NERDS: Bk. 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

NERDS: Bk. 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

Book rating: 05 Paperback Nerds (Paperback)

By (author) Michael Buckley

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  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 10 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0810989859
  • ISBN 13: 9780810989856
  • Illustrations note: 20 black and white Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 39,681

Product description

In this new middle grade series from bestselling author Michael Buckley, international espionage and the awkwardness of junior high combine in a hilarious new supergroup: the N.E.R.D.S. In the first book in the projected five-book series, five unpopular students run a spy network from inside their elementary school. Each of the kids is a complete social misfit with his or her own unique nerdy burden to bear. With the help of cutting-edge science, the kids' afflictions are enhanced and become incredible abilities. Working as a team, they are the latest members of the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, or N.E.R.D.S., which battles an array of James Bond-style villains each with an evil plan more diabolical than the last. Dr. Jigsaw, the villain in Book One, wants to use a giant tractor beam to pull all the continents back together. What's a few million lives versus a completed puzzle?

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Author information

Michael Buckley is the author of the New York Times bestselling series and Today Show Al Roker Book Club pick The Sisters Grimm. He has also written and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV Animation, the Sci- Fi Channel, the Discovery Channel, and VH1. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alison, and son, Finn.

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By TeensReadToo 20 Sep 2010 5

By early morning school day, they're your classic nerd. They have allergies, braces, buckteeth, asthma, and more. By the end of the school day, they're NERDS - super spies. Using their nerdiness to their advantage, they'll kick butt, solve puzzles, end crime, and save the world. All before dinnertime.

Jackson Jones was your typical jock and popular school bully. Then everything went downhill when he got braces. Now no one wants to be friends with him. Using his new nerd status to his advantage, he starts spying on kids in his grade, as well as on the teachers.

All is fun and games until he falls through a locker into the secret lab of the NERDS (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society). Now, his job is to save the world, keep his grades up, get his dad to accept him for who he is, and somehow get Mr. Dehaven, the principal, off his case about his sudden string of tardiness and falling grades.

Will Jackson survive being a NERD with powerful villains for enemies - or will life get the better of him?

This is a hilarious book that anyone who has ever been picked on will relate to. The plot is well-developed, the characters are entertaining, and the action is intense and fun to read about. Readers will enjoy the interactivity of the book from cover to cover - and will wish there was already a sequel to read.

*Gold Star Award Winner!