Check It Out!: New Youth Fiction



Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman

Gabe has been looking forward all year to returning to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, aka Nerd Camp, while his cool stepbrother Zack attends a nearby sleepaway camp. But a wildfire forces the two camps to share the same space, and suddenly Nerd Camp becomes a geek’s nightmare when these two very different worlds collide.




Cartboy Goes to Camp by L.A. Campbell

Hopelessly hapless Hal Rifkind, a.k.a. Cartboy, is off to summer camp. And not just any old camp, but history camp. Campers have to learn how to churn butter, plant maize, and carry water from the stream–or they get punished for not doing their chores. What else could possibly go wrong for Cartboy?





Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters by Mark Tatulli

Desmond has been waiting his whole life for this day. It is the sixth-grade field trip to Crab Shell Pier, home to the awesomely fantastic Mountain Full of Monsters ride, and Desmond has one goal: convince Tina Schimsky to ride it with him. But once inside the amusement park, Desmond finds that executing his master plan will be no simple feat.




Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (An Origami Yoda Book) by Tom Angleberger

In this final book in the series, the seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School and their Star Wars-inspired Origami finger puppets go on a field trip to Washington, D.C., on what proves to be a very long trip full of shifting alliances, betrayals, carsickness, and sugar rushes.