Nerd Camp by Elissa Weissman

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17 Critic Reviews

Where was this book when I was an elementary aged kid? Really, Nerd Camp is a book that every young kid should give a read. 
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Synopsis

Pack your sleeping bag, grab your calculator, and celebrate geekdom with this humorous and empowering middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of Standing for Socks. Nerd Camp, here we come!

Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleepaway camp, writing poetry and perfecting logic proofs. S.C.G.E. has been a summer home to some legendary middle-school smarty-pants (and future Jeopardy! contestants), but it has a reputation for being, well, a Nerd Camp. S.C.G.E = Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads.
     But is Gabe really a geek? He’s never thought about it much—but that was before he met Zack, his hip, LA-cool, soon-to-be stepbrother. Gabe worries that Zack will see him only as a nerd, until a wild summer at camp—complete with a midnight canoe ride to “Dead Man’s Island”—helps Gabe realize that he and Zack have the foundations for a real friendship.
     This clever, fun read from Elissa Brent Weissman is full of great minor characters (like a bunkmate who solves math problems in his sleep) and silly subplots (like the geekiest lice outbreak ever). Adjust your head-gear, pack your camp bag, and get ready to geek out!
 

About Elissa Weissman

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Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of Nerd Camp and Standing for Socks. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roehampton University in London, England. She lives with her husband, Grant, in Baltimore, Maryland. Connect online at EBWeissman.com.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 0

Nights and Weekends

Excellent
Reviewed by Dreyer Kramer on Oct 21 2012

If you know a brainy young bookworm who could use some fun summer reading, pick up a copy of Nerd Camp.

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Book Nut

Good
Reviewed by Book Nut on Feb 20 2012

I suppose the question, in the end, is: will the boy nerds read this one? I hope so. Really.

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Kidsmomo

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Mar 01 2012

I read it as a Cybilsjudge  (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards), and I definitely had the most fun reading this story out of all the finalists. 

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Flamingnet

Good
Reviewed by Flamingnet on Jun 24 2011

Nerd Camp is the perfect summer read for someone who wants to relax and have a few laughs.

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Books 4 Your Kids

Good
Reviewed by Tanya on May 24 2012

I love any book where a character comes to realize something valuable about him/herself (or an experience) and the fact that Gabe reaches his epiphany while pondering his academic pursuits is especially meaningful to me.

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Reading Junky

Good
Reviewed by RJ on Feb 26 2012

NERD CAMP is for all those having difficulty embracing their true interests at the risk of being teased for being different.

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Books for Kids Blog

Good
Reviewed by GTC on Jan 09 2012

Funny and yet heartfelt, making fans of Andrew Clements' middle reader novels will feel right at home with this one.

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Secrets & Sharing Soda

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Mar 23 2012

Nerd Camp is, overall, an inspiring feel-good read with a wonderfully sweet and memorable main character.

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Middle Grade Mafioso

Good
Reviewed by Michael GG on Jun 14 2011

I loved this sweet story, and empathized completely with Gabe.

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Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 07 2011

Where was this book when I was an elementary aged kid? Really, Nerd Camp is a book that every young kid should give a read. 

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Auntie Karen's Book Pie

Good
Reviewed by Karen Boss on Jun 19 2012

Send your kids to sleep away camp with both these books and they'll be passed around the cabin in no time. 

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More Than True

Good
Reviewed by Beth Gallego on Nov 01 2011

A kid doesn’t have to think he might be a nerd to enjoy this book, although he might finish it thinking that such a thing might not be so bad.

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Sharpread

Good
Reviewed by Colby Sharp on Oct 08 2011

This would be a nice read for any young reader trying to figure out how to be different, and an even better book for “punks” giving kids are hard time for being different.

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Sprout's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Mary Kinser on Oct 03 2011

Weissman weaves a good deal of smart-kid stuff into the plot of Nerd Camp, but strikes a good balance.

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Middle Grade Ninja

Good
Reviewed by Robert Kent on Sep 27 2011

Nerd Camp is a hilarious read and it even features a cameo from Alex Tribeck! It’s a fun story that young nerds and old nerds alike can relate to. Pack your bags and head to Nerd Camp this summer!

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Great Minds Think Aloud

Good
Reviewed by Kitty Bullard on Jun 15 2011

This is a fantastic book for kids from ages 8 to 12.

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Biblioreads

Good
Reviewed by SB on May 26 2011

I can't think of a better book to celebrate smart kids.  Your bookworm will really love this. 

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