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on November 1, 2007
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