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  1. 4 out of 5

    Adam Bouzianis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “N.E.R.D.S.: The National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society” is a book written by Michael Buckley and it’s about a kid named Jackson Jones. Jackson was a popular kid, star athlete, but he was a huge jerk to anyone not in his friend group. But when he has to go get braces and headgear on because his teeth were in really bad shape, his entire world falls apart. Everyone starts making fun of him, and he is so embarrassed he stops playing sports. He ends up even being rejected by the "nerds" of “N.E.R.D.S.: The National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society” is a book written by Michael Buckley and it’s about a kid named Jackson Jones. Jackson was a popular kid, star athlete, but he was a huge jerk to anyone not in his friend group. But when he has to go get braces and headgear on because his teeth were in really bad shape, his entire world falls apart. Everyone starts making fun of him, and he is so embarrassed he stops playing sports. He ends up even being rejected by the "nerds" of his school. The five kids that Jackson picked on the most, Duncan, Matilda, Heathcliff, Ruby, and Julio end up being his best friends. He follows them one day after they are dismissed from class. He watches them each go into separate lockers, one by one. So, before the locker door shuts he jumps into one, finding himself sliding down a long tunnel heading to who-knows-where. He ends up landing flat on his face in front of the five people he bullied before. Except one of them was climbing on a wall, one was lifting a car, another was standing in front of a table of everyday things like pencils, forks, erasers (anything really) and using them to fight off people in masks. One was controlling a group of scientists, just by flashing his buck teeth at them. The last one was sitting very still (he uses his terrible allergies to create his psychic abilities). When he stood up everyone just looked at him. Then as a bunch of armed guards started chasing him, he ran throughout the underground facility trying to find a way out. When he found a slightly open door, he took advantage of it and jumped in. He was scared and he tripped over a cable falling into a dentist office chair. H was immediately strapped in and was knocked unconscious. When he woke up he was alerted by a voice, a computer, she told him about his upgrades, and what they were used for. Apparently the five kids doing crazy things was due to nanotechnology enhancing their faults and turning them into good things. Now Jackson was able to make robotic arms come out of his braces and head gear. The arms could shoot things out of them and had increased his strength. Since he now had the upgrades, he was a part of the spy team and there was nothing anyone could do about it. This book talks about his first mission with the N.E.R.D.S and how they are going to save the world together. My time reading this book was amazing. I loved every second of this book because it was filled with action, cool adventures, and awesome fight scenes. A quote from the book that relates to an essential question happens when Jackson is first accepted into the team. Wheezer says to Jackson, "That's your problem, Braceface. You judge others by what they look like. You've spent your life putting people into little categories-nerd, geek, athlete, cheerleader, weakling- and you can't imagine they might be more than what you think. People are always more than what they appear" ( Buckley). An essential question that goes with that Wheezer is said to Jackson is, "How does an individual's point of view affect the way he deals with conflict?" Braceface, Jackson, never really got to know people, he only saw the outside of them. His point of view affected the way he treated other people. He dealt with his problems by treating people he barely knew disrespectfully. I believe that if people got to know each other before they shut them down, then the world would be a better place. However, that is not a world we are going to see for a long time. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good underdog story and to anyone who likes a funny action/adventure book. I rate this book a 4/5 because I think Buckley should have given more of the kid’s backstories in the first book versus stretching it out throughout the book series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    "That's your problem, Braceface. You judge others by what they look like. You've spent your life putting people into little categories-nerd, geek, athlete, cheerleader, weakling-and you can't imagine they might be more than what you think. People are always more than what they appear." -Matilda (a.k.a. Wheezer) Jackson Jones rules elementary school. He's the star of the football team, receives decent grades, has a high popularity status, and a group of his own to call his friends. He spends his "That's your problem, Braceface. You judge others by what they look like. You've spent your life putting people into little categories-nerd, geek, athlete, cheerleader, weakling-and you can't imagine they might be more than what you think. People are always more than what they appear." -Matilda (a.k.a. Wheezer) Jackson Jones rules elementary school. He's the star of the football team, receives decent grades, has a high popularity status, and a group of his own to call his friends. He spends his days frequently on the field and playing pranks and raids on the nerds of his school. However, this all changes with a single dentist visit. He is told that he will now need braces due to the recent discovery of the abnormal amount of teeth that his mouth is harboring. Wearing awkward braces is not what cool people do, it's what "nerds" have. Forced to wear estranged headgear mounted on his face, he is quickly shunned by his peers and those so called friends he used to hang out with. He's now the object of his past associates' pranks, turning his life around in a complete 360 manner. Jackson's grades quickly drop, and all he does is "spy" to see all of the ins and outs of everyone at his elementary school, students and teachers alike. When his snooping leads him to a group of students that abnormally sneeze at the same time, prompting the five to leave their class in a timely fashion, he finds himself in an awkward situation. After chasing them down the school's hallway, Jackson hides in a locker when the principal comes walking his way. He can't afford to get in trouble for cutting class. It's at this time that he falls through the floor of the locker, taking him beneath the school, thanks to an elaborate system built by a group unbeknownst to him. It's at the end of this journey that Jones finds himself in a lab-like area, surrounded by scientists working on countless inventions. When he's spotted, he quickly runs into a room that locks behind him. At this time, people are trying to break down the door to get to the intruder, Jackson, while he is being assessed by some type of computer that's located in the room. Finding his weakness, his headgear, the computer system gives him the code name "Braceface." Jackson Jones has no idea what is going on, but he soon passes out in this same room. When he awakens, he has powers. Jackson is in the secret headquarters of the super secret spy group, N.E.R.D.S. (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society). It consists of a group of five eleven year old boys and girls who save the world on a weekly basis. No adults suspect children to be more than what they are, little kids who have no idea what's going on around them. This is what makes N.E.R.D.S. the ideal spy unit, a group of unsuspecting people who are tech savvy. Using special technology, these eleven-year-old students are able to utilize their biggest weaknesses as a formidable weapons. This is what happened to Jackson. He can now use his braces in strange new ways by imagining what he wants them to turn into and then using them to protect himself and fight enemies in their new form. The former jock decides to join the team of N.E.R.D.S which consists of Ruby ("Pufferfish) who is allergic to countless emotions, actions, and foods, allowing her to be, in a sense, psychic, Matilda ("Wheezer"), a fierce girl with asthma who can use her inhalers to fly and blast people back or create gaping holes, Duncan ("Gluestick") a sweet boy who devours large amounts of glue, allowing him to stick to walls and surfaces with his own paste, Heathcliff ("Choppers") a young lad with abnormally large teeth that can hypnotize people, and Julio ("Flinch"), an extremely hyperactive person that can gather all of the sugar he eats through a harness that gives him the abilities of super strength and high speeds. Jackson must train with all five of his eleven-year-old teammates so that he may become the best of the best, all while trying to observe their missions and make those he formally bullied turn to him as a friend. This is no easy task for any person, but Jackson Jones must do it before he is kicked off the team for good. Their current missions are to stop whoever or whatever is creating the current world crisis: the moving of the seven continents over great distances. Somehow, the land formations are being made to form what was once Pangaea. When the landmasses come together, they create giant disasters, killing countless people in the process. Will Jackson, a.k.a. Braceface, be able to be the hero he wants people to see, or will he fall short and be the bully he's been recently known to be? Countless middle graders will love this book and the rest of its companions in the series! It was fun, humorous, full of adventure, and an overall good read. There were two aspects that I really enjoyed in this book. The first one was how the six main children in this book were all unique and diverse. This created a great multicultural arrangement and an unforgettable ride for the reader. The second reason then tied into a theme that struck me multiple times while reading Buckley's excellent book: It's okay to be different. I think that this is a great message that so many people and children need to read more of. Sure, the bullying in this book was brief, but it was well addressed. When Jackson hurt Duncan, Ruby, Heathcliff, Julio, and Matilda, they were just some nerds who blended in with all of the rest of his school. However, when he spent time with them, he noticed that what made them nerds was unique to their personalities yet it also didn't define them. People are so much more than what they seem. This was what he learned after joining N.E.R.D.S. Jackson also learned that he didn't need to be a bully to be cool or to attract real friends. He just needed to be Jackson Jones. Teamwork was also important in Buckley's book. When the gang was fighting or not listening to what the rest were saying and/or doing, things went badly. They had to notice what everyone was doing to work like a well-oiled machine. The descriptions were done well, the plot wonderfully executed, and the writing was excellent! What was really cool about the book was how it was illustrated. It almost had the feel of a comic book but one geared toward middle graders. Of course, this was not what it was, it's indeed a full length novel. Buckley also threw in multiple changes in perspective. He went from the N.E.R.D.S. characters to the mysterious and crazy, villain. Full of intrigue and mystery, the ending contained a great twist that left you wanting the next installment. I recommend that all middle grade students read this. It's definitely worth it. You can see reviews like this one and more at http://knightingalereviews.blogspot.com/. (http://knightingalereviews.blogspot.c...)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colin V.B

    Me and a couple friends were roaming the book fair for the best book we could find. Besides from a couple of Justin Bieber books, we found N.E.R.D.S. When I first saw it I thought it was too good to be true! Because this cover was amazingly funny, and so was the book. Michael Buckley created a masterpiece. The plot idea was good and original that, surprisingly, kept you guessing. But what made this book funny was the characters. The characters in this book all have some problems that make them n Me and a couple friends were roaming the book fair for the best book we could find. Besides from a couple of Justin Bieber books, we found N.E.R.D.S. When I first saw it I thought it was too good to be true! Because this cover was amazingly funny, and so was the book. Michael Buckley created a masterpiece. The plot idea was good and original that, surprisingly, kept you guessing. But what made this book funny was the characters. The characters in this book all have some problems that make them nerds. But when they become part of the spy agency, then their problems get upgraded and they are all given code names. My favorite one is a guy named Gluestick. He eats paste, and now he can stick to walls. I also like flinch. He eats so much sugar, that now he just needs one candy bar to run as fast as a cheetah. I honestly thought this was going to be another bust of a book like Origami Yoda. But Michael Buckley writes like Anthony Horowitz in spy scenes, and like Jeff Kinney when he makes a joke.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kribu

    One star for the first 2/5, three stars for the last 3/5. It's been a while since I've got so close to just discarding a book not even halfway through but all in all, I'm glad I persevered - the last half, with less toilet humour and more plot, and with at least a couple of the characters developing some (if vague) actual characteristics beyond a description of their looks, was considerably better. Still, even with all that, I have to go with "it was OK" rather than "liked it" as my rating. Main One star for the first 2/5, three stars for the last 3/5. It's been a while since I've got so close to just discarding a book not even halfway through but all in all, I'm glad I persevered - the last half, with less toilet humour and more plot, and with at least a couple of the characters developing some (if vague) actual characteristics beyond a description of their looks, was considerably better. Still, even with all that, I have to go with "it was OK" rather than "liked it" as my rating. Main reasons: humour is highly subjective and the humour in this book didn't work for me, and I just cannot relate to the entire concept of "nerds" (also, I have a highly developed allergy for the word itself and loathe seeing it used anywhere, in any context).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Magalski

    How would you like to be the star of the schools football and the most popular kid at school. Well that was who Jackson Jones was at Nathan Hale Elementary School from N.E.R.D.S by Michael Buckley. Jackson was only friends with the popular kids from school and would bully all the other kids. Until one day he went to the dentist to get his teeth whitened and the dentist found out he had two sets of teeth and had to get a large head brace for his teeth. All of his friends stopped talking to him. So How would you like to be the star of the schools football and the most popular kid at school. Well that was who Jackson Jones was at Nathan Hale Elementary School from N.E.R.D.S by Michael Buckley. Jackson was only friends with the popular kids from school and would bully all the other kids. Until one day he went to the dentist to get his teeth whitened and the dentist found out he had two sets of teeth and had to get a large head brace for his teeth. All of his friends stopped talking to him. So he decided to spy and find dirt on all of his old friends. After he finds out stuff on them he gets bored with them and then starts to spy on the kids he use to bully because they always disappear randomly during class. One time he follows them and watch them go into lockers so he follows and discovers the N.E.R.D.S lab. Once discovered by the scientists he runs in a room with a large computer and it modifies his braces to a electronic brace doing whatever he can think of. Soon the N.E.R.D.S catch him and the main leader asks if he wants to join. Once they realize that there are about 10 scientists that got kidnapped they go out to protect the last scientist they might want once they get there they go in to save the scientist but then the Hyena(bad henchman) shows up to take the scientist and beats the N.E.R.D.S to it. N.E.R.D.S then go back to regroup. They then find another lead at a guy that used to work with Jigsaw(villain) that has information on him. But the hyena shows up and destroys the documents and the guys house. When everyone yells at Jackson telling him its his fault he quits and goes home. One day he goes to a old parking garage to find the Hyena following him and runs away but she stops him. She tells him that she can help him get Jigsaw. The next day thy show up at the secret lair but then get captured and put in jail cells. They then find a way to pick the lock and break out. When they get out they go to stop Jigsaw but find out one of the N.E.R.D.S agents is really a secret villain and they fight to break the machine they created and Jackson dives into the machine to break it and goes home and tells his dad about his story. This is very adventurous and fun you should read it for yourself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabriello

    I recently read a book called N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley. It is about a group of kids who have special ability that enable them to be spies. It’s a pretty good book, actually, I love it. I have also read Michael Buckley’s other series, the Sisters Grimm. Back to the book. There is also another book in the series (M is for mama’s boy) that came out in September. Also in the book, the whole is built for the kids, and kids were selected because grown-up agents didn’t know technology enough, so k I recently read a book called N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley. It is about a group of kids who have special ability that enable them to be spies. It’s a pretty good book, actually, I love it. I have also read Michael Buckley’s other series, the Sisters Grimm. Back to the book. There is also another book in the series (M is for mama’s boy) that came out in September. Also in the book, the whole is built for the kids, and kids were selected because grown-up agents didn’t know technology enough, so kids were both fearless, and great with tech. I definitely suggest N.E.R.D.S., ironically, the team in book one, to the school, they’re a bunch of nerds. The main character used to bully the nerds, but will he ever be accepted by the team? The main characters name is Jackson, and if he gets in to the team, his least favorite, but most accurate codename would be brace-face. Overall, I think it was a pretty good, but fun book that is like others, were kids rule. Also, I think the sequels going to be great. This book also reminds me of the show Kids Next Door (KND) on cartoon network.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J. Boo

    Received in a giant stack of youth books from a cousin who was heading off to college. DS#1 (nearly 7) read this on his own -- his first completed chapter book. (He had previously tried to read Moonraker, which inexplicably disappeared shortly after he mentioned to me that he was reading it. I need to wade through the bookshelves and make sure dicier volumes are inaccessible.) Anyway, DS#1 liked it a lot, and gives it many stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Connor B.

    I liked this book because it was a re-read and I was able to focus on the little details.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Can Jackson Jones survive falling to the bottom of the social ladder after geting a face full of braces AND losing his spot on the football team? Well, maybe- as part of an elite, top-secret spy group... there'll be action, adventure, cool gadgets, and nerds? What to do when your curiousity sends you to the inner sanctum of a group that can save the world- by using the very "nerdiness" that causes them, in their drab elementary school lives, to be picked on and avoided? Funny, action filled, gre Can Jackson Jones survive falling to the bottom of the social ladder after geting a face full of braces AND losing his spot on the football team? Well, maybe- as part of an elite, top-secret spy group... there'll be action, adventure, cool gadgets, and nerds? What to do when your curiousity sends you to the inner sanctum of a group that can save the world- by using the very "nerdiness" that causes them, in their drab elementary school lives, to be picked on and avoided? Funny, action filled, great characters. When the lockers send you to headquaters, and creamed corn hides tracking devices, THAT's a plot to hold you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    When grade school football hero Jackson goes in for a dental appointment and gets braces, he finds his popularity in free fall and his school life drastically changed. Jackson turns to spying on friends to discover why some are popular and some are nerds and discovers that his school conceals an elite group of spies, the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. When he sneaks into their headquarters, he gains superhero powers and becomes a member of the N.E.R.D.S. I enjoyed watching Jacks When grade school football hero Jackson goes in for a dental appointment and gets braces, he finds his popularity in free fall and his school life drastically changed. Jackson turns to spying on friends to discover why some are popular and some are nerds and discovers that his school conceals an elite group of spies, the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. When he sneaks into their headquarters, he gains superhero powers and becomes a member of the N.E.R.D.S. I enjoyed watching Jackson and his fellow spies learn from each other. Each had strengths beyond their superhero abilities, but they also had problems that had nothing to do with those abilities. Jackson learned the truth about his life as a football hero and had to face the consequences. I enjoyed the alternating chapters with the villain, who was having problems of her own. The superhero illustrations added to the book and were perfect for the story. I was totally unprepared for the twist at the end and look forward to the next book in this series.- Lynn H.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wandering Librarians

    Jackson is on his way to being the most popular boy at Nathan Hale Elementary. Charming, athletic, and good looking, Jackson Jones has it made. So what if he likes to pick on the weirdos and nerds that don't fit in? Jackson is doing the world a service by keeping them in their place. In a flash he is at the bottom of the barrel and he must find new pursuits, like observing (otherwise known as spying) his ex-friends, teachers, and peers and discovering all their secrets. The only ones that seem t Jackson is on his way to being the most popular boy at Nathan Hale Elementary. Charming, athletic, and good looking, Jackson Jones has it made. So what if he likes to pick on the weirdos and nerds that don't fit in? Jackson is doing the world a service by keeping them in their place. In a flash he is at the bottom of the barrel and he must find new pursuits, like observing (otherwise known as spying) his ex-friends, teachers, and peers and discovering all their secrets. The only ones that seem to elude him are five losers that are always getting out of class. By pure chance Jackson hides in a locker that he sees them sneak into and finds himself in a secret lair and discovers that these five geeks routinely save the world and have spectacular nano-technology abilities to help them: Mathilda Choi's asthma inhalers give her the abilities to fly and throw fire. She has exceptional fighting abilities and can use anything as a weapon. Heathcliff Hodges has huge buckteeth and can hypnotize anyone with them. Duncan Dewey loves to eat glue and can secrete a sticky substance from his pores allowing him to climb the walls and stick to anything. Julio Escala is ADD and harnesses his hyperactivity for super strength and speed. Ruby Peet is the team leader and is allergic to everything, including negative emotions and lying. They are not only united in saving the earth, nerdiness, and special abilities, but also their hatred of Jackson Jones. As everything seems to falling apart for the N.E.R.D.S. - with a new administrator and a douche bag new agent - they are put onto a new important case saving scientists and keeping Dr. Jigsaw from rearranging the continents. Will the agents be able to pull together and reevaluate their perspectives of each other and how they work to save the world? I listened to this in my car going to to and from work. This has an only adequate narrator, an agonizingly slow plot, and a main character that had my yelling at my stereo asking why he was such an unbelievable ass. I truly did not find anything redeemable about Jackson. I kept thinking that he got what he deserved by being left by his friends and beat up by the agents. What a jackass. The secondary characters were too weak to take up the slack, they were either one-dimensional caricatures or ridiculously unlikable. ALL OF THEM. I got fed up with the whole thing, about a third of the way through I just gave up and found the book and read the last two pages hoping against hope that I would be intrigued and go back and listen to the whole thing. Nope. No dice. The whole thing is bullshit, and I couldn't help thinking that I had wasted several hours of my life. It's all so unlikable! BLARGH! Don't read it, don't read the rest of the series, and I'm going to go as far as to say that you shouldn't read his other series The Sisters Grimm.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Jackson is the main character, he is one of the "cool kids." A star of the football team, revered by all of his friends and well a bully to everyone else. That is until Jackson ends up getting braces and becomes ostracized from his old gang. Jackson isn't used to being a social outcast or misfit, even the "nerd herd" is starting to look interesting to him. So, Jackson sets out to find out why things have changed so dramatically. He takes to following around his previous friends and finds that th Jackson is the main character, he is one of the "cool kids." A star of the football team, revered by all of his friends and well a bully to everyone else. That is until Jackson ends up getting braces and becomes ostracized from his old gang. Jackson isn't used to being a social outcast or misfit, even the "nerd herd" is starting to look interesting to him. So, Jackson sets out to find out why things have changed so dramatically. He takes to following around his previous friends and finds that they aren't as cool as he thought they were, and that everyone has some quirk that makes them different. Jackson also snoops on the nerds of the school realizing that he misses having a tight-knit group of friends and wants to see if he can find a way in. It's on one of these reconnaissance missions that Jackson unknowingly falls into the middle of the NERDS headquarters and discovers that the team is actually a secret organization that uses their weaknesses as strengths to "monitor the globe for danger and fight for the security of the world." Jackson becomes their newest recruit but things wont be easy, he's made a lot of enemies in this group of kids and finding a way to mend things proves tougher then he thought. Plus there is an evil doctor set on changing the map of the world by moving pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle. I found NERDS to be highly entertaining. Maybe because I just get boyish humor having seen my fair share of Nickelodeon shows. I liked the various code names and skills that each child receives after their nerdy qualities were "upsized." There was "Gluestick" (very sticky skin from eating to much glue), "Wheezer" (who uses an inhaler to fly), "Flinch" (with super strength and speed) and "Pufferfish" (a human lie detector that can determine danger and deceit). I like how Buckley didn't make things easy for Jackson to be excepted into the group. He really had to work at righting his wrongs. I also found the "baddies" of the story entertaining, Dr. Jigsaw and Hyena (the professional freelance assassin wannabe who is a kid herself). Having the chapters alternate between what was happening among the NERDS and the Lair of Dr. Jigsaw, until the two sides collided, kept the action going at a nice pace. Overall, would make a great read for an eight to twelve year old who likes spy stories with plenty of action.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A very hesitant three stars that was almost two, but I got drawn into the action enough by the end to enjoy it. I was very disappointed with the general execution of the concept, though, and generally found the humor much too low-brow for a book with a dedication that reads: For dorks, dweebs, geeks, spazzes, waste cases, and nerds everywhere. Someday you too will change the world. It's possible for "stupid" humor to be very intelligent and clever, but this wasn't it; it was much too simplistic. A very hesitant three stars that was almost two, but I got drawn into the action enough by the end to enjoy it. I was very disappointed with the general execution of the concept, though, and generally found the humor much too low-brow for a book with a dedication that reads: For dorks, dweebs, geeks, spazzes, waste cases, and nerds everywhere. Someday you too will change the world. It's possible for "stupid" humor to be very intelligent and clever, but this wasn't it; it was much too simplistic. Plus the protagonist wasn't really a nerd--Jackson is a popular bully jock from a line of jocks who discovers social castigation after massive dental work, braces, and headgear. He comes to regret his former ways once finally given insight into the life of outcasts, but if he's the character we're to identify with then one can only assume the book is aimed at popular bullies who need the same lesson in empathy that Jackson gets. Even then I never really felt an appreciation for intellect or other "nerd" passions, just a muddled message that making fun isn't nice. I can see the book's appeal and will probably recommend it some, but there are better options for those readers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine Crawford

    I was really disappointed in this book. It's about a cool kid at school who basically gets braces and so no one thinks he's cool anymore. He ends up becoming part of a group of nerds who are really secret agents with technology-based special powers. First of all, the ONLY character I liked in this book was the Hyena. Everyone else is one-dimensional and/or unlikable. The nerds are basically just walking stereotypes with no thought put into them. The powers they have are never really explained we I was really disappointed in this book. It's about a cool kid at school who basically gets braces and so no one thinks he's cool anymore. He ends up becoming part of a group of nerds who are really secret agents with technology-based special powers. First of all, the ONLY character I liked in this book was the Hyena. Everyone else is one-dimensional and/or unlikable. The nerds are basically just walking stereotypes with no thought put into them. The powers they have are never really explained well enough to make them believable. I just can't picture the technology that would make it possible for you to eat glue and then secrete a sticky substance so you can climb on walls. And how do Jackson's lips not get all sliced up while his braces shoot out long metal arms and claws?? And I never even really understood why kids were secret agents. What is the advantage of using kids instead of adults?? Ugh, the whole things seemed like the author didn't even really try.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ezekiel Leyva

    I really loved the book N.E.R.D.S(bad acronym) by Micheal Buckley. This book is about this child named Jackson Jones, who is a bully, the most popular kid in school, who somehow stumbles in a secret spy organization. The organization is called, National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, N.E.R.D.S. for short. Jackson must go through all his troubles at school, and braces, and befriend his fellow spies, all while he is losing his grades and popularity, and mind. I would recommend this book t I really loved the book N.E.R.D.S(bad acronym) by Micheal Buckley. This book is about this child named Jackson Jones, who is a bully, the most popular kid in school, who somehow stumbles in a secret spy organization. The organization is called, National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, N.E.R.D.S. for short. Jackson must go through all his troubles at school, and braces, and befriend his fellow spies, all while he is losing his grades and popularity, and mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves spies and books that switch perspectives, from good to evil. I loved this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    G

    It's about a boy (called Jackson), he used to be really popular, well, before he got his SUPER BRACES!!! Jackson Jones finds himself in a secret lab under the school and it's group NERDS! National Espionage, Rescue and Defence Society. Join the NERDS in their adventures to save the world from evil doctor Jigsaw and his to-be assassin, Mindy, or as she likes likes to put it 'The Hyena'. Mindy is a beautiful, 12 year old girl who's mum-when she was 7- packed up all their things and entered her int It's about a boy (called Jackson), he used to be really popular, well, before he got his SUPER BRACES!!! Jackson Jones finds himself in a secret lab under the school and it's group NERDS! National Espionage, Rescue and Defence Society. Join the NERDS in their adventures to save the world from evil doctor Jigsaw and his to-be assassin, Mindy, or as she likes likes to put it 'The Hyena'. Mindy is a beautiful, 12 year old girl who's mum-when she was 7- packed up all their things and entered her into lots of beauty contest and as expected won almost all of them. Enjoy!!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lou Anders

    NERDS is a very silly, very easy-to-read spy sendup aimed at young boys. It's fast and funny, and plotted like a Roger Moore-era Bond, with all of the cliques tacked onto fifth graders. It's probably not sophisticated enough for older readers, but would be a great book for reluctant readers, particularly young boys interested in action movies, comic books, and secret agents.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book is about a group of unpopular fifth graders who run a spy network from inside their school and they have a lot of exciting and fun adventures as spys. The title stands for National Espionage Rescue and Defence Society, which I found creative and i found the book pretty interesting and intreaguing

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caelesta

    "Is this some kind of macho male thing?" That is the whole book. I was really disappointed in the way stereotypes -both female and school cliques- were displayed in this book. And despite the writing, which was clever and fun to read, and the art direction, which was clever and fun to look at, the overall role of women in the book left much to be desired.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Logan Licata

    This was a great book. If you like spy novels than you might want to pick this book up. The main character Jackson thought he had life easy, he was the football team as their star quarterback, he was popular. Then things took a change. This book can leave you on so many cliffhangers. It's just the best book ever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Terry

    This was a great book.It had mystery, suspense and action.That is like, all you need in a book.This book made me laugh at some parts but this book is mostly an action-packed book.I would recommend this book to anybody who likes comedy and action books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Too ridiculous for me to enjoy, and that's saying a lot. Lots of slapstick-y humor.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Jackson is a popular 5th grader when tragedy strikes-tragedy in the form of braces. He quickly sees his social status change from king of the mountain to reject in record time. Soon afterwards, Jackson stumbles upon an elite team of secret agents in his school. Amazingly, they are a bunch of the 'nerds' Jackson used to make fun of. Jackson joins their ranks as they hunt the Hyena, a master criminal with an evil plan. I thought this was a cute, fast read. In our book club, we had good discussion Jackson is a popular 5th grader when tragedy strikes-tragedy in the form of braces. He quickly sees his social status change from king of the mountain to reject in record time. Soon afterwards, Jackson stumbles upon an elite team of secret agents in his school. Amazingly, they are a bunch of the 'nerds' Jackson used to make fun of. Jackson joins their ranks as they hunt the Hyena, a master criminal with an evil plan. I thought this was a cute, fast read. In our book club, we had good discussion regarding what it means to be popular, bullying and parent expectations. I'd say this was the kids favorite book we're read and most of them have finished the entire series. Grade: 3/5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aubsome Dude

    This book has adventure and plain fun. When you see that this normally outcast group you will never look at nerds the same. This whole comes to the saying 'smart is the new cool.' This book is great for young readers that are a little ahead on the reading scale because, it is quite long and middle school content. Meaning that elementary kids don't really have nerds. Each character is cleverly structured to fit the story. There are so many onomatopoeias that make the story lively and fun.The one This book has adventure and plain fun. When you see that this normally outcast group you will never look at nerds the same. This whole comes to the saying 'smart is the new cool.' This book is great for young readers that are a little ahead on the reading scale because, it is quite long and middle school content. Meaning that elementary kids don't really have nerds. Each character is cleverly structured to fit the story. There are so many onomatopoeias that make the story lively and fun.The one problem is that sometimes it feels like it's listing, or blabbing on.This was a great read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD I LOVE THE TEACHERS LOUNGE!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Howard

    This was sooo cute! Why didn’t they have books like that when I was a kid? 😝

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    NERDS Book 1 Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were a secret spy? Have a secret hideout underneath your school. Go on cool secret missions. Have exhausting training. Have upgrades (super powers!)! Well, read NERDS Book 1 by Michael Buckley to find out! This book is about a really popular kid named Jackson Jones who bullies nerds. His popularity drops when he gets a pair of horrible braces! But then, he finds The Playground (the secret hideout for NERDS) by stuffing himself in h NERDS Book 1 Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were a secret spy? Have a secret hideout underneath your school. Go on cool secret missions. Have exhausting training. Have upgrades (super powers!)! Well, read NERDS Book 1 by Michael Buckley to find out! This book is about a really popular kid named Jackson Jones who bullies nerds. His popularity drops when he gets a pair of horrible braces! But then, he finds The Playground (the secret hideout for NERDS) by stuffing himself in his locker! And then he gets his upgrades... My favorite part of the book is whenever a couple of chapters have passed and it is time for a spy test. I like these parts because Michael Buckley (the author) makes jokes along the way and he insults you, which is funny. For example: When Michael Buckley makes a part which involves you to rub your armpit against the page, then he tells you that he’s serious. But, in the end (after you rub your armpit against the page) he tells you that it’s the funniest thing he’s ever seen! I think Michael Buckley wrote this book because he wants to send a message to bullies to tell them that just because nerds look wimpy, it doesn’t mean they could push them around and pick on them, because maybe they’re not what they seem to be... I think this is a good book for people who like good jokes and for people who have big imaginations. I think that because Michael Buckley puts sections in the book which are full of jokes and because he comes up with amazing things which are not possible. I think the parts when he makes sections which are full of jokes are better than when Jackson gets suspended from school. I think this because the jokes are very funny, but when Jackson gets suspended, it is kind of sad. I would recommend this fiction book to people who like clever jokes, people who have big imaginations, and to people who like to read fiction books. And the book he wrote, NERDS, is a fiction story (or is it?). If this is the right book for you, READ THIS BOOK! For others, it’s classified information!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is very different from Buckley's other series, The Sisters Grimm, which I highly enjoy. This one is more action oriented and will appeal a great deal more to boys, esp. since the main character is a boy. Jason is the boy that has it all. Good looks, athletic skill, tons of friends. He is the most popular boy at his middle school, captain of the football team. He also mercilessly teases the geeks at his school and makes their lives sheer misery. But Jason's perfect life goes straight out the win It is very different from Buckley's other series, The Sisters Grimm, which I highly enjoy. This one is more action oriented and will appeal a great deal more to boys, esp. since the main character is a boy. Jason is the boy that has it all. Good looks, athletic skill, tons of friends. He is the most popular boy at his middle school, captain of the football team. He also mercilessly teases the geeks at his school and makes their lives sheer misery. But Jason's perfect life goes straight out the window the day he has to get braces. Suddenly, he has become one of the geeks! His friends dump him and he is relegated to the bottom of the food chain. But now that he has no social life to speak of, he has plenty of time to observe others and he begins to notice all sorts of things about his classmates and family, especially a specific group of geeks. While spying on them, he inadvertently discovers that they are part of a secret society: The National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. And again, not intentionally, Jason gets an upgrade to his braces that turns them into a secret weapon. Without trying, he is supposed to now join the team. But the others don't want him and after weeks of trying to gain their approval and failing, he realizes that the reason they dislike him is that he was their tormentor. With nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance, can Jason find a way to prove that he really has changed and that he has what it takes to be one of the NERDS? ************************************************************************ It took me quite a while to get into the characters, but after that I enjoyed it and would certainly pick up the next in the series. Again, I think boys will enjoy this one, especially 8/9-12/13 range. And the assassin? Loved her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carson S

    I really enjoyed the book Nerds, I like how real the author made the book sound. I really enjoyed how the story is laid out and how the unravels to the resolution. The book is a fiction book but in a way makes you believe that the book is a real thing. The main character is a boy named Jackson, he starts off as a bully who is really popular but some how turns into a nobody who nobody likes. I still could not figure out how the author managed to make the transition so smooth. When I first read th I really enjoyed the book Nerds, I like how real the author made the book sound. I really enjoyed how the story is laid out and how the unravels to the resolution. The book is a fiction book but in a way makes you believe that the book is a real thing. The main character is a boy named Jackson, he starts off as a bully who is really popular but some how turns into a nobody who nobody likes. I still could not figure out how the author managed to make the transition so smooth. When I first read the book it sounded kind of weird but warped into a interesting amazing story. My favorite character was the main character Jackson. He is my favorite character because he shows someone who can completely change from jerk to friend. The story always caught me off guard when I thought something was going to happen it went the direct opposite way. My personal favorite part of the story is when Jackson goes from popular to weirdo. The book makes a couple of jokes that will make you laugh. Like I said she book was weird at first but once you get in to it, all I could think about was reading that book. One thing I would change would be for the author to make more of these books So over all i would totally recommend reading the book Nerds. I recommend anyone who likes a good story to read this book. It was a very good book so i'm giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I just hope that the author decides to come out with more books for this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aila

    The book Nerds by Michael Buckley is very good. Its book that kids can find funny and adults too. You don't have to know anything about the spy world to understand this book because Jackson Jones is learning too. This book accurately describes how clique centered schools are and how you can be the most popular one day then come to school looking different and be demoted to the bottom of the pile. Nerds is about Jackson learning that its not fun to be picked on and he used to be the one that pick The book Nerds by Michael Buckley is very good. Its book that kids can find funny and adults too. You don't have to know anything about the spy world to understand this book because Jackson Jones is learning too. This book accurately describes how clique centered schools are and how you can be the most popular one day then come to school looking different and be demoted to the bottom of the pile. Nerds is about Jackson learning that its not fun to be picked on and he used to be the one that picked on the nerds. The nerds are actually pretty cool with special abilities who hate him but still have to help him. One of them talks to him but the others ignore him during school, " You took particular delight in abusing him. He got the worst of it," Duncan said.' He eventually gained the trust of the rest of his team mates but he still wasn't liked by them but they helped him study and train they became a team. Its a good story about kids overcoming the bulling and then becoming friends. The book Nerds is a good read for anyone who likes spy movies or books but who also likes laughing. The characters and plot are funny and it is well written.

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