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  • Published: New York : First Second, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 151 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Graphic Novel

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  • Lexile: 250

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  • 9781596433663 (pbk.)
  • 1596433663 (pbk.)

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  • Graphic
    Novel

Brain camp

by Kim, Susan, 1958-

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Call number: Teen Graphic Novel / Kim, Susan

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, Malletts Teen

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Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.

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Great art, but...

Both Jenna and Lucas, chronic underachievers, find themselves shipped off to the Camp Fielding, which promises to mold "losers" like themselves into instant brainiacs. It doesn't take long for the pair to realize that the camp is too good to be true, as strange disappearances, overnight personality changes, and disgusting bird corpses define their days. Fighting against the warping of their own minds, they team up to investigate.

While the art of the book is bright, crisp and well-defined, the plot does not have the same distinction. A message at odds with the initial appeal of its protagonists and an overall lack of clarity undercuts the story. One might expect the kids to triumph over the camp counselors through their unique strengths as people, thus postulating that academic achievement isn't the only measure of a person's worth. Instead, they only manage to beat the strange system through a mix of hormones and artificially created smarts administered by the camp itself. Their victory has a ring of hollowness to it, because they had to undergo an unnatural personality overhaul in order to achieve it. The motivations for, and mechanics of, the grotesque changes caused in the campers remain vague, to the point where it's unclear whether Jenna and Lucas have really saved anyone from anything. However, the book's art, excellent pacing, and startling twists bolster its quality, making for a solidly enjoyable reading experience.

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