Thursday, January 7, 2010


Booklist (October 15, 2009 (Vol. 106, No. 4))
Grades 4-7. Jackson Jones is the coolest kid in his school, and he enjoys tormenting the nerds. After he is fitted with braces, however, he becomes a social outcast, and it’s only then that he discovers that the geeks at his school are part of an elite espionage unit, NERDS. The school’s nerds aren’t eager to let him in on their operation, but their adult leaders insist, and Jackson is soon involved in the fight against an evil genius, who is attempting to shift major islands as part of a plan to upset the earth’s plate tectonics. Buckley joins the current craze for novels featuring kid spies with this witty send-up. There are lots of stereotypes here: the nerds come with buck teeth, many fashion faux pas, and an array of allergies. Still, this fun adventure is sure to attract followers, who will look forward to the sequels promised at the novel’s end, and Beavers’ comic-strip style illustrations add further appeal.

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