Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind ... by Andy Robb

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind ...

Written by Andy Robb
Part of the Geekhood Series

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June 2012 Debut of the Month. Witty and tender, Geekhood captures the complexities of teen life and especially the transformation of Archie. Archie’s interests have always been distinctly geeky; mostly he hangs out in the Hovel, a centre for games played with miniature models where he and his friends spend hours choosing new characters and the paints to colour them with. It’s not a place that usually attracts girls… But one day, Archie meets a Beautiful Girl and she’s interested in joining a game! Can Archie manage still to play games and to hang onto the girl? Will the Beautiful Girl lead him away from his geeky life? Can he keep his interfering step-father out of the picture? Archie tells his roller coaster journey brilliantly.

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Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind ... by Andy Robb

If you haven't worked it out yet, girls don't do this. They don't come to the Hovel. They don't like goblins and dragons. They don't paint miniatures. They don't play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don't talk to Geeks like me - especially if they're pretty. And this girl is pretty.

What do you do if you're a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you... For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover... run for the hills... buy a new model elf... Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it's time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl's heart and shake off his Geekhood for good...


“This book makes being a geek sound pretty cool to me” - True Blood’s Stephen Moyer

“It’s a hugely fun read whether you’re au fait with ogres or horrified by hobgoblins and may just be one of the sweetest love stories of the year.” Katie Clapham, Storytellers, Inc. blog

“Loved it! Don’t know what to say but, blimey, that was my life! Who am I kidding, it still is!” Sarwat Chadda, author of The Ash Mistry Chronicles

“It’s Adrian Mole for the Geek generation.” Laura Heath, Sister Spooky blog

“Whether you’re a geek looking for some advice, or just like laughing at other people’s misfortune, this is the book for you!” George, age 13

“A fantastic exploration of hanging on, letting go and fitting in. Geekishly good stuff.” Guy Bass, author of Stitch Head

“Geekhood is funny and insightful. Archie is a thoroughly engaging character who conveys all the awkwardness of a teenage boy’s first encounter with girls.” Alpha Wearing, We Love This Book

“Anyone who enjoys a laugh-out-loud, witty and moving insight into a geek’s life will love this book.” Lorcan, age 12

“This is a funny, heart-delighting and utterly real tale that will have you punching the air. Get ready to embrace your Geekhood!” Liz Bankes, blogger and Armadillo reviewer

About the Author

Andy Robb

Andy Robb was born in Devon. Once he realised that he was too short to be taken seriously as a costumed hero, he decided to spend as much time as he could playing make-believe. After training as an actor, he went on to appear in stage plays, TV dramas and films, including 'The Woman in Black' with Daniel Radcliffe, released in 2011, and 'Coronation Street' (as Brian Tilsley’s murderer). Whilst acting Andy wrote a number of pieces for stage, television and radio before a chance encounter with best-selling author Alex Garland inspired him to start writing fiction.

Geekhood is his debut novel. Andy lives on a house boat on the Thames.

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Stripes Publishing, an imprint of Magi Publications an imprint of Magi Publications

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1st June 2012




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