GEEKTASTIC

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This fantastic collection features a stellar lineup, including Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, Garth Nix and John Green. The funny, sweet and bittersweet tales address various facets of geekdom, including, but not limited to, role-playing, gaming, quiz bowl and passionate interests in dinosaurs, astronomy and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Black and Castellucci imagine what might happen if a Jedi and Klingon fell in love in "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way." In "The King of Pelinesse," by M.T. Anderson, Jim visits his favorite author -- who may have had an affair with his mom. Felicity learns that baton-twirling skills don't necessarily win friends in "Everyone but You," by Lisa Yee. A future paleontologist takes down her school's mean girl in Barry Lyga's "The Truth About Dino Girl." (Little, Brown, Aug., 416 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780316008099, HC, 12 and Up)

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Stephanie Klose