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Shredderman: Secret Identity (2004)

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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This is a great introduction to chapter books for young boys and girls alike. The text is large and spaced out so as not to be too ovewhelming to the young readers. The book is seasoned by occasional character drawings throughout its pages to create a bit more engagement for the reader. Everyone in school knows Nolan only as Nerd. He gets perfect grades, is a computer wiz, and is fed up with the treatment he and other classmates are getting from Alvin. Alvin likes to only be called Buddy and will make sure each of his classmates abides by his rule. Fortunately, everyone learns to stand up to Buddy all thanks to Shredderman. The new superhero with a disclosed identity happens to be the last person they would ever expect.
  MicahCorporaal | Mar 17, 2014 |
Great! Book 1 of the 4 book, 1 movie series!!!
  chazzysamus10 | May 31, 2012 |
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Van Draanen, known for her excellent Sammy Keyes mystery series, now turns to a younger audience and new genre with a new hero, Nolan "Nerd" Byrd, who is a brilliant, puny fifth grader and primary target of bully Alvin "Bubba" Bixby who "was born big and mean, full of teeth and ready to bite." He has "rocky knuckles and killer breath," terrorizes everyone in school, has dubbed all his classmates with cruel nicknames, and gets away with lying, cheating and stealing. No teacher or principal seems to be able to stop him, so Nolan comes up with a dynamite complicated technology-driven plan to "shred" this bully, and takes on the secret identity of "Shredderman." By the book's end Nolan gets his real name back and feels stronger, smarter and braver "like a superhero should." Short page count, plenty of illustrations, and an intriguing method of solving the age-old bully problem make this an involving book for younger readers who will look forward to more books in this series. 2004, Knopf, Ages 7 to 10 ( )
  EBurggraf | May 12, 2012 |
In, Shredderman Secret Identity, a boy named Nolen or "Nerd" gets a project where he was to create a news paper page. He choose to do his on a computer. His project was on the school bully called Bubba. Nolen made a website and thus gained his secret identity SHREDERMAN. Now all he has to do is get the school to go to the website, but how? This sounds like a job for Shrederman! At recess that day the only thing going on was all the teachers trying to find out where all the small colorful papers came from. By the end of the week the website was the only thing people talked about! Who started it? Who came up with this idea?
  emily.ebau4988 | Nov 23, 2011 |
Of marvelous story of underdog vs. bully brought into the age of technology when the class "nerd" turns superhero by outing the class bully. Caught in the act by digital camera, this bully soon finds his episodes of torment plastered all over the newly formed website, Shredderman.com. ( )
  gkristi | Apr 19, 2011 |
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Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd has suffered at the hands of school bully Bubba Bixby for too long. Inspired by a class project, Nolan (a.k.a "Byrd-the-Nerd") creates a "cyber-superhero" alter ego called Shredderman, and sets out to avenge himself and his fellow Bubba-sufferers. Our likeable but nerdly and put-upon protagonist spots his shot at redemption when Mr. Green (Nolan's pony-tailed teacher, a.k.a. "the Happy Hippie") assigns the class's monthly project: Students must create a newspaper page, complete with stories and photos, on a topic of their choice. In a flash, Nolan realizes he has the perfect subject: "I had an idea that would make Bubba Bixby sorry he'd ever called us names. Or swiped our stuff. Or breathed his trashy breath down our throats. I’d do my report on Bubba Bixby!" Shortly thereafter Shredderman is born, and Nolan springs into action, armed with a computer, a cleverly concealed digital camera, and his own top-secret Web page, Shredderman.com, "where truth and justice prevail!"

Wendelin Van Draanen, author of How I Survived Being a Girl, and the super-cool Sammy Keyes mysteries series, has all sorts of fun here, taking a traditional bully-comeuppance tale and adding some high-tech cyber twists. Her descriptions prove as playful as ever, "Bubba Bixby's got rocky knuckles. And killer breath;" and her goofy cast is made even more memorable by the lively work of first-time kids' book illustrator Brian Biggs. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

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