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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Embrace Your Geekness Day

It's Embrace your Geekness Day! We here at YA Reading List hope that you embrace your geekness every day, but who doesn't like an excuse to flaunt it?

    

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. This short story collection of all things geeky includes things by authors like Sara Zarr, Libba Bray, MT Anderson, John Green, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, and Cassandra Clare.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins. This book looks at the geeks in high school-- and how even though their teen years were rough, they have truly shined in adult hood--because of their geekiness.

Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer. Ralph's parents have strong rules against wishes. Then one summer he discovers why-- in his family, wishes have a habit of coming true, but never in the way you expect, or want. When Ralph's and his cousins' wishes go awry, it's up to them to save themselves--geeky Ralph knows video games and computers, but now he's trapped in an odd fantasy world, trying to save lives.

    

Notes From An Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne. Elsie's dad plays French Horn with the Boston Symphony. Her grandfather was also a noted horn player. Elsie also plays and wants to live up the standards they set, but in order to get into the music camp of her dreams, she needs to broaden her musical resume-- Elsie's joining Marching band.

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance. Bethany is a wallflower geek girl who somehow makes the varsity cheer squad. The team has a very thick rule book, but the guide doesn't cover any of the issues that Bethany needs covering to deal with her new-found social status.

From Geek to Goddess by Cathy Hopkins. Gemma's being sent away to a ritzy boarding school, where she doesn't fit in. Luckily, she is chosen to be a Zodiac Girl, so for 1 month, she gets all the help she needs--from Greek Gods and the planets come to life! But will it be enough for this Gemini girl? Part of the Zodiac Girl series, follow it with Recipe for Rebellion.

    

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga. Donnie's the geeky scrawny kid who's always getting picked on in dodgeball with the gym teacher never noticing, or caring. The only real comfort he gets is from reading comic books and drawing his own. Then, one day, the goth girl, Kyra enters his life and everything changes. Be sure to check out the sequel, too Goth Girl Rising.

Theater Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor by Mickey Rapkin. Spend a summer at Stagedoor Manor-- the theater camp that has launched careers like Lea Michele and Natalie Portman.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Mia has hair that looks like an upside down yield sign, wears Princess Amidala underwear, and spends a lot of time writing Battlestar Gallactica fanfiction and being tormented by the popular girls at school. And then her father tells her that she's heir to the throne of a small European Principality and so she has to learn how to be the perfect princess. And quick. The first in a series, follow it with Princess in the Spotlight.

I also feel like I would be remiss if I didn't mention Fangirl, which comes out in September.

What are your favorite geek reads? How are you celebrating your geekness today?

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1 comment:

  1. I read through the list hoping that somewhere there's a YA novel about carnival geeks -- sideshow performers who would bite the heads off of live chickens and drink their blood for the delectation of the audience. (I'm guessing these performers were not very high up in the carnival staff hierarchy). The subject is gritty and depressing enough that you know someone's working on one :). (The only novel I know of which contains any carnival geeking is Robertson Davies' "World of Wonders" which is excellent and could certainly be appreciated by teenagers, but isn't YA within the meaning of the act).

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