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NERDS by Michael Buckley
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Feb 11, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011-reads, grade-4-to-6-boys-fiction
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Jackson Jones is the star of Nathan Hale Elementary School. Good looking and popular, he is the star quarterback of his peewee football team. He is also the biggest bully in the school, taking great joy in torturing the weak who surround him. Until the day the orthodontist decides he needs braces complete with headgear.

Overnight Jackson finds himself losing everything that made him popular. No more football since he can't wear a helmet. No more good looking given the headgear. And popular? Forget it. In fact, Jackson finds himself the victim of the same people who used to be his friends. His family reacts equally poorly.

Alone for the first time in his life, Jackson begins to really observe the world around him. He notices many things, but most importantly, he notices that a group of students seem to get up and leave without permission, disappearing for hours at a time. He decides to follow them and learns that there is a group of child superspies working out of the school.

Jackson endeavours to join this group made up of people he used to torture. But can he get the team to work with him in time to save the world from Dr. Jigsaw, a madman bent on rearranging the continents of the world no matter what the cost?

This is a good book that tries to walk the line between action/adventure and comedy. Unfortunately, it is not as funny as it thinks it is leaving it feeling forced at times.

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