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N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)by Michael Buckley
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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.
The thrilling intergalactic adventures of four kids in space—as told by Chorkle, a hilarious alien!
It all happened because of Feeneys Original Astronaut Ice Cream. Those accursed pink bars entranced me with their sugary magic! But I digress . . .
Life on Gelo was fine until the hair-headed humans” arrived. They invaded our peaceful asteroid with their loud drill machines and their endless greed, stealing our precious Iridium to take back to their weird looking blue-and-green planet.
Then the mothership took off and four little hair-heads were marooned here. Danny, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus are actually pretty cool. They have awesome gadgets like hologram games and rocket bikes, and they can pilot starships!
But theres plenty the junior humans dont know, like how to fight a ferocious thyss-cat or ride a giant usk-lizard. Theyre decidedly terrible at dealing with my stink-gland. And they definitely dont know how to combat our terrifying rival aliens, The Vorem!
Luckily the Earthlings have me, Chorkle, and all five of my eyes to look after them.
If only I knew how to help them get back home . . .
Jacob Wonderbar must have hit a time warp on his way home after losing the election for President of the Universe, because fifty years have passed on Earth. What's worse, during that time the entire Astral society has come under threat of destruction, and it's up to Jacob to make things--including time itself--right. So, with the unlikely help of Mick Cracken, Jacob time-hops through the universe with Sarah Daisy and Dexter, encountering dinosaurs, Napoleon, and bad '80s fashion in their search for the one person who can help them--Jacob's father.
Buckle your space-belts, the third book in the Jacob Wonderbar series proves that time travel is all fun and games until someone gets stuck in the wrong century!
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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