Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who've been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.
But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious . . . and a lot afraid.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Susan Kim has written for more than three dozen children's TV series. This is her second graphic novel. Her first, also written with Mr. Klavan, was First Second's City of Spies. Laurence Klavan has published two mystery novels. Mr. Klavan and Ms. Kim both live in New York City. Faith Erin Hicks is the author and artist of Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere. She lives in Nova Scotia.
Reading Group Guide
Questions for Discussion
1. Brain Camp is a graphic novel, a story told with words and pictures. How do you think this story would be different if it was a novel, told with only words? Or a movie, with no written text at all?
2. At the start of the book, both Jenna and Lucas' parents feel that their children should be achieving more. From what you know of Jenna and Lucas' lives, what do you think?
3. If your parents had sent you to Camp Fielding, do you think you would have figured out what was going on?
4. On page 128, Jenna and Lucas realize that their parents have known what was going on at the camp the whole time. What would prompt their parents to go along with the camp's plans? Did they think they were doing what's best for their children? Or acting purely selfishly?
5. Think about the events of this story from the perspective of the purple bird-alien. Do you feel sympathetic for him at all? What do you think will happen to him and his species?
6. There are a number of adult characters in Brain Camp, but few (if any) of them are portrayed as ‘good guys.' Pick one of the following characters and think about their perspective. Could their actions be perceived as positive? Jenna's parents; Lucas' mom; Don Fielding; Tracy Vanderheuven; Hal Braymin.
7. At the end of Brain Camp, it is clear that the threat of bird-alien invasion is not yet over, and Jenna and Lucas are prepared. If you knew that the earth was going to be invaded by aliens, how would you prepare? How would you convince people that this is something that needs to be taken seriously?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this was pretty entertaining, but I always think graphic novels are too short and end too soon. I could have used some more. The drawings were well done and really catch the eye. Like I said though, I just wanted more.
Q: 4P: 5Annotation: When Lucas and Jenna have a rare opportunity to attend a camp that promises to make them into high achieving students, they have no idea what they are in for! Will Jenna and Lucas uncover the mysteries of ¿Brain Camp¿ in time to avoid the fate of the other campers? Read on!
This new graphic novel for young adults is really freaking weird.That said, I love BRAIN CAMP.Camp Fielding is not as it appears. Supposedly a camp designed for bright high school kids, where they will spend the summer learning things like advanced math and foreign languages, it¿s not long before thuggish Lucas from a working class single-parent family in Queens and nerdy Jenna from a family of doctors in suburban New Jersey realize that something is amiss. I mean, there¿s the fact that kids seem to get sick and then go missing. Or how the counselors don¿t actually ¿teach¿ them anything. And, uh, yeah, the cabin in the woods where they saw a kid barfing up feathers.The illustrations are fun and quirky, in bright colors that draw the eye. And the awkwardness of the characters relationships with each other and their families is strikingly real and genuine, despite the sci-fi premise.Complete with camp antics, a wee bit of romance, conspiring adults and plenty of aliens, BRAIN CAMP is a fun, quick read. If you¿re last-minute-gift-shopping right now, it would be great for the quirky ci-fi fans on your list. And, you know, I think you should check it out for yourself, too!
Reason for Reading: I really enjoy Canadian Faith Erin Hicks' work and just seeing she'd illustrated this book put it on my radar but once I'd read the plot I knew the story would be right up my alley.This is a spooky, eerie, creepy, but fun little story that had the Twilight Zone theme music playing in my head at certain moments when sudden weird things were noticed. I had a great time reading this. Ms. Hicks' illustration is perfect for the theme, with her dark outlined characters, expressive faces and eyes that are always a bit too big for the heads. A full range of colour is used but the matching blue shirts of the campers are used to an added creepy effect and the startling bright monotones of sand for a flashback and green for a nightmare were very effective.Both Jenna and Lucas end up at Camp Fielding because it is their parents last hope for them. They are both very smart but don't show it. Lucas is a slacker running with the wrong crowd and his alcoholic mother doesn't waste a moment letting him know how disappointing and stupid he is. Jenna, on the other hand, comes from a family of overachievers, both her parents are specialized doctors, her little sister is a genius planning her own specialized medical career, while Jenna just can't join the family game. She acts out, being silly, embarrassing her parents and doesn't bother to try to apply herself. Camp Fielding is an educational camp that is supposed to turn out geniuses. Both Jenna and Lucas are sent as a last resort. But things are not as they would have expected. They are only fed slop. Special campers are given ice cream treats for no particular reason. When Jenna's ice cream is stolen by another girl she finds her bunk mates are all sleeping like the dead. Then a camper goes missing and when Jenna and Lucas venture into the woods and peek inside a solitary cabin they find, what they see has them scared out of their wits.Not an overly complicated story and character development is focused on Jenna and Lucas. Even though they both do have a friend in their bunks, these characters are just used as plot devices and the rest of the campers are simply background. The story runs on plot alone and is a fun ride. Not entirely unpredictable, but creepy and enjoyable. I had a great read with it and like any good Twilight Zone episode it has an ending with a twist.
Huh this one was a little weird. Interesting but weird. Only thing I really liked was the art. This was bad or anything but I don't know, I didn't like this as much but at the same time I found something to like which was the art. A weird read.
This is a classic "Body Snatchers" story. Not to say that is bad, it's actually a pretty fun story. It sets up the eerie mood right from the start. But it's not just a creepy story, you get to see a real friendship grow between the two characters. The only thing holding it back is that is sticks tight to the "Body Snatcher" story arc and is fairly predictable because of it. However it is well told and expertly handled. The artwork is very stylized, you could say cartoony. But the characters are very expressive and the storytelling is always clear. If you are familiar with the Scott Pilgrim books, it is similar. Don't be fooled by the art though, at first I thought this would be a good book for little kids, but there are some mildly disturbing images and some coming of age stuff that may not be good for the littlest of ears. It is a young adult book after all. Reviewer: Chris for Book Sake The story starts off giving you a short glimpse of what's to come and then it creepily moves on from there. The parents are seduced by the idea of their children doing something, anything more than what they are doing right now and when the kids get to the camp, they start seeing the changes in the other kids as well. This "body snatchers" story is a bit odd and quirky and for those that haven't read the similar storyline before it will be something new and different in the way of graphic novels for them. This is definitely not a superhero graphic novel, which I appreciate. All of the art is well done and following the story along was always easy. Sometimes I have trouble figuring out which word balloon I should be reading next, but everything flowed perfectly in this one. This should be a fun one for young readers that are looking for an offbeat read. Reviewer: Jessica for Book Sake
The book I just read was brain camp. It was very awesome for me. The book has a lot of detailed things in it. It was written by like three different people their names are Susan Kim Laurence Klavan, and Faith hicks. The three main characters are Lucas, Jenna, and Dwayne. That's the first paragraph. So if like comic movies or boooks this is he one for you. my favorite parts when ythey go the woods and find that abandon hous eor shed or something. then they looke into the window and the kids are all weird looking. so if you really want this book very bad GET IT!!!!