Gamer Girls: Gnat vs. Spyder

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Pub Date 31 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
Andrews McMeel Audio, Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Thirteen-year-old Natalie lives a double life. By day, she’s an average eighth grader at Golden Trails Middle. At night, she’s Gnat112, a streamer for her favorite video game, Alienlord. But when the new girl moves in next door, will Natalie's double life be revealed?
Natalie has a secret. She's a gamer.

By day, Natalie is an average eighth grade student. At night, she's Gnat112! Living a double life is hard . . . and keeping a secret from your friends is even harder.

In this middle grade book (the first of an all-new series, Gamer Girls), Natalie and her three BFFs learn to navigate the gamer world together, one girl at a time. This series is a great read for gamers and gamer enthusiasts of all kinds. Plus, there's the occasional middle school drama . . . if only Natalie could battle math teachers like video game aliens!
Thirteen-year-old Natalie lives a double life. By day, she’s an average eighth grader at Golden Trails Middle. At night, she’s Gnat112, a streamer for her favorite video game, Alienlord. But when the...

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EDITION Other Format, Unabridged
ISBN 9781524885854
PRICE $7.99 (USD)
DURATION 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

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Brilliant I loved this audiobook so much it was such a cute read and brilliant for young gamers who want to see themselves represented in books

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Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Audio, Andrews McMeel Publishing for the audiobook version of this book. Everything I write is of my own personal thoughts, feelings, and opinions. I am in no way affiliated with or compensated for my review.
I listened to this audiobook with my grade school child. This was her first chapter audiobook and she really enjoyed it. She said she wants to listen to it again and again until the next book in the series comes out.
the book is about a group of friends that do not know each other like the world of gaming. Natalie is a really good gamer and is well known in the gaming community. When a new person moves next-door to her she right away calls Natalie out for being this amazing gamer- Natalie doesn't know how to react as she has kept this a secret. Everything works out in the end. It is a good book to teach kids .

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<3 This was quite an enjoyable #audiobooking experience. The cover art got it all wrong IMO, the language was for a more mature audience. The cover led me to believe that this was for grade school kids. I love the #girlpower message and the mentioning of gender identities and smashing the stereotyping of traditional gender roles. The narrator's performance was quite impressive and kept me engaged throughout this after school special drama. I highly recommend it for teen girls but it makes for a quick entertaining and relatable read for any gender or age. <3
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Omg I loved this!! It’s a middle grade story about gaming, friendship & being yourself. The mc is a secret gamer girl, she spends every night battling her online nemesis at a pvp game but is too scared to tell anyone about her favourite hobby incase they judge her. But when a new girl who also games moves in next door & they start to get close, she soon realises that maybe she doesn’t have to hide it like she thought. Most of the story is her battling with this but the ending was definitely my favourite part.

The whole story was just such an easy and wholesome read. I wish I could’ve had a book like this when I was 13 as it would’ve 100% made me feel less alone. I highly recommend!!

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I was excited to listen to this audiobook with my daughter, who is an avid gamer and recently discovered her love of audiobooks on a family road trip. This review includes feedback from both of us.

Gnat vs Spyder is a great audiobook that kept us engaged through the whole book. We really enjoyed the message about being yourself and surrounding yourself with people who value that. It was also fun to see a gamer girl in a main character role that wasn't heavily supported by a male sidekick.

However, we both struggled with the idea of any modern kid hiding that they're a gamer. My daughter's friends are all gamers and spend more time hanging out on Roblox and Minecraft than they do in real life. It took me longer to move past that plot point than it did for my daughter though!

Overall, this is a great read for kids who may be feeling the pressure to choose interests based on a herd mentality and hide parts of themselves, even if it's not gaming. We'll definitely pick up more books in this series in the future!

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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* This was acute book, good for any gamer kids! This is certainly a book aimed at kids of todays age lol

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC audiobook.

Eighth-grader Natalie has a secret: she is a Gnat112, a talented gamer whose game of choice is Alien Lord. While Natalie sometimes enjoys having a secret life and identity, she also wants to become a streamer, but her fear of judgement from both internet trolls and her peers keeps her from revealing her secret identity to anyone but her encouraging big sister Dylan. Her secret is threatened, however, when a new girl named Lucy moves in next door and introduces Natalie's friends to the world of gaming.

This middle-grade novel is a fun read, and reveals how different growing up is in the era of social media influencers and content creators. Andrea Towers has written a story accessible to gamers and non-gamers alike, ripe with realistic middle grade relationships, and effortless inclusion of diversity, Gamer Girls was a joy to listen to and I would recommend it to any child (middle-to-upper elementary age) who enjoys gaming.

The audiobook reader was engaging, and the audiobook included game sounds and noises to accompany specific moments in the book that children will find entertaining.

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Gnat vs. Spyder was very cute and fun! It was pretty fast-paced which I would consider good for a middle-grade book so that it keeps their attention. I loved the gamer girl aspect and I feel like this is a niche that has more people in it than material to choose from so a book simply being about gaming will give it bonus points for me. I appreciate that this book has background diversity that is just the norm for Natalie. as an older sister, the side plot where her older sister finds an apartment was sad to me. Still, I appreciate that the older sister was able to keep Natalie in her life. The audiobook narrations were done very well and I thought the little sound effects and voice effects were adorable and helped make the audiobook more engaging which, again, for a middle grade reader that's an important facet of a good book. Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars, would definitely recommend it to any middle grader!

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This was such a fun middle grade book. Girls can play games too for sure. I love Natalie. I love the friendships. There was a lot of character growth in this one. Natalie learns to be herself and grow up some. I will definitely be reading more in this series. I loved the narration. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Audio for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

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