M Is for Mama's Boy
by Buckley, Michael; Beavers, Ethen (ILT)

Led by Duncan "Gluestick" Dewey, the NERDS team uses brain power and courage rather than gadgets when they face off against supervillian Simon, his band of savage squirrels, and Albert, a middle-aged computer genius who lives with his mother.

<div><b>Michael Buckley</b> is the author of the successful Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. He is also the author of the Undertow trilogy. He lives in New York City.</div>

The NERDS are a crack team of fifth-grade operatives who work on government missions from a secret headquarters in their school's basement. Each NERD team member has superhuman abilities, and even though they are picked on in school, they frequently represent humankind's best hope. To this funny premise, Buckley adds many hilarious lines and situations. This time, the superspies face a 37-year-old computer genius who lives in his mother's basement and a former NERD gone rogue, both of whom team up to strip the NERDS of their superpowers. Fans of the first novel will find even more laughs here.

Turncoat former member of National Espionage Rescue & Defense Society (aka NERDS) Simon (once known as "Choppers"), who can hypnotize with his enormous buckteeth, craves revenge against his erstwhile teammates, enhanced fifth graders whose weaknesses have become superstrengths. Simon recruits Albert Nesbit, a 37-year-old mama's boy and computer genius, to create a machine that will control all computers. When Albert zaps the NERDS team, the nanobytes in their bodies that give them their superskills go haywire. Most members rely on their training to continue their spy work, but Duncan "Gluestick" Dewey is in crisis (and requires several "man up" talks from various bosses and cohorts). Can the NERDS (especially Duncan) save the world by defeating Simon, Albert and, most frightening of all, Albert's overprotective mother? Peppered with lessons on cracking codes, ciphers and invisible ink, the second adventure in Buckley's silly spy-kids spoof is as frenetically goofy as the first. Beaver's illustrations and Chad W. Beckerman's art direction make for a terrific package for reluctant readers or book lovers out for thrills, gadgets and larfs. (Adventure. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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