Friday, 25 September 2009

NERDS by Michael Buckley

From Amazon: Here is a terrific new series featuring five unpopular students who run a spy network from inside their elementary school. With the help of cutting-edge science, their afflictions are enhanced and transformed into incredible abilities. Working as a team, they become the latest members of an elite organization whose origins are shrouded in mystery and have included such members as Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman and Bill Gates. The latest incarnation of N.E.R.D.S. must battle an array of James Bond - style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical than the last.

NERDS (National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society) is a brilliantly fun book that younger readers will love. It includes action, adventure, and a group of trained eleven-year-old spies with an array of super cool powers and skills.

Each character has a codename and an upgraded power, for example: little Gluestick loves glue, and has the ability to stick to anything he chooses. It may sound daft at first, but it's a valued advantage to the members of NERDS, and helps them out of many a sticky situation (sorry, couldn't resist). Together the group fight the evils of elementary school, as well as the dangerous masterminds hellbent on taking over and destroying the world.

NERDS is full of humour and lively characters, and is a lighthearted read for people of all ages; not just its target market of the 8-12 age range. The artwork included in the book provides a great visual for the reader, and definitely helps when imagining the oddball spies and their many adversaries. I was easily caught up in the fast-paced story, and by the end of the book, I was quite tempted to join NERDS myself, though unfortunately I don't think I'm the right age. I hope those readers who haven't yet reached (or even thought about) their twenties will have better luck than me!


Luisa said...

Oh wow, great review! I know a certain little boy who might enjoy this. I'll look out for it. Thanks!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I want to read this! It sounds like such a fun book.

Becky said...

This is definitely one to add to the library stock. I think the boys will love it! Thanks you are saving me so much time!

Lenore said...

My friend's daughter would like this! I will have to tell her about it.

Anonymous said...

I love it!