Friday, November 23, 2007

Geek High - Piper Banks

Geek High
Piper Banks

Young Adult

Up until the moment she began attending Notting Hill Independent School for Gifted Children, Geek High to attendees, math genius Amanda Bloom felt like a complete social outcast. This might have something to do with the fact that her parents called her the ‘human calculator’ and called on her, as a small child, to entertain party guests with her little ‘trick.’ But when Miranda got to Geek High, she discovered something both amazing and disconcerting. In this age of computers and PDAs, being able to do complex math problems in your head is almost useless. So, while she’s undeniably a math genius, her gift maybe makes her the least-geeky geek at Geek High.

And there’s a new blog making the rounds at Geek High. No one knows who’s writing it, but it promises to out some pretty juicy secrets about both students and teachers. And, within the first few weeks of school, it does just that by revealing that a certain student got into Geek High not on merit, but because of parental involvement. Since Amanda just had a fight with this student, the headmaster suspects her of writing the blog. She didn’t, but she’s pretty sure she knows who did. And, despite the school’s honor code, she’s not going to start naming names and get one of her best friends tossed out of school.

Because of her refusal, the headmaster imposes a terrible punishment. Amanda will be in charge of planning the dreaded Snowflake Gala. This event is always a huge snooze, but attendance is mandatory. And this year, everyone will be able to place the blame for their boredom at Amanda’s feet, unless she can pull off the impossible.

Anyone who has ever been to high school will identify with Amanda. The fact that she’s a genius doesn’t make her any less of a regular girl when it comes to friends, boys, family, and social life. On top of everything else, she has to deal with living with her estranged dad, step mom and stepsister. That’s enough to try anyone’s patience; throw in the fact that the stepsister is dating the boy of Amanda’s dreams, and it’s almost unbearable. The trials faced by Amanda will be familiar to any girl in her teens and beyond. I hope to see more of Amanda and her friends in the future.

Rating: 7
November 2007
ISBN# 978-0-451-22225-1 (trade paperback)


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