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    Geek Girl: Model Misfit – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a model.  I know I’m a model because: Its monday morning, and I’m wearing a gold tutu, a gold jacket, gold ballet pumps and gold earrings. My face is painted gold, and a long piece of gold wire has been wrapped around my head. This is not how I normally dress on Mondays.  I have a bodyguard. The earrings cost so much I’m not allowed to go to the toilet without a large man checking my earlobes afterwards to make sure I haven’t accidentally flushed them.  I haven’t been allowed to smile for two hours. Every time I take a bite of…

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    Geek Girl – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek. I know I’m a geek because I’ve just looked it up in the Oxford English Dictionary. I drew a little tick next to all the symptoms I recognise, and I appear to have them all.”  Harriet Manners knows a lot of things, she knows that cats have 32 muscles in each ear, that the average person laughs 15 times a day and bats always turn left when they exit a cave. But there are many things Harriet doesn’t know like why no one at school, other than her best friend Nat, likes her and she doesn’t know anything about fashion.…

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    Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd – Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

    In this fantastic collection of stories Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have collaborated with other YA authors such as John Green, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Garth Nix and others, to help celebrate all things geeky. From a Jedi/Klingon love affair to a Quiet Knight who comes across his fair lady in the strangest of circumstances, from a class joke on the geeky guys to a star gazing marathon, all these stories will settle in your heart and make you appreciate live for how you are living it.  *** I really, really enjoyed a lot of these stories. I wasn’t sure after the very first one that I would as it…

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    Geek Girl – Cindy C Bennett

    “’Think I could turn that boy bad?’ My two best friends – my only two friends really – Ella ad Beth follow my gaze and laugh. We’re sitting on the outskirts of the cafeteria, outcasts physically and socially. We’re proud of this. We strive for this. ‘Trevor Hoffman?’ Beth scoffs. ‘No way, Jen.’” When Jen makes a bet with her friends that she can turn geeky boy Trevor into a bad boy, the goth girl thinks it’ll be an easy task which should complete just around the time she wants to get kicked out of her current foster home. The winnings will see her best friends pay for her new…

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    Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits are taking over the world – Leslie Simon

    What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word. In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys–they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time. “Geek Girls Unite” is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the…

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    Geekhood: Close encounters of the Girl Kind – Andy Robb

    “There are better ways to wake up. One would be to be nudged into consciousness after a night of Abandoned Passion with Katy Ford. (But, short of selling my soul on eBay, any form of Abandoned Passion will have to remain on a solo flight.)” Archie is a geek; he spends his life holed away in his room painting miniature witches and gargoyles. He is a level 5 Mage capable of summoning the dead, but thats only in the world of role-playing games. in real life he’s a fourteen year old boy with problems, his mothers a know-it-all, his fathers dropping a bombshell, his stepfathers a Tosser and he’s got…