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Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.146097
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!
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on April 26, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 144241703X
ISBN-13: 9781442417038
8 Book Reviews
  • hahahahahahahahalmost 4 years
    I enjoyed Nerd Camp as the comedy that it was. I liked how it showed two different emotions Gabe has. For instance, Gabe is worrying that Zack will find out that he is a nerd going to "Nerd Camp", but he is also excited about going there. All in all, I enjoyed the book Nerd Camp, and I wish it had a sequel.
    • galaxygirl10125
      galaxygirl10125about 5 years
      It Book is amazing! Im on chapter 3 but this really explains how some kids can't fit in because they're different.
      • galaxygirl10125about 5 years
        I love this book. It amazing. So far im on the 3rd chapter but still, this book really gets children tring to fit in.
        • domosaur
          domosaurover 5 years55 stars
          This book is the first book in the series Nerd Camp. Gabe is meeting his new stepbrother, Zack. Zack is so cool and Gabe wants to be just like him, so he only tells him that he is going away to sleep away camp. He goes there, and makes a list about what he can tell Zack and what he can't. He makes new friends, has fun, and certainly enjoys camp. He writes back and forth with his stepbrother, telling him only the coo stuff. In the end, Gabe learns that to be cool, you just have to be you. That is what I learned from reading this book and I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book.
          • ip05102
            ip05102over 6 years44 stars
            INSPIRING BOOK I LIKED IT I WOULD NOT LIKE TO BRAG BUT THE ONLY REASON I LIKED IT WAS BECAUSE IT INVOLVE A MATH GENIUS AND I CONSIDER MYSELF A MATH GENIUS EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT LIKE THE PERIODIC TABLE OR THE ROCKSTARS AS IT INVOLVES IN THIS BOOK
            • cheerocks7
              cheerocks7over 6 years55 stars
              My teacher read it to my class and it was one of the best books I have ever read!!!!!!
              • lilpimpabout 10 years
                i think this book is really cool because it's full of adventure and fun. maybe one day i will be able to go camping.
                • carlybean2
                  carlybean2about 10 years44 stars
                  This book is really great.It is about a very smart kid who tries to impress his new half brother. His half brother is really cool and this kid is not. So he goes to a gifted sleepaway camp where he has some fun " adventures "!