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N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)by Michael Buckley
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"...[T]he inventive details, story and made-up futuristic technology will keep pages turning." Kirkus Reviews
Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, this exciting new series by a New York Times-bestselling author is the story of a secret spy society made up of fifth-grade misfits who use their unique nerdiness to fight crime. Illustrations.
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Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.
But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things.
Praise for Sidekicks
“Scotts present-tense narration keeps pedal to the metal from start to finish, and readers will be quickly won over as the two super-strong, super-fast, super-likable protagonists face both inner conflicts and a Dark Knight-ish villain as deeply psychotic and scary as he is super powerful. Look for more twists than a pretzel factory and a possible sequel.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A delightfully clever take on superheroes with this unpredictable adventure. Engaging territory as Ferraiolo reveals the storys true depths.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An exciting, lightning-paced superhero plot that is also a thoughtful examination of superheroism.”
-The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books
“Ferraiolo starts the cape-flying action right from the opening pages. Ferraiolo is delightfully unafraid to inject irreverence into the superhero formula, adding plenty of humor to the high adventure high jinks.”
When videogame obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him.and#160;and#160;Willand#160;he be able to save his friends and family and the entire worldand#160;from giant mechanical cockroaches and a massive cyber attackand#160;set to take down the world's network?and#160;and#160;And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?
and#160;and#160;and#160;From the comedic mind of Joe Schreiber (Lenny Cyrus School Virus, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist), comes anand#160;action-packed Alex Rider-meets-Greg Heffleyand#160;middle grade romp that grabs readers by the funny bone and doesn't let go!and#160;Illustrated throughout with black and white comic drawings byand#160;Andy Rash.
About the Author
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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