Boy’s Anxiety About Stepfamily Turns Hilariously Geeky in Nerd Camp
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — All kids want to be loved, especially when parents are divorced and one of them is about to remarry. But what if your new stepbrother is impossibly cool and you are–just maybe–nothing but a nerd? Elissa Brent Weissman‘s ridiculously geeky new middle-grade novel, Nerd Camp (Atheneum), turns a stressful premise into a fun romp that will leave kids laughing all the way to Labor Day.
Ten-year-old Gabe is looking forward to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, even though some kids call S.C.G.E. the “Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads.” But when he meets his soon-to-be stepbrother, the super-cool Zack from L.A., Gabe starts to worry that maybe he’s just a nerd. And who would want to be brothers with a nerd?
Gabe’s summer of fun includes two best-buddy roommates–one of whom solves math problems in his sleep–a lice epidemic crawling with scientific mysteries, a karaoke showdown, a whiz-bang Color War, and a secret midnight kayak trip to Dead Man’s Island. Even the annoying Amanda can’t spoil the excitement. But when Gabe checks his “nerd chart,” every one of his experiences seems to have a geeky aspect. Will all his adventures really prove he isn’t a nerd?
This hilarious summer read strikes all the right notes as Gabe learns to value what makes him special, all while having the time of his life. Kids ages 8-12 will want to pack their flashlights and roll out their sleeping bags, because Nerd Camp is fun squared!
Elissa Brent Weissman, www.ebweissman.com, is the author of two previous middle-grade novels, Standing for Socks and The Trouble with Mark Hopper. She wrote the first draft of Standing for Socks while a senior in the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and holds a Masters in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University in London, England. Weissman and her husband live in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches Writing for Children at the University of Baltimore, Towson University, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
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