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National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Nerds Book One)
by Michael Buckley and Ethen Beavers


Overview - Michael Buckley is at his comic best in this madcap new series sure to appeal to kids looking for a quick, exciting read.

Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, NERDS , featuring a group of unpopular students who run a spy network from inside their school, hits the mark.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Michael Buckley is at his comic best in this madcap new series sure to appeal to kids looking for a quick, exciting read.

Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, NERDS, featuring a group of unpopular students who run a spy network from inside their school, hits the mark. With the help of cutting-edge science, their nerdy qualities are enhanced and transformed into incredible abilities They battle the Hyena, a former junior beauty pageant contestant turned assassin, and an array of James Bond-style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical and more ridiculous than the last.

F&P level: V

Praise for NERDS
"An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek take on the world of superheroes and villains. The pacing is quick and the action is plentiful--kids will almost hear the sound effects as they read. 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."
-School Library Journal

"The unique format of this book, combined with the imaginative and playful storyline, will appeal to many readers."
-Children's Literature


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810943247
  • ISBN-10: 0810943247
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 306
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Series: Nerds (Hardcover) #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 59.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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