Buckley, Michael. Nerds: M is for Mama (BK 2)
Amulet see Abrams, Harry 2010 260p 14.95
978-0-8109-8986-3 ms/jr Science fiction VG
Join the members of Nerds (National Espionage Rescue, and Defense Society) as they confront one of their own in a fight to save the world against terrorism.
In this episode, we find our secret agents fighting against their former teammate, Simon. Simon has the ability to hypnotize people and control them. His current enterprise has been to hypnotize a hoard of squirrels who now work for him as he moves forward with his plan to take over the world by controlling all of the computers.
The NERDS are used to adversity; however, in this instance they find that Simon has also found an accomplice. This accomplice, Albert, is a gifted scientist who invented a ray gun that could wipe out the special abilities of the NERDS.
Action starts when the janitor activates a fire drill to get everyone out of the school so the NERDS can board a rocket that emerges from under the gym floor. Duncan, Matilda, Ruby, Jackson, and Flinch take off with Agent Brand (janitor) and Ms Holiday (librarian) and head to Edinburgh, Scotland.
The action is fast paced and keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. However, one of the most important messages in the plot concerns the fact that Duncan learned that he is good at his job because of who he is an not all of the powers given to him by computer technology.
This is a well written book that would make an excellent addition to any upper elementary and middle school library. McNeil(3), Linda