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Einstein may have been able to uncover government plots and survive seventh grade, but will he be able to save himself and his fellow campers from a terrifying fate?
Einstein, a 13-year-old Twinkie addict/blogger, is dreading his upcoming stay at Camp Creepy Time, even though the brochure shows gourmet meals, horseback riding, and a sparkling lake. Of course, his clueless parents believe the claims of this glossy leaflet, so they send him off and look forward to a carefree summer alone. For Einstein, though, things get very creepy very quickly, from campers in monster costumes to a godforsaken location (the ramshackle buildings are surrounded by a vast desert full of nocturnal predators) to evil staff members who serve horrible food and dispense mysterious salt tablets, which have hideous consequences for the campers. The authors have a way with words and are on target for the type of sarcastic humor that will amuse some children. But the plot structure just seems to pile events on top of events, with no rhythm or dynamic sense and deteriorates into a hodgepodge of monsters and aliens. Einstein's main emotion seems to be resentment, making it hard for readers to relate to him. Without an emotional core and much focus, the book makes one appreciate those who do this type of story well, such as Bruce Coville and Daniel Pinkwater. Suggest Kate Klise's Letters from Camp (Avon, 1999), whose villains are both subtler and scarier.
—Lauralyn PerssonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted October 23, 2009
This story fits right in with the "spirit" or essence of Halloween-and I once thought that the legendary Camp Grenada(from the song "Letter From Camp") had a lot of problems. This book is one of my personal favorites!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2008
Einstein P. Fleet has already logged hundreds of hours trying to blow the whistle on baddies. Through his popular blog, The Smoking Peashooter, Einstein manages to spread the word on all sorts of conspiracy theories, and he's even had a lawsuit pending against him since the fourth grade, all thanks to ¿The Wilson Incident.¿ <BR/><BR/>Naturally, he questions his parents' motives for sending him to a remote summer camp for eight agonizing weeks, with no Internet access and a limited supply of Twinkies. From the moment he steps on the bus and sees every other camper in a monster costume, Einstein worries that perhaps this particular camp may be much more difficult to deal with than any normal one would be. <BR/><BR/>Unfortunately for him and his unsuspecting parents, his fears are well-founded¿<BR/><BR/>Chock full of werewolves, vampires, mummies, giant spiders, and greedy mobster aliens, this book provides the same brand of entertainment as a classically cheesy monster film. Highly recommended for reluctant readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2007
Original, intelligent, out of this world.... Summer camp in the Mojave Desert? Aliens, monsters, werewolves, ghosts, strange experiments? Einstein P. Fleet, the protagonist, is an original - likeable, endearing, pathetic and heroic all at the same time. At times, I literally laughed out loud! A great read to share with the kids or an opportunity for you to revisit your days at sleep away camp. I highly recommend this quirky and cleverly written novel. Cudos to the Gershons!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.