The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

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When self-proclaimed geek girl Bethany becomes the newest member of the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there’s one thing worse than blending in to the lockers: getting noticed. Who knew cheerleading was so hard? Well, at least there’s a manual. Too bad it doesn’t cover any of the tough questions like: What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party? And how do you protect your best friend from the biggest player in the senior class? Bethany is going to need all her geek brainpower just to survive the season!
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Charity Tahmaseb was a 2003 Golden Heart finalist, and one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author, with Darcy Vance, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Minnesota. Visit her at

Darcy Vance's essays on family life have appeared in regional newspapers and her first novel was a finalist in the Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. She is the co-author, with Charity Tahmaseb, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Indiana. Visit her at

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Simon and Schuster
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May 19, 2009
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Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Dating & Relationships
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / General
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