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

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,236 Ratings  ·  638 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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Adam Bouzianis
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-reads
"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
Colin V.B
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Magalski
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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 ...more
"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.

Full review to come.
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.
Ezekiel Leyva
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aubsome Dude
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too ridiculous for me to enjoy, and that's saying a lot. Lots of slapstick-y humor.
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Miss Clark
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys aged 8 +
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Carson S
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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'
Christine Crawford
Sep 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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 ...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
Jackson used to be super popular, then he got braces. He accidentally finds himself among N.E.R.D.S., a group of classmates who use their nerdiest qualities to help fight crime. Unfortunately, Jackson has trouble balancing his spy duties with his everyday kid duties, and the existing N.E.R.D.S. are hostile towards him because they used to be his bullying targets. However, they eventually join forces with a beauty pageant queen turned assassin to take down Jigsaw, an evil puzzler who is kidnappin ...more
Mcgwire "Pie"
This book is what any teenage "nerd" wishes was true. Though Michael Buckley doesn't do a too great job with it. It was a nice different story for the fantasy novel genre, but it was a pretty poor addition. The story has some fun characters but mostly annoying ones, also the plot was a confusing one that could get readers lost and have to read the entire chapter again. In conclusion, this is a cool idea for a book. A bunch of teenagers that are super spies, but it was poorly executed and hard to ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Robert Wilson
I listened to this book with my 7 year-old son. I will say that he enjoyed it much more than I did, but then, he got to play video games in the back seat of the car while listening to it. The plot has a couple of good twists for the younger readers. I personally didn't like the initial chapters setting up the story. And in the end, the main character's change from bully to just average pre-teen jerk seemed to happen all at once. But it worked for my son and that was really all I was looking for.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oregon Battle of the Books

a great example of a book that, as an adult ~ I REALLY disliked. As a 6th grader, I would have loved it. The action and annoying humor would have been fun. The main character was so unlikable but he got what he deserved right?

But as an adult, this was truly miserable. The main narrator was AWFUL! Hyena, equally as horrific! Two selfish awful kids. The surrounding children did not redeem any part of the book. The barking Commander, librarian, principal and the Dad. ALL e
Victoria Whipple
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thms, tcp
Jackson has always been a bully, though he doesn't realize it, and he has hopes of regaining his former status once he gets braces. Then he accidentally discovers an elite spy team made up of the school's nerds and he is recruited to join them by their new leader. None of the nerds want him in their group, however, because he has been a miserable bully to them all. Will he succeed as a member of NERDS? Lots of high tech, espionage, international action.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise for this story of nerds being secretly a spy ring (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society)is a fun one. This group of school misfits operates their their spy ring from the home base of their school, using a school bus rocket to get to their destinations. Sometimes the story is a little confusing, and to me the author was trying a little too hard to be funny. Many students have enjoyed this book, however, so maybe it is just a matter of taste.
Emily David
I was between a 2-star and 3-star rating. This book has great appeal for its intended audience, (my 12-year-old loved it)and it's a great title for reluctant readers. The prose is straight-forward, there is lots of action and humor, and kids are the heroes. I did not particulary enjoy the writing myself but I do recognize its appeal and I will not hesitate to reccommend it to young patrons looking for action/humorous titles.
Beth Baryon
Hmmm the kids who love this book will grow up to love James Patterson books... or something like that. It's a stock kids' book where a group of nerdy kids are actually secret agents. There was humor in the book. I'd say it's perfect for a fifth grader or immature sixth grader, but I wasn't overly impressed.
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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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