NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

With his good looks and star athletic abilities, Jackson Jones leads the popular crowd at Nathan Hale Elementary. He spends his time playing football and mocking or tormenting all nerds. However, when Jackson gets braces and an ugly headgear, his world changes. He finds himself one of the outcasts he used to torture.

Without football and friends, Jackson starts to notice strange things around his elementary school and soon stumbles upon the headquarters of NERDS: the National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. The nerds he used to tease are actually a group of secret agents working to save the world. Jackson wants to join their group, but first he must convince the others and himself that he belongs. NERDS is a lighthearted adventure novel with plenty of humor as well as important life lessons. It is a fun read for middle grade and tween readers.

AR Level--5th grade Interest level--9-12 years old

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