St. Charles Herald-Guide

Summer Book Reviews

Special to the Herald-Guide - June 25, 2008

Geek High by Piper Banks is a teen novel that follows the life of Miranda Bloom, a student at Nottingham Independent School, which is filled with gifted and high IQ intellectuals who refer to the school as "Geek High."

Math-mastermind Miranda, nicknamed "Human Calculator," cannot fit into the genius-filled "Geek High." She is cursed with problems that simply cannot be solved by using math.

Her mother flies off to London and leaves her with her father who has a new life of his own with Miranda's malicious stepmother and vexing stepsister.

She is head-over-heels for a boy who falls for her stepsister, and Miranda also gets blackmailed into planning the school's dreaded Snowflake Gala.

As the school year progresses, bad evolves to worst before it ever becomes magnificent.

Geek High is a welcomed addition to my collection of favorable books. It is funny, exciting, and has a satisfying ending. I look forward to the sequel.

Stefania Lee, a graduating senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High, is a member of AFJROTC, National Honor Society, Beta, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, marching and symphonic band, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Girl Power. She plans to attend Georgia Tech to major in biomedical engineering and minor in Spanish. She enjoys volunteering, competing and crafting.

Editorís note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.

Summer Book Reviews