Friday, January 29, 2010

NERDS by Michael Buckley, reviewed by Fegan

Jackson Jones is easily the most popular kid in fifth grade. Star football player, good looking and charming - unless you are one of those unfortunate kids with allergies, buck teeth, or a strange habit that makes you just beg for an atomic wedgie. You know, nerds, geeks, spazzes. Nobody can blame a star kid like Jackson for having a little fun with them, right?

The tables are turned, however, when Jackson is outfitted with the braces and headgear from H-E-double-toothpicks, and his social status slides so low his own father can't stand to look at him. Even the nerds won't give him the time of day - and why should they? Not only was he horrible to them before, they are too busy saving the world as a team of top secret, high-tech superspies to really bother with him.

Jackson discovers their secret, however, and is made a part of their team - a decision neither he nor his teammates are happy about. What follows is a lighthearted and engaging adventure with just enough character development to make the grown-ups happy, but plenty of action and humor to keep it fun. I'm already looking forward to the next installment!

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