BRAIN CAMP by Susan Kim

BRAIN CAMP

Age Range: 13 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ever wonder what would happen if the men of Stepford conferred with evil aliens and decided to open a summer camp? Dubbed "losers," immature Jenna and delinquent Lucas seem to be perfect candidates for the mysterious Camp Fielding, which guarantees "to prepare any child for the SATs and beyond." Most of the campers are well behaved, obedient and intelligent; in their spare time, they enjoy solving equations and learning the bucolic camp's giant maze. However, as Jenna and Lucas settle in at the camp, they begin to notice that things aren't quite right: Campers keep disappearing, and every day more of the kids go from being surly or stupid to downright perfect campers. A little snooping leads them to a disgusting and horrifying discovery about the camp, but can Jenna and Lucas impede their own transformations before it's too late? Kim and Klavan offer a sly social commentary with a fizzy dash of stomach-lurching horror. Hicks's chunky art goes to town with the revolting possibilities. Smart, disgusting fun. (Graphic suspense. 13 & up)
Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59643-366-3
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: First Second/Roaring Brook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010




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