Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Nerds: M is for Mama's Boy
by Michael Buckley
Shannon Whitney Messenger wisely decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. Thanks, Shannon!
In this second outing for the 5th grade super spies, Duncan Dewey, codename "Gluestick", is the point of view character. This time the group must fight a very unlikely villain - he still lives with his Mum. In other words, it's the NERDS against a nerd.
Michael Buckley nailed middle grade humor in this book - big time! The super powers of the kids in book one were awesome. Add some buck-toothed squirrels worshiping our buck-toothed hero-turned-villain and it's even more hilarious. I found myself in awe of Michael's ability to somehow channel the imaginative energy of this age group.
After watching my son sit for hours, laughing hysterically and insisting on reading parts to his little sister, I knew I had to read this one. All I can say is...no wonder it's such a hit! Upper elementary kids (esp. boys) through jr. high aged are the perfect audience for this one. I highly recommend it!