Today Caramel wanted to review a book he discovered in his classroom library: N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society, written by Michael Buckley. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell me a bit about this book.
Caramel:The book is about a secret organization called N.E.R.D.S. It is an acronym, for National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society.
S: That’s a funny way to open up the word “nerds”. So this secret society, is it made up of children?
C: Yes, and they are all nerds.
S: What does that mean?
C: I think it means someone who is super-smart.
S: And sometimes it comes with connotations of socially awkward and inept, because people occasionally use the term in a derogatory way.
C: But the nerds in this book are pretty cool. They have super cool gadgets.
S: Ooh, that sounds interesting. Tell me more.
C: For example there is a character called Jackson Jones, who is wearing braces, but the braces can change into weapons and anything else he needs at the time. Then there is Duncan Dewey who can shoot glue out of his hands. He can also stick to walls and so can climb walls. He can also climb on the ceiling.
S: Those are some super cool tools and gadgets really. The characters seem to be nerdy but also kind of like superheroes, right?
C: Yes. And they solve crimes together.
S: But they are school children, aren’t they? How does this crime-fighting fit into their school lives?
C: There is a fire alarm that they set off and they sneak away without anyone noticing they are gone.
S: Hmm, not a very respectable thing to do, setting off an alarm like that, but maybe they are doing very important work. So tell me, what kinds of crimes do they fight?
C: They are fighting evil people, like people who kidnap scientists and so on. So in this book a few scientists have been kidnapped, and they try to get the scientists back.
S: Oooh, that sounds serious!
C: Yes it is.
S: So I saw you read this book really fast. There are lots of pictures in it, and I could see that the book could be appealing to you from how it started. Can you read the dedication page to our readers?
C: Okay, here it is:
For dorks, dweebs, geeks, spazzes, waste cases, and nerds everywhere. Some day you too will change the world.
S: So this book is written to inspire kids who see themselves as outcasts in a way.
C: I guess it could be. But it is also really really funny. And the mystery is very interesting.
S: I can tell you really enjoyed the book. Do you think you will read the next one in the series? Apparently there are a total of five books.
C: Yes. I want to read them all!
S: That’s very good. So tell me your three words to describe the book then, and we can wrap up this review.
C: Fun, funny, and adventurous.
S: That sounds neat! And what else do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!