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Author Jeff Miller presenting nerdy heroes to students for Right to Read Week

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: March 19, 2017 12:03 AM
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HUDSON -- Not just one nerd, but a dozen will be visiting a couple of district schools and even paying a visit to the Learned Owl Book Shop.

Author Jeff Miller, originally from Kent and currently living in Chicago will be one of the featured guests during Right to Read Week.

Miller will give a presentation, discuss creative writing, talk about being a writer and share excerpts of his series "The Nerdy Dozen" with students.

"They are action adventure comedies, like 'Top Gun' for 10 year olds with video games," Miller said. "They are designed for reluctant readers because I used to be one as well."

The books follow the adventures of Neil Andertol, 13, who is a hero in video games but not in life.

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The title came to mind while I was watching "Stripes" and the "Dirty Dozen," Miller said.

Neil and his 11 best friends he has yet to meet are the only ones who are skilled enough, due to their video game expertise, to save a top secret fighter jet, the pilot and the world.

The first book was released in 2014 with the latest released last year.

Miller will hang out with students at East Woods Elementary School March 21 and 22 and McDowell Elementary School March 23.

"I try to write about positivity," Miller said. "And I try to encourage kids to keep reading and writing."

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Miller's first book "The Dog Who Enjoyed Skateboarding On Cars" was written when he was in fifth grade.

After graduating in 2002 from Kent Roosevelt, Miller attended the University of Cincinnati.

Miller has visited other schools in the area, but this will be his first visit to Hudson City Schools.

"If anyone I have visited in the past few years wants to come out and say 'hi' Monday, I'd love to see you -- and keep creating and sharing," Miller said.

Miller will be at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St. in Hudson March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a book signing.

"'The Nerdy Dozen' is great for boys and girls," according to Kate Schlademan, owner of the Learned Owl Book Shop. "It's got funny stuff but also interesting sciencey stuff too. It's a really fun and quirky book series for kids."

For more on Miller visit www.harpercollins.com/cr-108071/jeff-miller.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

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