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
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!!!!