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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144241703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442417038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-5–Gabe, 10, is excited about getting two things he has wanted: a brother and to go to camp. The brother is Zack, the son of his father’s fiancée, who is also 10 and lives across the country in L.A. The camp is the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. Gabe wants to appear just as cool to Zack as he thinks Zack is, so he keeps the “nerd” details about camp to himself. At SCGE, the campers have lessons in the morning, then traditional camp activities in the afternoon and evening. The campers are typical kids, pulling pranks, whining about some things, and getting homesick; they just happen to be extremely bright. Gabe enjoys his bunkmates and loves everything about camp except the food. Zack is envious of Gabe’s experience, so Gabe keeps him up-to-date on what’s happening, sort of. He keeps a chart of things he can tell his stepbrother and the details that probably shouldn’t be mentioned, e.g., that they like learning the digits of Pi. The boys’ characters are well developed and although the three adults play a minor role in the story, they are civil to one another and to both boys. In addition to being a good, humorous story, the book also illustrates that kids who are bright are just kids and can enjoy a lot of different things.–Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

- SLJ June 2011

Nerd Camp.
Weissman, Elissa Brent (Author)
May 2011. 272 p. Atheneum, hardcover, $15.99. (9781442417038).

Perfect for kids whose quest for knowledge isn’t satisfied by nine months of school, Weissman’s latest
novel features an appealing 10-year-old who’s more certain of facts and figures than of his worth. Gabe
questions his own “coolness” when he meets the boy who’s about to become his stepbrother; they’re the
same age but worlds apart intellectually, and Gabe tries to hide from Zack all traces of his own nerdy
tendencies. Weissman portrays Gabe as a sweet only child who’s as excited about getting the sibling he
has always wanted as he is about being admitted to a “Gifted Enrichment” camp. Over the course of six
weeks of camp, he revels in his adventures and then analyzes them for their nerdiness quotient, working
out logic proofs to help him figure out how much to tell Zack. Weissman depicts a camp whose academic
classes sound almost as fun as kayaking and color war. These smart, funny kids learn something from a
lice infestation, and it’s only logical that Gabe also gains confidence in his own opinions and individuality.

--BOOKLIST, May 1, 2011

Nerd Camp

by Elissa Brent Weissman

Intermediate Atheneum 261 pp.

4/11 978-1-4424-1703-8 $15.99

Gabe’s father is remarrying and giving him the (step-) brother he’s always hoped for, but ten-year-old Gabe realizes almost immediately that cool Zack, also ten, will not be impressed that his new brother is heading off to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, a.k.a. “Nerd Camp.” Once there, Gabe loves camp with its interesting classes (e.g., Logical Reasoning and Poetry Writing), its traditions like Color Wars, and his new friends, but he continues to worry about Zack’s reaction. As the six weeks go along, Gabe creates a chart of “Things I Can Tell Zack” (“We put music and sports pictures on our walls”) and “Things I Can’t Tell Zack” (“They are of Beethoven and the rules of badminton”). The title may limit the book’s appeal, but kids who are even a little bit nerdy themselves will enjoy the humor and will relate to Gabe’s concerns about appearing geeky. Weissman (The Trouble with Mark Hopper, rev. 11/09) gets the small details just right (like the way Gabe and his roommates keep track of how many seconds it takes their bunkmate to get out of his twisted-up sleeping bag each morning), and the relationships and the stories come to a satisfying and reasonably realistic conclusion.

--The Horn Book, July/August 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/summer-novels-for-kids/2011/05/31/AGLy9VZH_story.html

NERD CAMP

By Elissa Brent Weissman

Atheneum. $15.99. Ages 8-12

Gabe, 10, can hardly wait to dive into the sonnets, syllogisms and scavenger hunts at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, a sleepaway camp for bright kids. That is, until he discovers that his soon-to-be stepbrother, Zack, scorns such things as nerdy. With his cellphone, surfboard and poor spelling, Zack seems the epitome of cool, and bespectacled Gabe yearns for a similar sangfroid. Gabe’s path to geeky self-acceptance is filled with quirky adventure. There’s a UFO sighting, a stealth kayak mission and a clandestine lice-breeding lab, along with bunkmates who recite the digits of pi (for fun!) and tape pictures of Beethoven to their cabin walls. Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” may recognize in Gabe and his smart, funny friends the youthful counterparts of the zany brainiacs on that popular TV show.

--Washington Post 6/17/11

About the Author

Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of Standing for Socks. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Roehampton University in London, England and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Grant. Connect online at ebweissman.com.

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The story is written with just the right amount of humor to keep you interested and even teaches you a few interesting facts along the way!
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This book is so funny that I laughed out loud quite a few times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan H Liu on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 fun of nerds. Gabe is caught between his love of learning and his desire to impress Zack.

It's a very fun story with delightful characters, but ultimately it's about embracing who you are and not worrying about what others think. In this day and age you'd think that we wouldn't need books like this any more, but with incidents like Star Wars Katie getting teased for her taste in pop culture, apparently it's a lesson that kids still need to learn. Though there are parts of the book that apply to non-nerds (like Zack), I'd say the target audience is still kids with a love of learning, particularly those who are starting to feel the pressure of being "cool."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PBR on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My soon-to-be nine-year-old son read this book within hours of bringing it home from the bookstore, and has read it at least twice more in the two days since. He couldn't pin down what he liked best about it - just that he really liked it all.
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By Sandra K. Stiles on September 1, 2014
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Gabe was such a fun character. He'd always wanted a brother. He knew with his parents divorced that was not going to happen. Then he learns his dad is getting remarried and he's going to have a brother after all. There is one problem. His new brother thinks learning over the summer is stupid and Gabe is going to a camp for nerds. he spends so much time trying to keep Zack from knowing he's a nerd. He's so worried about being a kid and fitting in. This would be great for my students because they all want to fit in. Gabe actually sets things up complete with a problem: "Am I a nerd who only has nerdy adventures?" and a hypothesis, "No". He decides there are things he can tell Zack such as, "Wesley (his bunk mate) says amazing things in his sleep." Then there is the actual truth he can't tell Zack. Wesley, "solves math problems and brain teasers" in his sleep. When Zack comes to pick Gabe up what will Zack truly think of his new brother?
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By Margaret C. Miller on March 22, 2013
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I have a second grade nerdy granddaughter, who will love this book! I may keep it for a year or so before giving it to her. But, she will adore it, I know. Go nerds!
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By Loves to Read on January 13, 2013
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What a great way to show kids how much fun being a "nerd" can be! Really, everyone knows that Nerd is the new cool anyway! My 10 yo loved this book and frankly, so did I (yes, I picked it up to look at it and read the whole thing). A fun story about being yourself and about being accepted as you are.
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By rrwilliams on January 4, 2013
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This book is a must read for anyone! Not just nerds! Even though I read it a day it was still a great book. The story's about a kid named Gabe who is a extreme nerd. His step brother is against nerds. But Gabe still thinks he's cool. So Gabe they'd to pretend that he's just a normal kid. But then Gabe goes to a camp for nerds and has a awesome time there but in the end his step brother finds out that he's a geek but still thinks he's cool. GREAT BOOK! READ IT!
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Format: Paperback
I normally wouldn't have read this book. I'm a 13-year-old girl, and the main character is a 10-year-old boy. But the subject was what drew me in: Nerd Camp. As a veteran nerd-camper myself, I decided I wanted to see what this book was all about.

The premise is that 10-year-old Gabe is headed for nerd camp, but he doesn't want his uber-cool soon-to-be stepbrother Zack to find out, because Zack is everything that Gabe is not. He's in a logic class and makes a logical proof entitled, "Am I a nerd who only has nerdy adventures?" He also must deal with an annoying girl that seems to be stalking him.

What I most enjoyed about this book was reading about Gabe's adventures at nerd camp. I myself can't imagine a world without nerd camp (I love it very much), so it's a good trip down memory lane to read this book even though Gabe's nerd camp is very different from mine.

I found this book to actually be quite good, and I've read it twice. If you love nerd camp, then you should read Nerd Camp.
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Format: Kindle Edition
this book is awesome! the beginning offended me a bit because i am a nerd who has been to nerd camp-but at the end the words really ring true. love it!
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