Nerds: Nucleo de Espionaje, Rescate y Defensa Secretos
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Nerds: Nucleo de Espionaje, Rescate y Defensa Secretos (NERDS #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,614 ratings  ·  473 reviews
Translation of: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by V&R Ediciones (first published 2009)
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I'm sure this a perfectly fine book, if you purchase it for your own use. But seriously, guys. Seriously. Do not check out your local library's copy.

As I learned from tragic experience, this book contains chapter headers with "Spy Clearance." Hold the book up to your eye! So it can scan your retina! Or whatever!

It's the "Whatever" that's bad when you're a public library book, because for Level Seven Clearance, children are invited to spread their earwax on the page. Which... they have. Oh God t...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
"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...more
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...more
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...more
This has to be among the most unique and unexpected reading experiences I've had. I found this in my quest to find books to give to my students as holiday gifts. I'd read the blurb, and figured I knew pretty much what to anticipate... I was surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly at times) to find that I didn't.

I'll start with the unpleasant surprise. This book is very obviously written for a young, male audience. At the beginning especially, but still sprinkled throughout the book are multi...more
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....more
Battle of the Books 2012.
I had a hard time getting into this book, and never did identify with any of the characters. I gave it three stars because 1) I think it will be popular with my students, 2) I like how the main character develops, and 3) the following quote from the book:

"It's because 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 gro...more
A.E. Stueve
I'm always baffled by reviewers that don't like books because characters behave in ways they find objectionable, even if that objectionable behavior is perfectly within the realm of reason. Does the main character in this story come off as an incredible ass at the beginning? Yes. Is he frustrating? Yes. But the story is about his growth as a person and since this is a kids' book, there are also cool spy gadgets and some toilet humor. Jackson Jones becomes a better person by the end of the novel....more
I think it was good,but it could use more drama.I enjoyed how the friendship and worthiness molded together,like it was always meant to be that way.
I thought nerds was a very funny book. But you do have to give it a few pages before it starts to get going. It was a easy to read book to me. I hope everyone else that reads this book gets a kick out the book as I did!
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Esta saga me en-can-ta y no me canso de repetirlo. Comencé leyendo el tercer tomo (sí, el tercero), titulado Las porristas del infierno. Desde el diseño, pasando por la narración y terminando con los personajes, esta historia no tiene fallos.
Jackson Jones es el chico más popular de la escuela, todos sus amigos lo idolatran y su hobbie es molestar a los nerds y todos esos chicos a los que considera inadaptados o raritos. Sin embargo, una visita al dentista hará que su vida ca...more
Myron Rodriguez
"Nerds" is a book written by Michael Buckley. It centers around a boy named Jackson Jones. Jackson has good grades, is the best looking, and is pretty much at the top of the popularity chart for the school. On the other side of the spectrum, we have your stereotypical geeks and nerds. They are at the bottom of the chart. Jackson and his quote on quote friends like to make fun of the nerds. Life is perfect for Jackson until one day. Jackson has to go to the dentist. It turns out that he needs bra...more
Francesca Tubito
NERDS is a very good book that is very funny...

It's about a group of nerds who are not only nerds. They have super powers! Everyday, in school, instead of going to school they actually try and save the world.

I had a lot of fun reading this book and I think anybody else who enjoys a bit of laughter and action, you should read this book!
In this first volume of the N.E.R.D.S. series, Michael Buckley introduces us to the five members of the team and its newest member, Braceface. Until recently, Braceface was a very popular, athletic kid who thought picking on nerds was a fun pastime. When he gets a mouth full of braces, he is no longer the popular kid he once was, experiencing life from the nerd point of view for the first time. When he blunders into the NERDS headquarters and his braces become a James Bond-like weapon, the other...more
Erika Clarry
NERDS is a very awesome and funny book!

Its about a group of nerds and they have super powers! Whenever they go to school, instead of working they try and save the world.

I had so much fun reading this book and whoever wants to be entertained you should definitely read this awesome book!!

Aly Scanlon
Oct 02, 2011 Aly Scanlon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicole v.
The book Nerds is very well how do I put it? It is very creative and funny and it puts you in the characters shoes with it's transmissions and well, just how it's written really! iT IS REALLY A "NO mOM i CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN"
I was expecting so much and really didn't get it. It was O.K. and I would recommend it to patrons, but I don't see myself finishing the series.
I read this as a potential title to use with my Chatterbooks group. They will probably enjoy it, although the bullying references may be a trigger for one reader, so I'm still debating whether or not to go ahead with it.
These kids are a cross between James Bond and Inspector Gadget. It is a fun idea, and presented in a fun way. I think it will work well with the age range it is aimed at. Personally, as a jaded older reader, I found that the gadgetry got a little too 'helpful' in the end and lost...more
This book....Unpopular nerds show there abilities! This nerdy team is soo strong! such a great book for EPIC people!
Ayden Chow
A very fun and exiting read that I recommend to all readers looking for a thrill with a good moral!
It was a funny book and I enjoyed every page
One of the best books I ever read!
Alexandra Jennelle
This one might be ideal for fifth grade and middle grade readers, but as an adult, it was painful to get through. If I hadn't needed to read it to prepare for a book group, I would have put it down after the first ten pages. I've been wanting to read the Sisters Grimm series by this author and now my interest is dimmed. HOWEVER. The book group of kids I met with about this unanimously enjoyed it, and we all got a laugh out of some of the goofy moments together.

My issue with the book is that it'...more
William Bentrim
Nerds by Michael Buckley

The 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...more
Jul 24, 2012 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 4th-7th
Jackson Jones, a 5th grader, is popular, athletic and loves to torment the nerds at his school. Unfortunately, fate deals him a shocking blow when he finds out he has to wear braces. His new look costs him his popularity, friends and getting booted off of the football team. His luck changes though as a social outcast when he stumbles onto the “nerd herd”, 5 of the most awkward kids in the 5th grade. Jackson discovers that all 5 of these misfits are super spies and he accidentally discovers their...more
Sandra Pedicini
One of the better books I’ve read in this genre. It’s got a clever plot, fun characters and quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. This author clearly likes and understands kids. A group of elementary-school outcasts, including a hyperactive sugar addict, a girl who suffers with allergies, and a chubby boy, turn out to actually be spies – part of the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. The flawed protagonist is Jackson Jones, one of the cool kids who’s casually callous to the misfits, u...more
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (pro...more
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