this thing is good. Really good.

Einstein P. Fleet is your typical middle-school geek, messing with computers all the time, having no friends that aren't at the other end of a keyboard, getting out in the sun once a year, maybe. His parents decide it's high time for him to get out into the fresh air, and enroll him at Camp Creepy Time, a theme camp in the desert for monster-movie aficionados. Things seem off from the time Einstein gets to the camp, but when campers start disappearing, Einstein decides he, along with a rebellious girl who doesn't seem to be a camper and the camp ghost, needs to try and figure out what's going on before he's the next to go on an unscheduled walkabout.

This is definitely fluff reading, juvenile style, but don't let that throw you off. Camp Creepy Time is a well-plotted, readable story with amusing (if somewhat shallow) characters, a fun mystery, and some original ideas. Definitely one for the monster movie fan on your Christmas list. *** ½
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishell on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
You simply can't go wrong with this wacky zany summer send-up. Einstein P. Fleet, a loner-nerd trapped at a hellish summer camp in the Mojave Desert, leads us through a wild storyline of escape, with monster costumes, vampires, werewolves and aliens all in the mix.

This fast-paced, well-written farce is a quick, irreverent, hilarious read for kids and adult-kids. Highly recommended. It's no surprise that Dreamworks has this story in script development....Can't wait for the movie!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Hoenig on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Camp Creepy Time is a hoot! Einstein P. Fleet is a young, hysterical version of Ignatius J. Reilly, except Fleet's world is filled with very real monsters. I laughed at how Fleet viewed life and, most particularly, camp life. Fleet is at once curmudgeonly and delightful. Readers, male and female and of all ages, will enjoy the wild ride from Gershon's proficient and fast moving writing. I hope there will be many more Fleet adventures in the works!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Einstein P. Fleet has already logged hundreds of hours trying to blow the whistle on baddies. Through his popular blog, The Smoking Peashooter, Einstein manages to spread the word on all sorts of conspiracy theories, and he's even had a lawsuit pending against him since the fourth grade, all thanks to "The Wilson Incident."

Naturally, he questions his parents' motives for sending him to a remote summer camp for eight agonizing weeks, with no Internet access and a limited supply of Twinkies. From the moment he steps on the bus and sees every other camper in a monster costume, Einstein worries that perhaps this particular camp may be much more difficult to deal with than any normal one would be.

Unfortunately for him and his unsuspecting parents, his fears are well-founded...

Chock full of werewolves, vampires, mummies, giant spiders, and greedy mobster aliens, this book provides the same brand of entertainment as a classically cheesy monster film. Highly recommended for reluctant readers.

Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Orand on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A friend gave me this book and I spent a weekend on a fantastic adventure enjoying the ups and downs of Einstein P. Fleet. For younger readers this is an excellent book with all the trimmings (werewolves,vampires, aliens, ghosts) and an excellent cast of characters as well. I highly recommend this book as a light summer read or for all younger readers who are looking for a proper adventure. It is well written with good plot lines and story arcs. Well Done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Thorp on June 5, 2007
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I just finised the book. What fun! This is exactly the book to catch the attention of my middle-grade grandson, who I plan to encourage to read more this summer, because he isn't (yet) much of a reader. He will LOVE the complaints about camp, the gross jokes -- he and his friends will relate to the book so much, they will eat it up. Without giving the plot away, there is a great twist two-thirds of the way through the book -- something so unexpected, it gives the book a whole new turn of events. Highly recommended.

M. C. Thorp
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Professional Mom on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recommended Camp Creepy Time to several friends as elective reading for camp. The kids loved reading this book and so did I. Einstein P. Fleet is a unique and wonderful character. He's an outsider with his own warped view of the world ---- a view that kids can easily identify with. The book is well written and full of laughs. I would highly recommend Camp Creepy Time to anyone, but especially to parents with kids ten and up who would rather do anything other than read a book. This is one that will grab their attention immediately.
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