NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One) (enhanced ebook)

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One) (enhanced ebook)

by Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers

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Enhanced with audio and video! 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781613120187
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 864,466
File size: 51 MB
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National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (N.E.R.D.S. Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
By early morning school day, they're your classic nerd. They have allergies, braces, buckteeth, asthma, and more. By the end of the school day, they're NERDS - super spies. Using their nerdiness to their advantage, they'll kick butt, solve puzzles, end crime, and save the world. All before dinnertime. Jackson Jones was your typical jock and popular school bully. Then everything went downhill when he got braces. Now no one wants to be friends with him. Using his new nerd status to his advantage, he starts spying on kids in his grade, as well as on the teachers. All is fun and games until he falls through a locker into the secret lab of the NERDS (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society). Now, his job is to save the world, keep his grades up, get his dad to accept him for who he is, and somehow get Mr. Dehaven, the principal, off his case about his sudden string of tardiness and falling grades. Will Jackson survive being a NERD with powerful villains for enemies - or will life get the better of him? This is a hilarious book that anyone who has ever been picked on will relate to. The plot is well-developed, the characters are entertaining, and the action is intense and fun to read about. Readers will enjoy the interactivity of the book from cover to cover - and will wish there was already a sequel to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a children's librarian in an elementary school in Arizona, and NERDS is by far the most requested book in my library. I booktalked it early in the year, and the crazy humor and fun characters have left the kids hooked. Girl readers, guy readers, avid and not so avid readers will love this new series, Turning kids on to reading is easy with books like this...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I read all of the Sisters Grimm books and really liked them (though he does leave you hanging!). My mom got me a copy of NERDS and it's not like anything I've ever read. First, there's these chapter sections that make you stop and prove who you are. Plus, the characters are super funny. My favorite is Flinch cause my parents tell me I'm hyper, too. Then I like Braceface, and then Wheezer. You will love this book The story is very exciting and you really think that maybe they won't be able to save the world. I'm still laughing and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention and kept me in suspense. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to read book i recomend it for all readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this bok to my son for chrismas and he read it in one day. Then he wanted me to read it so i read it. I thought it was very funny. He kept asking for all the books. I gave it to him and he spent almost the whole weekend reading the books. I would definetly reccomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the whole world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i wear these awesome big glasses and everybody calls me a nerd but i just say "that means i'm smarter than you"
fortfive More than 1 year ago
my son (8) loved this book and the other two in the series...good humor and kept his interest!
TexRogers More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever been picked on in school will relate to this book. It is very funney in parts. The NERDS are cool. There is a team of NERDS that save the world from danger. They all have really funny superpowers. They ride a rocket ship called The School bus to get where they want to go. Since the rocket ship broke close to the end of the story, they turned a regular school bus into a rocket. One of the lessons of the book was to never, ever, judge somebody by what they look like and only judge them by what they really are. Jackson made that mistake when he judged the N.E.R.D.S. team by what they looked like and not by what they really are and paid the price for it by not getting accepted by the N.E.R.D.S. team at first. This book is an easy read and having been a reluctant reader, my teacher recommended it! Not my favorite; but, an easy read and it doesn't take long to read it! i think I will read it again a little slower! Tex
packratx More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the Sister's Grimm series, so when I saw this book coming out I had mixed feelings. Part of me was thrilled to watch Buckley try something new, but the other part of me wasn't sure what I would do without Puck and his crazy antics. But NERDS completely won me over. It's clever, laugh out loud funny, and an absolute joy to read. Even better, it's filled with positive messages and leaves you desperate to harness your own inner nerd. Highly recommended to anyone who likes to read and laugh.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to find funny stories suitable for middle school students, but this is one the kids enjoy. The "nerds" have braces, and puffers for their asthma etc. but they become the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, and it's an easy, entertaining read.
MMChat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nerds is a funny book.I feel great for the characters. Dr. Jigsaw makes a machine to change continents and foil the world.
4dSon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jackson was in his school when he found out his teammates were missing. This story would be good for people who likes action and comedy. This story really exiting and is a page turner.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, let me first start off by saying I loved the cover. When I saw it the song "Secret Agent Man" kept going through my head. The second think I though was that these characters looked an awful lot like characters I would find on Nikelodeon. Yes I do watch cartoons. I have to be able to discuss them with my students. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. When I first opened the book, the inside jacket flap had a list of characters. The fifth grade secret agent spies. These were all kids who were nerds and the governmetn helped them enhance their nerdiness to give them secret powers. Jackson "Braceface" Jones was never one of the nerds. That is until he got his braces and lost his friends. He was no longer a part of the popular crowd. Enter the nerds. The group he had always tormented was up to something and he wanted to know what. After following them he watched them duck into lockers and disappear. He follows them and that is when trouble starts. He has entered the world of spies. I loved this book. It was a lot of fun. I can see my students reading it and laughing out loud. I have read the entire Sister's Grimm series so I assumed I would like this one just as much and I was right. I will definitely recommend this book to my students.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the one hand, this is a delightful, clever, funny book that will entertain any child who loves silly jokes, action heroes, satire, and books about nerds versus popular kids in school. I laughed aloud more than once, and I loved the many positive messages.The NERDS are a group of fifth graders made up of actual ¿nerds¿ whose ¿weaknesses¿ have been bionically enhanced to give them special powers. The government made them into special agents after determining that kids would make the best spies because (1) they are small, and often overlooked and underestimated by adults, and (2) they are more techno-savvy than adults. Thus NERDS (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society) was born.The current crew includes Duncan ¿Gluestick¿ Dewey (he can stick to walls), Ruby ¿Pufferfish¿ Peet (her allergies can help her detect danger and dishonesty), Heathcliff ¿Choppers¿ Hodges (his buckteeth allow him to control minds), Julio ¿Flinch¿ Escala (his hyperactivity gives him super speed and strength) and Matilda ¿Wheezer¿ Chois (her inhalers enable her to fly and blast enemies). They are joined by the formerly popular Jackson "Braceface" Jones, who was rejected by his friends after getting braces. Together, they sneak out of school to fight the evil Dr. Felix Jigsaw. Dr. Jigsaw is aided by Mindy (¿Hyena¿) Beauchamp, and it is the depiction of The Hyena that gets my hackles up. This is how the author describes her:"For a professional killer with ice in her veins, the Hyena was pretty cute. She had platinum blonde hair and bright green eyes, long eyelashes, and a nose like a button. When she was seven years old, her mother decided to capitalize on her daughter¿s stunning good looks ¿ and plunged her daughter into the world of professional child beauty pageants.¿Here¿s my problem. The author has made his nerd group multicultural (although the male hero is a stereotypical blond, ¿handsome¿ football playing jock). He has filled his book with positive messages about the ultimate value of kids who tend to be considered nerds in school:"¿we know that what the popular kids have to offer the world is so tiny and unimportant compared to what the nerds will do. The dorks, dweebs, goobers, and spazzes that you picked on are the ones who will grow up to discover the vaccines, write the great novels, push the boundaries of science and technology, and invest things that make people healthier and happier. Nerds change the world.¿And yet the author slips in numerous references to what makes someone beautiful (or handsome), and they are not multicultural images. (Nor, for that matter, are they images of kids who wear braces, glasses, or have medical conditions.) I think many teens want to be attractive; they¿ll worry about curing diseases when they¿re older ¿ far, far in the future. In particular, Buckley¿s book doesn¿t help the young girls of color with their self-image who read this book, nor does he help abate the slew of subliminal messages that affect young white people. Consider the new movie by Chris Rock, ¿Good Hair,¿ in which he explores the history of race relations in America as symbolized by images of black women and attitudes toward their hair. He says he decided to investigate the issue after his young daughter said to him, ¿Daddy, why don¿t I have good hair?¿How are little girls of color supposed to love themselves, when every cultural image from the overt to the subtle tells them they are not the same as what is defined as attractive? How are they supposed to grow up to be self-actualizing, confident women who value themselves?This is a very fun book that is ¿reluctant reader friendly¿. But how long must we reinforce the notion, as bell hooks laments, that ¿the femininity most sought after, most adored, [is] that perceived to be the exclusive property of white womanhood?¿ If we don¿t start with kids, changing what is taught through the words and images used in books, movies, videos, and ads, how will these notions of bea
wbentrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nerds by Michael BuckleyThe class bully discovers that popularity can¿t conquer all. He joins a group, he perceives as less gifted, and discovers a new depth to his character. The entire time the group is fighting an attempt to literally restructure the world. I am not the appropriate demographic for this book. However young in heart I might be, I¿m not sure I can get all the way back to middle school. I suspect my 11 year old grandson is going to love this book. My guess is that Buckley nailed his target market. The trials and tribulations of being ¿different¿ in middle school are delved while being entertained with a astoundingly overblown Bondesque spy thriller. Images, scenarios and plots of preposterous nature seem to be highly appealing to this age group. They are able to suspend their connection to reality and dive into the base humor and broad gags. Sadly, I enjoyed the book which probably says something about my level of maturity. I recommend the book and it may be of particular value to the reluctant reader.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so weird. It's about this boy, Jackson, who use to be cool and popular, but got braces, and now becomes a nerd. Then he stumbles onto a weird place with a bunch of gizmos and gadgets that are used by a group of nerds known as NERDS (National espionage rescue and defense society) to save the world. It really is a very, very odd book. But still, it's better than some that I've read, and it wasn't as boring as the Lovely bones....
5c.library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NERDS is a very funny book about a boy and a bunch of spies. it is a very awesome book. i would reccomend it to readers 10+. It will keep you entertained for hoursamy
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for 9-12 yr old boys. Humor, action and adventure with a little bit of the gross stuff. Blake read this book in 24 hrs and it is a 300 page book! Michael Buckley is a fabulous writer and we are huge fans of his other series so it is no surprise that this is hilariously well written.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Jackson Jones goes from hero to zero when he gets braces. But that's also how he finds out about the super spies operating out of his elementary school. This book is funny and creative while still delivering a credible plot (well, for a spy spoof). Kids of all ages will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This thrilling adventure includes many adventures of the nerds team! I reccommend this book to any kids who are interested! Oh and what the heck parents can read it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nerds is an interesting book that takes place at Nathan Hale Elementary. Jackson Jones is the main character. He is a popular kid, who bullies nerds. One day, Jackson went to his dentist. He had two sets of teeth that were all out of order, upside down, side ways; it was so crazy. He needs...braces. Jackson thinks his life is over, he goes to school and his “friends” started to treat him as a nerd. Then, he started to notice differences about his friends by spying on them. After he got bored of spying on his friends, he observed the nerds all sneeze at the same time. The nerds got up and left the classroom, he looked out the window and saw them get into a locker. He followed them and he saw the school janitor. Jackson jumped into a locker and fell down through a series of tubes. He landed in a chair, got up, and walked into a room. A chair popped out of nowhere and strapped him in. Then seconds later, he heard a voice, “upgrades initiated”. Then, robotic spiders jumped on him and made his braces robotic. He panicked and saw the school janitor who gave him a note asking him to join the NERDS. Does Jackson join the NERDS? There’s only one way to find out, read the book! By: F.G 5th Grade Student
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the first book please answer soon.