You might recognize his name from all the gushing I've done over his Sister's Grimm series--which is beyond fabulous. He does it again with NERDS--though the two series couldn't be more different. Sister's Grimm is fairy tales and subtle romance and killer fantasy. NERDS is James Bond goes nerdy middle school. Which is pretty much a recipe for awesome.
The series currently has two books so far:
And M IS FOR MAMA'S BOY
They're both hilarious--if you can't tell by the covers alone.
The basic concept: thanks to secret government technology, the nerdiest kids in school have been turned into spies. Their biggest weaknesses and eccentricities have been manipulated into virtual super powers. So a girl allergic to everything is now allergic to lies, and serves as a human lie detector, or a hyperactive kid can run up walls. How clever is that?
Add to that a seriously creative art design concept (the books speak to you at the different chapter breaks, like there's a security system you need clearance from) and hilarious illustrations and you have a series of books I KNOW kids will eat up. But adults will love them too. Buckley's super-exaggerated sense of humor will make you laugh out loud over and over again.
Basically, NERD is the new cool. So I guess it's a good thing I'm a large nerd. ;)
But don't take my word for it. I managed to get my hands on a SIGNED COPY OF BOTH BOOKS, and I'm giving them away to one lucky commenter on this post.
To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday, April 16th. I'll draw one random winner and announce their name on Sunday, April 17th. Good luck.
For more MMGM Love, make sure you check out:
-Shannon O'Donnell's blog, for her weekly MMGM feature. Click HERE.
-Joanne Fritz's blog, for another fabulous MG review. Click HERE
-Aly Beecher's blog, for a review of FOURTH STALL and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE.
-Ben Langhinrichs' blog, for MMGM--the Fashionista edition. Click HERE.
-Deb Marshall's blog, for an interview with Jan Markley. Click HERE.
-Myrna Foster's blog, for a feature on THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL. Click HERE.
-And it's not until Wednesday, but make sure you stop by Literary Rambles on the 13th, because Natalie Aguirre will be featuring author Hillary Homzie and have a giveaway of THE HOT LIST.
If you've done an MMGM on your blog and I've missed it, drop me an email. I'll update this post with a link.