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Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Miller, Jeff
ISBN: 0062272667     ISBN-13: 9780062272669
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: November 2015
Annotation: Eagerly agreeing to help NASA after tiring of simulated flying games, thirteen-year-old supernerd Neil and his friends head into outer space to reclaim a stolen super-secret spacecraft.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Space vehicles; Fiction.
Video games; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015051330
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Nerdy Dozen
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.40 lbs) 260 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 174030
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
In this action-packed sequel, Neil and his nerdy dozen use their gaming skills to help NASA locate a stolen spaceship. This fast-paced adventure is full of quirky characters (including a chimpanzee named Boris) and obstacles to overcome (e.g., monster polar bear). Space and gaming fans are sure to delight in this imagination-stretching story.

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

Gr 5–8—A top-secret spacecraft, the Newt, has been stolen. With the help of the nerdy dozen, Neil "Astronaut" Andertol, are recruited from NASA to bring it safely back home to planet Earth. Before using their video gaming skills to smoothly navigate the Fossill, a spacecraft, they must pass a few basic training obstacles, including boarding the Vomit Comet. Andertol is chosen to lead the NASA nerdy dozen crew, along with a chimpanzee in a jumpsuit named Boris. While flying into space with little training in a spaceship full of space bananas, Andertol and his crew face several stumbling blocks, such as running away from a monstrous Polar Bear on a Yeti Bobsled inflatable raft and meeting a scientist's kid trapped in a space-bubble-community. Time speeds up as they learn Q-94, the world's most dangerous asteroid, is headed toward Earth. Neil is a born space explorer, and astronomy fans will surely enjoy the story. The short time span of the novel does stretch plausibility. However, there is a great assortment of characters with varying degrees of weirdness, gaming abilities, astronomical jargon, silliness, and, most importantly, a clear mission. The characters are quite interesting and well developed. Middle school students who enjoyed Michael Buckley's "NERDS" series (Amulet) and Dan Gutman's "Genius Files" (Harper) will most likely get a kick out of these books. Reluctant readers who are into online gaming and astronomy will find this an easy action/adventure read.—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ

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