Books

Jeff is the author of THE NERDY DOZEN series, from HarperCollins. These books are about video games, friendship, top-secret aircrafts, positivity, and ostriches.

The Nerdy Dozen #1

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Neil Andertol is a hero. . . . Just not in real life.

In video games, Neil—or as his online friends know him, ManofNeil—is a superstar. He’s only one spot away from the top score on Chameleon, the cool new jet-flying game where the plane supposedly goes invisible at the highest level. But while ManofNeil can take out a whole squadron of enemy planes, regular Neil still gets picked on by the class bully. Until now.

When Neil mysteriously wakes up at an undisclosed military base along with eleven other kids, he learns that Chameleon isn’t just a game—it’s the training simulator for a real fighter jet! Now the Air Force needs the kids’ help piloting its jets on a top-secret rescue mission. Can Neil put his gaming skills to the ultimate real-life test? Because this time Neil isn’t just playing for points—he’s playing to save the world.

The Nerdy Dozen #2: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

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Out of this world!

Neil Andertol never thought playing video games would make him a real-life hero. But then his favorite game, Chameleon, turned out to be the training simulator for an actual fighter jet, and Neil and the eleven other high scorers of the game were recruited to fly a top-secret rescue mission for the United States Air Force.

Now it’s been four months since Neil and his friends saved the planet, and the thirteen-year-old supernerd is back to playing video games . . . except that after piloting the real thing, he finds that even Chameleon has lost its spark. So when NASA begs for Neil’s help, he says yes in a nanosecond.

This time, rescuing humankind means heading into outer space. A supersecret spacecraft has been stolen, and NASA needs the best pilots in the universe to get it back—the Nerdy Dozen. It’s a race against time to stop an earth-shattering disaster. Can the twelve geeks save the day again—or will it be game over?

The Nerdy Dozen #3: 20,000 Nerds Under the Sea

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Can the nerds handle the high seas? It’s anchors aweigh for this motley crew of middle grade, video-gaming heroes. In the exciting third book of the Nerdy Dozen series, Neil Andertol and his friends are in for their toughest mission yet!

Neil and his crew have reunited at Reboot Robiski’s video-game convention in order to try the brand-new underwater game Captain Jolly’s Shark Hunt. Except that their win only leads to trouble.

Neil, Sam, and Biggs are captured by the real Captain Jolly, who needs their video-game skills so she can destroy the world. As they embark on an underwater adventure, can the Nerdy Dozen save the day before everything is KO’d?