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Author: Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Illustrator: Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malle

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: paperback

Summary: From gaming to "Cons" this anthology covers all facets of geekdom. The stories are character driven (no pun intended) and explore relationships - online, offline, in character and beyond. This collection of 15 short stories by young adult authors will appeal to teens who struggle with reading (high interest / low readability)

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 11 and Up; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 4.9

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The diversity of stories make it likely that readers will find at least one story that appeals to them. For me, that wasn't easy. The writing is exceptional in ALL of the stories, but the plot qualities varied. Some had great stories and would appeal to readers who like these authors, but may not be gamers. For others, the terms of art and references were too narrow. I'm sure there was humor there, but because I don't have expert-level knowledge, I found the story boring and missed the jokes.

Pros: There's more than one way to be a geek! The variety of short stories in Geektastic gives readers insight at different 'levels.' (pun intended)

Cons: Non-gamers and readers with merely surface knowledge of science fiction / fantasy shows, movies, and books may find Geektastic frustrating.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.


Educational Themes: There are innumerable references to movies, books, and television shows. Some geeks may have fun counting up references or extracting some of the age-old arguments.

Notes: Short story contributors: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.
The Reading Tub received an advanced reviewer edition of this book at BookExpo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, young adult, anthology

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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