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The Nerdy Dozen, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spy-kid series kicks off with goofy plot, high-tech fun.

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THE NERDY DOZEN, debut author Jeff Miller's first book in a new series, is a campy, over-the-top adventure that's well suited to reluctant readers and newcomers to the spy-kid genre. It's clumsily constructed, with flabby writing, hammy characters, and plot holes big enough to fly a jet through. Kids who don't mind the bumpy going will enjoy the silliness, and fans of online games will enjoy Neil's dream-come-true story. The best scenes put Neil at the controls, whether it's in front of a screen or in a cockpit. Each of the Nerdy Dozen previously played solo at home, but when the stakes are high they need to forge real connections and work together.

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Book Details

  • Author: Jeff Miller
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publication date: June 10, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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