Thursday, December 30, 2010

Misfits: Booktalk 3

The next group of misfits I want to tell you about are the N.E.R.D.S., and their name is an acronym for National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. Yes, they’re nerdy, but they’re also really talented spies who are out to stop Dr. Felix Jigsaw, an evil scientist-villain who is planning world domination and other weird stuff. Each one of the N.E.R.D.S has a special and very odd talent. I’ll tell you about my favorites of the bunch. Duncan Dewey is called “Gluestick” because he eats paste and can stick to walls. Julio Escala is called “Flinch” and uses his hyperactivity to fight evil. Jackson Jones is called “Braceface” – he has 8 rows of teeth – 2 rows on top and 2 rows on bottom. His braces are magnetic and can stick to things and can form weapons. Yeah, and you guys think your braces are bad: ha! At one point, Braceface and this girl named Hyena come face to face with a polar bear who starts to attack them. Braceface morphs his braces into a giant shield which then blocks all the bear’s deadly blows. This valiant action and one other thing gets Braceface his first kiss ever from a girl – and the girl is Hyena. No, I’m not going to tell you how she got her name. You’ll have to read this wonderfully funny book called Nerds by Michael Buckley.

Nerds: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley. Abrams, 2010. 306 p. Booktalk to intermediate grades and middle school.

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