Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty Someone New by Anne Sibley O'Brien        
Willa of the Wood
Meet the author
Robert Beatty
(Ages 8–12)
Someone New
Meet the author
Anne Sibley O'Brien
(Ages 5-8)

Elissa Brent Weissman

Dear Reader,

When Nerd Camp came out in 2011, it wasn't yet cool to be a nerd; at least not for Gabe, who hides the geeky details of his summer from his cool stepbrother, Zack. I'll admit Zack was mostly there to drive Gabe's conflict. I was shocked to hear readers loved Zack; they wanted to see more of him.

For NERD CAMP 2.0, I knew Zack couldn't stay backstage. This summer, he's at his own camp — which ends up sharing a campgrounds with Gabe and the geeks. With that setup, the conflict built naturally. But a nerd like me writing from Zack's cool perspective? That was a challenge.

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  p.s. ALSO IN MAY, look for The Short Seller — about a 12-year-old girl who plays the stock market — in paperback!

"Along with authors like Andrew Clements and Julie Bowe, Weissman has established herself as an author who tells the stories of real-life, relatable kids, defying stereotypes and sharing experiences that are the kind of everyday drama that readers will identify with." —
Nerd Camp 2.0 / Elissa Brent Weissman / Atheneum Books

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1442452947 / Published: May, 2014

Ages 8-12 / Middle Grade Fiction