Gabe finds out that he's been accepted to summer camp for smart kids while he's visiting his father and his new stepbrother, who is his age. Zack seems pretty cool, but that makes Gabe worry about whether he himself is cool enough for Zack. At camp, Gabe constructs an ongoing logic proof to determine whether he is a nerd or not. In the end, does it matter?
The next book in this series is Nerd Camp 2.0
This book is full of charmingly realistic examples of the kinds of things gifted children find funny and interesting. Many readers will wish they could attend a camp with as many fun activities as the one in this book!
It's a little disappointing that the story only revolves around one central problem--whether or not Gabe can reconcile his real interests with his desire to impress his stepbrother.
This book might offer some good discussion opportunities for families and teachers of gifted students. Some readers may not be fond of the "nerd" label or the "smart kids" generalization, and discussions about why may help expand understanding about groups and labels.
Parts of the story are told in non-traditional text, including letters and note-taking.
" And talk about cool: His nickname represented the hypotenuse of a right triangle and the speed of light."
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