March 1st, 2012 by Karen
I’m not ashamed to say it: I wish I were a nerd. I’m a geek about some things and I’m definitely a complete all-around dork, but I’m not sure that I’m smart enough to qualify as a nerd. A girl can hope, right?
At any rate, given my geekosity and dorkulousness, it’s no wonder that I LOVED Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman. I seriously had to squash major envy pangs as I read about all the adventures at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment (aka Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads, aka Nerd Camp).
I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to make charts with their cabin-mates to predict when Color Wars will be announced? Or rock out to the “Nations of the World” song as part of a karaoke battle? Or participate in a camp-wide scavenger hunt? Uh, sounds like paradise!
Except Gabe (the main character in Nerd Camp) is not so sure about that… He WAS really excited about camp — up until he met his new stepbrother-to-be, the decidedly un-nerdy Zack. Now Gabe wants to prove that there’s more to him than just being a nerd, and that SCGE isn’t some lame version of summer school that only a loser would enjoy, which is what Zack has to say about it. Can Gabe transform himself from geek to cool dude while still having fun at Nerd Camp?
Obviously, you should read this book to find out! I read it as a Cybils judge (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards), and I definitely had the most fun reading this story out of all the finalists. And my fellow judges agreed — we named it the big winner!
So read it! Read it! READ IT! 🙂
That is all.
Karen doesn’t do it to calculate probabilities, but she kinda enjoys making grids. Once she created a spreadsheet to track her friends’ votes on which episodes to watch during a Gilmore Girls marathon!