Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: Geektastic

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. (Grades 7+)
Little, Brown, August 2009. Review copy provided by publisher.

Attention quiz bowl contestants, MMORPG'ers, Scoobies, and Trekkers: this book is for you! Which is not to say that you have to speak Klingon to enjoy Geektastic. There are as many kinds of geeks as there are books in the library, so Geektastic has a little something for everyone.

I didn't enjoy every single story, but there were many that I really enjoyed. I particularly enjoyed David Leviathan's story "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" about a high school boy who only joined the quiz bowl team because he has an unarticulated crush on one of the guys on the team. When the team goes to a huge competition, Alec doesn't take it as seriously as some on the team, but he'll find out that things aren't always what they seem.

I also really liked "The Stars at the Finish Line" by Wendy Mass about Tabitha and Peter, academic competitors since they were nine years old and both said they wanted to be astronauts. When Peter tells Tabitha about a stargazing event, she immediately wants to put the Messier Marathon on her CV, but Peter has ulterior motives for getting Tabitha out under the stars.

I mean, with such hit authors as M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, John Green, Lisa Yee and more, this is a must-have for any teen collection. And since there's something for everyone, this is a collection you shouldn't miss.

Read more reviews at Boing Boing, Pink Me, and A Chair, A Fireplace, & a Tea Cozy. And you won't want to miss Alvina Ling's Beyond the Book: Geektastic post if you want to get the scoop on how she acquired Geektastic and what went into its editing and packaging. Also check out the PW Cover of the Week article.

And good news! Little, Brown is providing two copies for me to give away! You know you want to win one, so leave a comment on this post to enter. Become a follower (and post a separate comment telling me you did so) to get an extra entry (or if you're already a follower [thank you!], post a separate comment letting me know and you'll get an extra entry). Link to this post (and post a separate comment telling me you did so) to get an extra entry for every link. You have until September 1 to enter.

Best of luck!

50 comments:

Kelly J. said...

Being commenter #1 feels like bad luck, but here goes nothing, right?

Thanks for hosting this one!

kellybjensen //at\\ gmail.

Anne said...

Ooooh. I have been waiting for this book to come in off our book order at work. I think my sister would love it. At her baby shower this weekend, someone gave her the Nerdy Baby ABCs.

I am already one of your followers, so... don't know what to do about that.

Abby said...

Oh, Anne, good point! I just tweaked the rules, so if you post a separate comment saying you're a follower you'll get your extra entry. Thank you!

Mystica said...

I know someone who would love this book.

Please count me in.

Mystica

Whitney said...

I've been wanting to read this!

Whitney said...

And now I'm a follower as well!!

jpetroroy said...

I've been wanting to read this for ages!
Thanks!
JenP
jpetroroy@gmail.com

jpetroroy said...

I'm also a follower.
JenP
jpetroroy@gmail.com

jpetroroy said...

I tweeted at https://twitter.com/jpetroroy/status/3536045801
JenP
jpetroroy@gmail.com

Tiffany said...

This sounds like such a great book, I can't wait to read it. td.ssch AT gmail DOT com

Tiffany said...

I am also a follower!

Jill said...

I was just looking at this book in the bookstore a few days ago!

Also, I had to look into Nerdy Baby ABCs, and I LOVE it! So great!!

Sue said...

My son will love this one. Thanks for sharing!

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

librarian pirate said...

I am #3 on the hold list! I've been anxiously awaiting that book as I am a quiz bowl contestant (in high school - our Academic Team was UNDEFEATED all 4 years I was on it!), an MMORPG'er (WoW), a Scoobie, and a Trekkers (but I'm old school and prefer to be considered a Trekkie).
suziannabean at gmail dot com

librarian pirate said...

AND I follow you. Because you are the coolest librarian blogger ever.

librarian pirate said...

and (because I am so excited about this book) I tweeted you as well!

http://twitter.com/librarianpirate/status/3537741089

suziannabean at gmail dot com

etirv said...

I would like to be entered!

I'm already a follower!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this one.

+1 follower

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Melissa said...

Oooh. Want. This. Book. (My inner Geek does, anyway.)

(Do I really need to post a second comment saying that I follow and <3 you already?)

Sarah said...

I am so excited to read this book!

sholtakmp(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Liz said...

GREAT Contest!!
I've been wanting to read this book for awhile!
-Liz

liztapioka14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Liz said...

I'm already a follower!
-Liz

liztapioka14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Liz said...

I posted this contest on my sidebar! lizdoglover.blogspot.com
-Liz

liztapioka14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Megan said...

This book looks great!
Megan
mearley@twinlakes.k12.in.us

Cathy Ensley said...

Would love the book. I am new to blogging, was planning to subscribe to, or follow, yours, and this gave me even more incentive. Thanks.

Cathy Ensley said...

I became a follower! (comment #2)

Cathy Ensley said...

I posted about your contest, and linked to it, on my blog:http:// wordsworldandwings.blogspot.com. Comment #3

Cathy Ensley said...

I added your blog to my newly formed blogroll. Comment #4. Thanks!

Cat Fancy said...

Yea! This book looks so awesome!

jennifer.leveck at gmail.com

Cat Fancy said...

I also tweeted about it!

Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
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Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
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Katterley said...

Entry post! This book sounds SO cool!

Katterley said...

Follower post! I'm a new follower, through Google Reader. I found you through the Blue Rose Girls blog.

Ooh, my word verification to post this comment is "lurfe." That sounds so geeky I feel it's a sign from above. *sighs in satisfaction at the Fates' favor* lol, j/k

Ms. Yingling said...

Oh, I'm going to have to read this one, both as a geek as well as the mother of geeks!

What a Girl Reads said...

Sounds like a funny book!

sara
sosarora_11(at)hotmail(dot)com

What a Girl Reads said...

I'm already a follower :)

Sarah said...

I definitely want to win!

riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

Thanks to the publisher for providing the extra copies.

Sarah said...

I'm already a follower, btw.

riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

sounds like a great book! thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

I'm also a follower - thanks!

Erin said...

I'm really looking forward to readning this one - Count me in!
erinwal [at] gmail.com

Erin said...

...plus 1 for being a follower. :)

Genevieve said...

I'd love that!!

Tarie said...

I would love to join this contest!

+1 for commenting
+1 for following

Thanks, Abby!

peteredmundlucy7@yahoo.com

Kelly J. said...

I'm a follower (I commented before the tweak) AND I tweeted @ twitter.com/catagator

Sarah said...

I posted about this in my sidebar. +1 I guess?

riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

Kat said...

Ooh, really looking forward to this one!