Middle School Monday | Nerds by Michael Buckley

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (NERDS, #1)
Format: Hardcover, 316 Pages
Published: Sept 1 2009
Genre: Adventure, Spy
ISBN: 9780810943247
Age Range: 10+
Rating: 3/5
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.
I found this book difficult to get into, but mostly because I’m an adult and I don’t buy into the gimmicks they used to try to get the reader’s attention at the beginning of this novel. It starts with you having to scan your finger to prove your identity, but then it asks you to remove the booger and try again. For me, this isn’t that funny. For a 10-year-old boy though, I’m sure this would be a hoot!
NERDS (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society) is about a group of children who come together to save the world. These children are all social outcasts because of their quirks, it is these quirks though, that make them special enough to form a team of kid geniuses.
The beginning of this book was a little dry for me, a lot of character development with very little story. It was almost confusing how all the pieces were going to fit together. However, when all the pieces do come together it makes for one fun adventure. This book, about a bunch of geeks, dweebs and misfits is exactly what some kids need to escape. Jackson starts off as the most popular kid in school, that is, until the braces happened. As he starts to settle into the invisible life he notices some kids who are often disappearing in class and seem to simultaneously sneeze all at the same time. As he follows the kids one day, he watches them all close themselves in lockers… and so it begins.
You must have level 4 clearance to read the rest of this file. Yes, that is exactly what it tells you as the book continues. The gimmicks are silly, there is a lot of bathroom humour but the boys will love it. I will definitely start recommending this series to the reluctant readers in my life, and I think you should all give it a try too. Just make sure you give it a fair chance. I almost put this book down within the first 1/3 of the book but I’m glad I stuck it out.

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