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The Rising
Kelley Armstrong
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
Princess of the Silver Woods
Jessica Day George
The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
The Demigod Diaries
Rick Riordan
Marissa Meyer
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Jane Yolen
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
William Joyce
Perfect Scoundrels
Ally Carter
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society - Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers It is very different from Buckley's other series, The Sisters Grimm, which I highly enjoy. This one is more action oriented and will appeal a great deal more to boys, esp. since the main character is a boy.

Jason is the boy that has it all. Good looks, athletic skill, tons of friends. He is the most popular boy at his middle school, captain of the football team. He also mercilessly teases the geeks at his school and makes their lives sheer misery.

But Jason's perfect life goes straight out the window the day he has to get braces. Suddenly, he has become one of the geeks! His friends dump him and he is relegated to the bottom of the food chain. But now that he has no social life to speak of, he has plenty of time to observe others and he begins to notice all sorts of things about his classmates and family, especially a specific group of geeks. While spying on them, he inadvertently discovers that they are part of a secret society: The National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. And again, not intentionally, Jason gets an upgrade to his braces that turns them into a secret weapon. Without trying, he is supposed to now join the team. But the others don't want him and after weeks of trying to gain their approval and failing, he realizes that the reason they dislike him is that he was their tormentor. With nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance, can Jason find a way to prove that he really has changed and that he has what it takes to be one of the NERDS?


It took me quite a while to get into the characters, but after that I enjoyed it and would certainly pick up the next in the series. Again, I think boys will enjoy this one, especially 8/9-12/13 range. And the assassin? Loved her.