GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES
October 1, 2012, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
ISBN 0545335485 (ISBN13: 9780545335485)
Order it at Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and, you know, other places that are not on the internet.
My debut novel, GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES, is available now! Here’s the official blurbage:
Vincent Wu is Captain Stupendous’s No. 1 Fan, but even he has to admit that Captain Stupendous has been a little off lately. During Professor Mayhem’s latest attack, Captain Stupendous barely made it out alive – although he did manage to save Vincent from a giant monster robot. It’s Vincent’s dream come true… until he finds out Captain Stupendous’s secret identity: It’s Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent happens to have a crush on.
Captain Stupendous’s powers were recently transferred to Polly in a fluke accident, and so while she has all of his super strength and super speed, she doesn’t know how to use them, and she definitely doesn’t know all the strengths and weaknesses of his many nemeses. But Vincent and his friends are just the right fan club to train up their favorite superhero before he (she?) has to face Professor Mayhem again. And if they make it through this battle for the safety of Copperplate City, Vincent might just get up the courage to ask Polly on a date.
This isn’t actually MY book, but I’m a contributor – my piece is called “Regarding Your Commendable Decision to Live,” and it’s a bit of a departure from my usual frenetic, faux-megalomaniacal writing style. It’s quite personal, in fact. I’m very, very proud to take part in the Dear Teen Me project – it’s an important and meaningful thing. Here’s the blurbage:
Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends–and a lot of familiar faces–in the course of Dear Teen Me.