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The Nerdy Dozen Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Miller, Jeff
ISBN: 0062272632     ISBN-13: 9780062272638
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $6.29  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2015
Annotation: Recruited by the Air Force after hacking into a classified military training program, Neil Andertol and his video-game buddies pilot what they believe to be an Air Force simulator to find a missing jet and rescue two endangered pilots. Simultaneous eBook. 40,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Video games; Fiction.
War games; Fiction.
Airplanes, Military; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015008550
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Nerdy Dozen
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 6.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 292 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 167847
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q70840
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 12.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Neil, a.k.a. ManofNeil, is a superhero when it comes to playing video games. In real life, however, Neil is considered a loser, the target of the class bully. Things change when Neil is recruited for a top-secret mission and must join forces with other superstar gamers to save the world. Contemporary tweens will relate to this fast-paced, accessible adventure.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 April #1)

Thirteen-year-old Neil Andertol may get picked on by the school bully, but he gets to be the hero in his favorite online video game, Chameleon, a fighter jet simulator. Even better, the game leads Neil to help the Air Force find a real Chameleon jet—it turns out that Chameleon is actually a classified training device for high-level pilots. With those pilots missing, Neil and 11 other young gamers try to save them and the high-tech plane. After whipping through training, Neil and the other top-guns-to-be, including a competitive kid named Trevor who Neil gets stuck being co-pilot for, head off in the remaining Chameleons to complete their mission. Video game–like action sequences give the fast-moving plot unexpected (and often funny) twists. Neil is a wry, relatable narrator whose gaming obsession will resonate with like-minded readers. The premise of Miller's debut novel is over-the-top, and that's the point—it's an entertaining dreams-do-come-true sort of novel for kids who, like Neil, find empowerment easier online than in real life. Ages 8–12. Agent: Joelle Hobeika, Alloy Entertainment. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 May)

Gr 5–8—Neil Andertol, 13, is an expert at video games, especially Chameleon, rumored to be a leaked military/flying simulator. While his eight-year-old sister competes at a karate tournament, Neil gets dropped off at his archenemy's house for the weekend. Unable to withstand the bullying from Tommy and his cronies, Neil heads home, only to be captured by the Air Force. Major Jones gathers him and 11 other kids who live vicariously through Chameleon. They embark on an important mission in which they will train to pilot real planes and locate a stolen jet. They soon find themselves on a remote island with a whopping dilemma. Harris, a frenzied video-game millionaire, has taken the plane in an attempt to steal the Chameleon's invisibility technology, the most advanced in the world. With the help of the island's natives, Neil and his friends use their video-gaming skills to thwart Harris's sinister plan. With a great variety of characters and their changable degrees of weirdness, the plot is well developed. Part action and part slapstick, the book will be savored by fans of video games and those interested in military aviation. However, reluctant readers might lose interest in the unusual occurrences of virtual ostrich racing and aviation lingo.—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ

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