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The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller


THE ENEMY FIGHTER JETS SURGED PAST NEIL ANDERTOL, soaring over desolate, sandy terrain. Neil glanced out either side of his cockpit window. Two planes from his own squad were flying parallel to his. 

“Those our last ones?” Neil asked.

“Roger,” said the pilot to his right. “They took out our other guys. It’s just us three now.”

Neil firmed his grip on the flight controls….

“Neil Andertol!” bellowed the voice. Neil concentrated on the hum of his aircraft and the rhythmic beeping of his missile targeting system. He positioned himself directly behind the enemy jet and locked onto his target.

“Three, two-“

Then, suddenly, everything went black….

Jeff Miller’s The Nerdy Dozen is the story of thirteen year old Neil, who along with eleven other kids, joins a top-secret mission. Their quintessential gaming skills are what the Air Force requires. Leaving their virtual world, Neil and his friends get out into the real world and fulfill their flying dreams. They also use their skills to save the world!

The Nerdy Dozen and the two subsequent books, Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind and 20,000 Nerds Under the Sea, are sure to appeal to the adrenaline junkies of today. Video games; Secret Mission; The Ultimate Annoying Sibling; Shared Injustice Amongst Kids; it all comes together to keep the young ones glued to the books and away from their controllers and screens!

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

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About artikabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as,,, She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at .

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