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 Bigger, badder, nerdier (Geeked out (Henry Holt and Company))
 Author: Skye, Obert

 Publisher:  Holt (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 228 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 823619 ISBN: 9781627799416
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Humorous fiction
 Ability -- Fiction

Price: $19.28

Otto Waddle Junior High School is worse than ever. Tip and his geeky friends Mindy, Owen, and Xen have finally come into their superpowers--well, their mediocre powers--and now have a whole new cast of impersonators to take on. Their foursome is being challenged by a rival group of students who are pawns in Darth Susan's evil plot against them. If middle school has any chance of survival, Tip and his friends must take their unusual powers to a whole new level and nerd things up big time.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 505164

   School Library Journal (05/01/19)
   Booklist (06/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 4–7—The League of Average and Mediocre Entities (LAME) is back, this time going up against enemies that are LAMER: four jocks masquerading as our medium-powered heroes. But wait—why would anyone want to be LAME? Not surprisingly, the shadowy figure behind the plot is their nemesis Darth Susan, still looking to bring about the closure of Otto Waddle Jr. High and thus her own early retirement. As the kids track down the clues and lay their plans to thwart Darth Susan, they have no idea that they could actually be saving the entire town of Piggsburg from destruction. As in the first entry, readers looking for character development (or even a substantial plot) should look elsewhere. However, for the students who read Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" exclusively, this dystopian riff on funny stories with simple cartoon illustrations will provide a diversion without breaking the bounds of the genre. VERDICT Purchase where the first volume is popular or where funny, illustrated fiction flies off the shelves.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2019 “There was trouble afoot, and afoot trouble is almost as bad as abutt trouble.” In this sequel to Geeked Out (2018) evil school secretary Darth Susan once again tries to get Otto Waddle Junior High shut down—only to be stymied by the semi-superheroes of the League of Average and Mediocre Entities (LAME—an acronym that, in a world increasingly more aware of ableist language, isn't in the best of taste). In a scheme to fool city officials into thinking that the school is too underused to stay open, Darth Susan invites faculty and the student body to the premiere of a follow-up to the fantasy film that brought civilization to an end, leaving the country in the hands of “President Flake.” In addition to getting everyone back to class, LAME is confronted with LAMER, a set of costumed ringers recruited from school bullies. Along with bad jokes and satiric dystopian tropes, Skye strews the narrative with rudimentary line drawings of various characters delivering punchlines or random comments. Cue snickers and eye rolls from Wimpy Kid fans. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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