Nerdy Children's Books

As The Captain and I work on our baby registries, I've begun looking for nerdy and exciting books for our baby to read both with us and without us (as they grow up).  In standard Exquisitely Geek Family fashion, I began my search with mine and The Captain's fandoms at heart, and I found an exciting literary treasure:


Notice anything exciting?  That's right the John Barrowman is a co-author of this book!  After finding it, I remember that he discussed it at his panel at Dallas Comic Con in 2012 when Vastra and I first premiered our duo CosPlay.  From what I can remember, his sister had been writing books for a while (with moderate success) and he agreed to help her write the book because she believed his name would boost sales.  The good news is that John didn't just let his sister use his name, he contributed to the book artistically.  From what I've read of reviews, this book is meant for kids, but can be enjoyed by sci-fi enthusiasts of all ages.  I understand that it is the beginning of a trilogy, and some have said that it may be the next Harry Potter (that's a debate for another time).  If you're worried about the quality of the book since we know that Barrowman agreed to the project to help his sister, it may help to know that Carole is an english teacher.  Readers/reviewers agree that it is a surprisingly well put together story considering they all assumed the worst when seeing John's name on the author line.  Here's what the book synopsis states:

Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth—trapped unless special powers release them.
The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe—and survival might be a fantasy.

I don't know that it will be one of our baby's first books, but I may read it while I wait for our baby to become a self-sufficient reader! If you're interested in buying the book, here's a link to Amazon! What are some fantastic nerdy books that need to be in our baby's library?




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