Nerd Camp

Get ready to geek out.

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!

* Winner of the 2011 Cybils Award! *
* Maine Student Book Award master list! *
* Sakura Medal Finalist! *
* Runner-up in the SUnshine State Young Reader Award 2016! *



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For Teachers

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, and it might make it on the site!

Stumped? Done? Download the answer keys. Word Games – Logic Puzzles


For Teachers

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.

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