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I love a good acronym, a word formed from the first letters of each word in a phrase and pronounced as a separate word. 
NASA = National Aeronautical and Space Administration
ZIP code = Zone Improvement Plan
SHIELD = Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division

Yes, that last one is from the Avengers franchise, and it provides a very nice seque into the real subject of today's blog post -- the N.E.R.D.S. series by Michael BuckleyNERDS stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society.  The members of this society use their talents and an array of gadgets to fight evil from a secret headquarters beneath their school.  The fifth and final book, Attack of the BULLIES, comes out today, September 3, 2013.  Did you notice it features another acronym?  Your observation skills are obviously off-the-chart!  Put them to use.  Find all of these titles on the shelves at Hoover Public Library.
1. N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society
2. M Is for Mama's Boy
3. The Cheerleaders of Doom
4. The Villain Virus
5. Attack of the BULLIES

It should be an easy thing to do.  For one thing, the book series by Ursula Vernon is a traditional/comic book hybrid about a dragon at school with mere reptiles and amphibians.  For another, the title of the ninth and newest book is The Case of the Toxic Mutants.  Even if you've never before heard of Dragonbreath, I bet you're intrigued.  A quick look at the rest of the titles in the series (all available at Hoover Public Library) will definitely ignite your desire to find out what you've been missing.
1. Dragonbreath
2. Attack of the Ninja Frogs
3. Curse of the Were-wiener
4. Lair of the Bat Monster
5. No Such Thing as Ghosts
6. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies
7. When Fairies Go Bad
8. Nightmare of the Iguana
9. The Case of the Toxic Mutants
 

WARNING!  This is a list of Dog Tales.  And some of them are sad.  Yes, I'm talking about you, Old Yeller.  But all of them capture the joy that dogs bring to this world.
The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
Buddy by Kate Klimo
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
City of Dogs by Livi Michael
Dachshund Disaster by Tui T. Sutherland
A Dog and His Girl Mysteries: Play Dead by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines Stephens (#1)
A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
Dogboy by Christopher Russell (#1)
Dogs in the Dead of Night by Mary Pope Osborne
A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Dogs of the Drowned City: The Storm by Dayna Lorentz (#1)
The Dogs of Winter by Bobie Pyron
Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The Good Dog by Avi

Yes, I've blogged about author Michael Grant before.  I can't help it that he is so prolific, that he has another popular series that is going out with a magnificent bang.  Grant's The Magnificent 12 series is concluding with yesterday's release, The Power.  I'm not a big fan of spoiling a series by revealing too much of the plot.  If you've been anxiously awaiting book four, you don't need specifics.  If you are just learning about The Magnificent 12 series,  all you need to know is this -- it features action-packed humor similar to Dan Gutman's Genius Files series.

Are you ready for something a bit more sophisticated?  Because this isn't just a list of cat books.  This is an inventory of Feline Fiction.  If you think you're a cat lover who has read it all, think again.
Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey & Laurie Meyers
Cat Found by Ingrid Lee
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin (#1)
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright
The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson (#1)
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle

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