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N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"...[T]he inventive details, story and made-up futuristic technology will keep pages turning." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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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Behind every great superhero is a very angry younger brother.

Luke Parker was just your average comic book fan until his boring, teachers pet, helps-old-ladies-across-the-street brother Zack got turned into a superhero. Luke cant believe the unfairness of it all—hes the one with the encyclopedic knowledge of everything from Ant-Man to Wolverine! At least he can help Zack—aka Star Guy—with all the important parts of becoming a superhero, like using his newfound powers and deciding whether or not to wear a cape.

But when Star Guy gets into super-size trouble, its up to Luke—and his nosy neighbor, Lara—to rescue his big brother and, with a little luck, help him save the world.

Synopsis:

A virus has infected the Arlington, Virginia, home of the NERDS headquarters, and its much worse than your run-of-the-mill flu. Instead of coughing and sneezing, the victims of this voracious virus are transformed into superintelligent criminal masterminds. Soon nearly everyone—including some of the NERDS team—is plotting to take over the world. With more people breaking out into evil cackles every day, its up to Flinch, the hyperactive superspy with a sweet tooth, to stop the virus. Flinch will have to miniaturize himself and take a fantastic voyage through supervillain Heathcliffs body to fight white blood cells, stomach acid, and a nest of nasty nanobytes in the hope that he can save the world from the Villain Virus.

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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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gaby317, December 2, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)

Fifth grader Jackson Jones of Arlington, Virginia was very, very, very, very, very, very very, very popular at Nathan Hale Elementary School. Head of his PeeWee football team and with a catchy touchdown dance, Jackson was so popular that his fellow students copied his every move. Jackson and his friends had a particular game - catching and tormenting the many nerds that populate Nathan Hale Elementary School. Jackson orchestrated and executed spitwad attacks, "purple nurples, blistering pink bellies, cruel charley horses, nasty noogies" and atomic wedgies - just for fun.

But when Jackson's visit to the dentist leads to major braces, his life changes dramatically. He's soon a nerd himself. His old friends pick on him. And the nerds he'd picked on want nothing to do with him. Lonely, Jackson passes the time trying to uncover the many secrets at Nathan Hale Elementary School.

His greatest discovery is the existence of NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, a secret government agency composed of the most elite and successful secret agents. Billions of dollars in research and scientific support have given these elite agent amazing physical and techonological powers. For NERDS, the government has recruited the only group not afraid of technology - children. The team is made up of the same nerds and geeks that Jackson had enjoyed tormenting during his popular days!

The NERDS are made up of: Matilda with the inhalers that can be used as rockets or a blow torch. Melinda turns out to be a gifted killer who can use any household item as a deadly weapons. Bucktooth Heathcliff can use his front teeth to hypnotize anyone and force them to obey his commands. Junkfood addict Flinch has superhuman strength, partly linked to his huge consumption of candy and sugar. Ruby with the rashes and hives turns out to be highly sensitive to falsehood - she is a human lie detector. Duncan, the paste-eater, who can stick to walls and trap enemies with his special glue. Jackson's braces are upgraded with billions of dollars of nanotechnology - so that they work like transformers and can do anything that he can picture in his mind! The NERDS travel on the "School bus" a super rocket.

Jackson wants to be one of the NERDS so badly. He doesn't understand the antagonism - his fellow agents seem to dislike him no matter what he does. When Jackson recognizes how he'd been a jerk to the NERDS, he tries to make it up to them as they work together to figure out the sudden spate of kidnappings and natural disasters.

Further complicating things for Jackson is the appearance of the former child beauty pagent winner and professional assassin, Mindy (a.k.a. the "Hyena").

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society is witty and action-packed. The description of the elementary school social hierarchy and taunts was particularly well done. It's sure to be a huge hit with young readers - whether they're girls or boys!

Publisher: Amulet Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2009), 336 pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810943247
Author:
Buckley, Michael
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Illustrator:
Beavers, Ethen
Author:
Biggs, Brian
Author:
Fujita, Goro
Author:
Bransford, Nathan
Author:
Scieszka, Jon
Author:
Richards, C.J.
Author:
Jennings, C. S.
Author:
Hamilton, Kersten
Author:
Beavers, Ethen
Author:
Solomons, David
Author:
O'Donnell, Tom
Author:
Hamilton, James
Author:
Ferraiolo, Jack D.
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science & Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series:
Frank Einstein
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 BandW illustrations
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 0.75 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 192 pages Amulet Books - English 9780810943247 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "...[T]he inventive details, story and made-up futuristic technology will keep pages turning."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , The first book in aand#160;fast-paced newand#160;historical fantasyand#160;series narrated by a daring dachshund and brimming with mad science.
"Synopsis" by ,

Ten-year-old George Gearingand#160;and#160;is a whiz with mechanics, butand#160;it'll take all his talent and the help of hisand#160;friendsand#160;Anne and Jackbot to save the day when all the robots in town go wild. This action-packed adventure launches a fun, futuristic newand#160;series for middle-grade readers.

"Synopsis" by ,
Behind every great superhero is a very angry younger brother.

Luke Parker was just your average comic book fan until his boring, teachers pet, helps-old-ladies-across-the-street brother Zack got turned into a superhero. Luke cant believe the unfairness of it all—hes the one with the encyclopedic knowledge of everything from Ant-Man to Wolverine! At least he can help Zack—aka Star Guy—with all the important parts of becoming a superhero, like using his newfound powers and deciding whether or not to wear a cape.

But when Star Guy gets into super-size trouble, its up to Luke—and his nosy neighbor, Lara—to rescue his big brother and, with a little luck, help him save the world.

"Synopsis" by , A virus has infected the Arlington, Virginia, home of the NERDS headquarters, and its much worse than your run-of-the-mill flu. Instead of coughing and sneezing, the victims of this voracious virus are transformed into superintelligent criminal masterminds. Soon nearly everyone—including some of the NERDS team—is plotting to take over the world. With more people breaking out into evil cackles every day, its up to Flinch, the hyperactive superspy with a sweet tooth, to stop the virus. Flinch will have to miniaturize himself and take a fantastic voyage through supervillain Heathcliffs body to fight white blood cells, stomach acid, and a nest of nasty nanobytes in the hope that he can save the world from the Villain Virus.

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