Gabe never thought of himself as a nerd, but compared to Zack, his super cool soon-to-be stepbrother from California, it seems like everything about him is geeky squared. Zack is jealous when he hears Gabe is going to sleepaway camp–so Gabe CAN’T let him find out the camp is known as Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads.
Gabe has the summer of his life–filled with crazy bunkmates, a mysterious lice epidemic, a karaoke showdown, an intense Color War, and a midnight journey to Dead Man’s Island. But he can’t shake the feeling that the geeky aspects of it all cancel out the adventure. Are he and his friends nothing but nerds?
(Simon & Schuster, 2011) Paperback May 2012, Scholastic book fairs Fall 2015!
* Maine Student Book Award master list! *
* Sakura Medal Finalist! *
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“Packed with humor, heart, and nerdy self-acceptance, this novel about 10-year-old Gabe’s summer at a gifted and talented program is the perfect choice for reading material until lights out.”
“Perfect for kids whose quest for knowledge isn’t satisfied by nine months of school.”
“The kids at SCGE may not be the most popular kids at their schools, but they’re a whole lot of fun to read about (much more fun than some plain old popular kid!)…If you know a brainy young bookworm who could use some fun summer reading, pick up a copy of Nerd Camp.”
Camp Prep Games
Click to download fun word games and logic puzzles to get ready for a summer at Nerd Camp!
Word Games – Find all the items from the packing list in a word search, and see if you can unscramble the letters of Gabe’s favorite camp activities.
Logic Puzzles – Use deductive reasoning to figure out which activities Gabe and his friends choose one night, and try to wrap your mind around some camp brain busters.
MORE Logic Puzzles, Submitted by Readers! – Kids! Have a brain teaser you think will stump other kids? E-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and it might make it on the site!
Host your own Color War! – Click to download everything you need to host a Color War with your class, including ways to break Color War, score sheets, field day and water sports, Jeopardy!, a sing-off, and more.
Scavenger Hunt – One of the best parts of Color War is the Scavenger Hunt. Click to download just the nerdy school scavenger hunt that your students will find fun-squared.