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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..."
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
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun story & characters. It's fun to see the characters expressions as they get in more & more interesting predicaments.Published 1 month ago by James Ferrero
Fun and creepy. Probably best for ages 12 and up. It's unfortunate that it's currently not available in a digital format.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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