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Nerd Camp
by Elissa Brent Weissman
Atheneum , April 26, 2011

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Get ready for a great summer read as Gabe heads off to camp where kids think math is a sport and poetry rules. There is only one little problem; his new stepbrother mocks geeks and hangs with a skateboarding crew. Spend 8 weeks with Gabe and his bunk mates as they navigate girls, memorize the 12 digits of pi, and compete in color war and let their geek flags fly!

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Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleep-away 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 step-brother. Now, Gabe is worried that Zack will think he’s a nerd, not only a nerd, but JUST a nerd. A wild summer at camp—complete with a midnight canoe ride to “Dead Man’s Island”—makes Gabe realize that Zack may not be the brother he’d always dreamed of, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.

This clever, fun summer 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!

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