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National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society


NERDS (New York, N.Y.) ;
National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
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New York : Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, [2009]
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306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

NERDS (New York, N.Y.) ; 1.
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While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their enhanced abilities and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.
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NERDS : National espionage, rescue, and defense society.


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JUV F BUCKLEY B#1 New or Popular Book
JUV F BUCKLEY B#1 New or Popular Book

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The excitement of international espionage combined with the awkwardness of elementary makes for non-stop laughs in NERDS, the hilarious series from New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley!

Meet the NERDS, a team of eleven-year-old super spies:

Duncan "Gluestick" Dewey: He's a paste-eater who can stick to walls.
Ruby "Pufferfish" Peet: Her allergies help her detect danger and dishonesty.
Heathcliff "Choppers" Hodges: He controls minds with his buckteeth.
Julio "Flinch" Escala: His hyperactivity gives him super speed and strength.
Matilda "Wheezer" Choi: Her inhalers enable her to fly and blast enemies.
Jackson "Braceface" Jones, the new recruit. This metal mouth is the team's go-to gadget guy . . . if only he can get over becoming a NERD.

Can this team of misfits save the world from their secret headquarters in the basement of their school? Can you read NERDS without laughing? Go ahead and try!

Author Notes

Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio in 1969. After graduating from Ohio University, he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo. He writes The Sisters Grimm series and the N.E.R.D.S. series. After working for David Letterman he moved into a television production job where he worked on documentaries. Michael Buckley and his writing partner Joe Deasy have created an animated series for Cartoon Network called Horrorbots.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Launching a new series, Buckley (the Sisters Grimm books) offers a charming and funny tale of underdogs saving the day. Jackson Jones, a cool kid at Nathan Hale Elementary School, suddenly finds himself ostracized when he's saddled with 14 pounds of highly magnetic orthodonture ("Friends turned their backs when he walked by. Teachers cowered in the lounge, hoping to avoid eye contact"). With no social activities to occupy his time, he starts snooping around school and uncovers its secret: it's the undercover hideout of NERDS, a secret group of underage spies. Even more shocking, the NERDS are the biggest outcasts in the entire school, their allergies and eccentricities turned into assets. Though the spy kids concept is a familiar one in print, TV and film, Buckley has a flair for exaggerated humor, throws in some nice touches (including a peevish security system that interacts with readers) and wisely presents the NERDS through the eyes of Jackson, who spends much of the book denying his own social ostracism. Even the more broadly drawn archetypes are fleshed out, making this a perfectly fun and clever read. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Jackson Jones is the coolest kid in his school, and he enjoys tormenting the nerds. After he is fitted with braces, however, he becomes a social outcast, and it's only then that he discovers that the geeks at his school are part of an elite espionage unit, NERDS. The school's nerds aren't eager to let him in on their operation, but their adult leaders insist, and Jackson is soon involved in the fight against an evil genius, who is attempting to shift major islands as part of a plan to upset the earth's plate tectonics. Buckley joins the current craze for novels featuring kid spies with this witty send-up. There are lots of stereotypes here: the nerds come with buck teeth, many fashion faux pas, and an array of allergies. Still, this fun adventure is sure to attract followers, who will look forward to the sequels promised at the novel's end, and Beavers' comic-strip style illustrations add further appeal.--Morning, Todd Copyright 2009 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek take on the world of superheroes and villains. Jackson Jones, 11, transitions from Mr. Popular to complete loser in the time it takes to be fitted for braces with headgear. He soon happens upon the underground headquarters of a group of outcasts called NERDS, who, with the help of technology "upgrades," turn weaknesses like allergies into superpowers, fighting crime in secret until the age of 18. While trying to escape, Jackson himself is accidentally upgraded-his braces become equipped with tiny nanobytes capable of morphing into any object. Asked to join the NERDS, Jackson quickly learns that not everyone wants him around-especially those he used to pick on. Unity must come quickly, however, to foil the evil Dr. Jigsaw, whose mission to reunite the continents of the world will lead to massive destruction. The absurd story line humorously hits on some oft-ignored topics-what is the difference between a goon, a henchman, a minion, and an assassin anyway? Readers will delight in these unexpected touches. The pacing is quick and the action is plentiful-kids will almost hear the sound effects as they read. The book itself is treated as a top-secret NERDS case file, complete with increasingly ridiculous security-clearance requirements (thumbprint, saliva sample, money). Angular, black-and-white illustrations highlight main characters and pivotal moments. NERDS brings a worthy message to the fore-that uncool kids can grow up to be anything but. Funny, clever, and thoroughly entertaining, this title should be popular.-Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.