NERDS: The Villain Virus (Book Four)
Written by Michael Buckley, The Villain Virus is the 4th book in the NERDS Series. Listen as Malia Reviews the book. For more children's book reviews, please visit www.Malias BookReview.com.
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[scene opens with a young girl speaking directly to the camera]
MALIA: A book review on the book ... the book "NERDS Four, the Villain Virus." And so, this is a book from Flinch's point of view, of how basically Heathcliff is being kept in a giant cage.
[she leans back in her chair]
MALIA: And they find out, and people are suddenly becoming email ... evil, from all of the country.
MALIA: And then they find out the transmitter was in Heathcliff, and most of the entire NERDS team went rogue. There's these two people. Heathcliff's ... Yeah, Heathcliff's goon, also known as Dumb Vinci.
MALIA: And another girl whose identity is later revealed ... her villain name is Miss Information. And then--
MALIA: Well, Flinch has to go on a mission through high school to help find a way to get the transmitter out of Heathcliff ... but of course, Flinch was the only one on the NERDS team who was invulnerable to it, because he had so much sugar that sugar is coursing through his body and it basically just kills the virus immediately.
MALIA: Okay, so I think that's about it. Now, I liked this book, and I rated it five stars. I liked this book because ... it was just like the last one I talked about, the last NERDS book. It was all science-y and spy stuff, and I think it was just cool--
[she leans forward in her chair]
MALIA: How the villain virus was made. And then ... that's basically it. So, this is Malia signing off.
[she gives the camera a thumbs up]
NERDS: Book Four: The Villain Virus
by Michael Buckley
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Lexile Measure: 740L
Series: NERDS (Book 4)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
The NERDS series combines the excitement of international espionage with the awkwardness of elementary school as it follows the adventures of a group of unpopular fifth graders who run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities, and the results are awesome, inspiring - and hilarious.
A virus has infected Arlington, Virginia, home of NERDS headquarters, and it's much worse than your run-of-the-mill flu. Instead of coughing and sneezing, the victims of this voracious virus are transformed into superintelligent criminal masterminds. Soon nearly everyone - including some of the NERDS team - is plotting to take over the world. And who's to blame for this nasty infection? None other than former NERDS teammate Heathcliff Hodges. With more people breaking out into evil cackles every day, it's up to Flinch, the hyperactive superspy with a sweet tooth, to stop the virus. He needs to destroy the virus at its source, and to do that he's going to have to get inside Heathcliff's head - literally. Flinch will have to miniaturize himself and take a fantastic voyage through the supervillain's body to fight white blood cells, stomach acid, and a nest of nasty nanobytes in the hope that he can save the world from . . . the Villain Virus.
Ms. Lisa Holiday/Miss Information - She is the librarian at Nathan Hale Elementary, and in book 1 she gives the team cookies for good luck, which Jackson says tastes like vinegar and are hard as rock. The cookies were shown to be also a good stand-in for ninja stars by The Hyena. She is Agent Brand's girlfriend. In The Villain Virus when she is infected, she becomes a villain known as "Miss Information",and in the end of the book, she is still evil. In the last book it was revealed that she was a spy from Siberia named Viktoriya Deprankova.
Lisa Holiday, called Ms. Holiday by the team, is the librarian of Nathan Hale Elementary. She is also the organizer of the whole facility of NERDS.
She gathers tons of information, and has read almost every book she can think of in the school's library. She knows almost everything involving the NERDS missions, and is there secondary resource for information, the first being Benjamin. Miss Holiday becomes Miss Information in Book 4 (The Villan Virus) and becomes evil. In Book 5 she organizes a team called the B.U.L.L.I.E.S. to destroy the nerds. Her real name is later reavealed as Viktoriya Deprankova. Towards the end of the 5th book she attempts to erase everyone from existence but fails to erase Ruby Peet and ends up getting sucked into a black hole, Agent Brand later went back in time to retrieve her past self so she would not turn evil.
Books appeared in
* NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
* NERDS: M is for Mama's Boy
* NERDS: Cheerleaders of Doom
* NERDS: The Villan Virus
* NERDS: Attack Of The BULLIES