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Attack of the Tagger (Shredderman Series #2)

Attack of the Tagger (Shredderman Series #2)

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by Wendelin Van Draanen, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)

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Nolan Byrd single-handedly saved his school from the bullydom of Alvin “Bubba” Bixby. He posted proof of Bubba’s exploits on the Web at Shredderman.com. Now Shredderman is the school hero! But since Shredderman’s identity is a secret, everyone still treats Nolan like . . . a nerd.

But inside this nerd beats a superhero’s


Nolan Byrd single-handedly saved his school from the bullydom of Alvin “Bubba” Bixby. He posted proof of Bubba’s exploits on the Web at Shredderman.com. Now Shredderman is the school hero! But since Shredderman’s identity is a secret, everyone still treats Nolan like . . . a nerd.

But inside this nerd beats a superhero’s heart—one dedicated to truth and justice. So when a vandal spray-paints graffiti around town—and even on his teacher’s van!—Nolan decides that tracking down the tagger is a job for Shredderman.

But while he’s trying to trap the tagger, the tagger is trying to pin the blame on Shredderman! Can Nolan turn the tables back around before his secret identity is revealed?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shredderman: Secret Identity; Attack of the Tagger Wendelin Van Draanen, illus. by Brian Biggs. Random/Yearling, $5.50 each ISBN 0-440-41912-3; 0-440-41913-1. PW said, "Van Draanen launches a one-man Revenge of the Nerds for the elementary crowd." Ages 7-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Score one for the nerds! Fifth-grade geek Nolan Byrd's alter ego, Shredderman, exposes the school bully's evil deeds and gains a fan base in cyberspace with a shreddin' web site. But his image suffers when a spray-painting vandal attacks the town, then implicates Shredderman as the tagger. The protagonist of this breezy chapter book is by turns ingenious (on a stakeout, he hides in a huge trash bag full of leaves) and as dopey as any ordinary kid (he forgets that you're supposed to put the peanut butter on the waffles AFTER you toast them). Van Draanen keeps the action clipping along, using more than her share of exclamation points, but she also challenges her young readers with words like "segues," "barricades," "interludes" and "bionic." Like her cyber-hero, her story emphasizes brains over brawn. 2004, Alfred A Knopf, Ages 9 up.
—Donna Freedman
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Nolan's life has not been the same since he invented Shredderman. Sure, he's still called "nerd," and he avoids running into bully Bubba Bixby, but now he's secretly a cyber-hero. As such, Nolan knows he's the man for the job when graffiti is spray-painted around Cedar Valley and the culprit cannot be caught. However, things do not go as planned as Shredderman is accused of being the tagger, and he is under the clock to see that truth and justice prevail before his true identity comes to light. Van Draanen delivers an entertaining sequel to Secret Identity (Knopf, 2004), packed with plenty of action and humor to keep kids, especially reluctant readers, turning the pages and rooting for Nolan. As in the first book, Biggs's black-and-white illustrations capture the humor and action of the straightforward plot.-Christine McGinty, Albany Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Self-styled "cyber-superhero" Nolan Byrd once again wields digital camera and Web site in defense of truth, justice, and just deserts for bullies. Someone's painting silly faces all over town, and Nolan, thanks to some sharp observation and a conveniently overheard conversation, suspects that Bubba Bixby, the previous episode's bully-de-jour, knows who. So how to unmask the vandal, without revealing his own secret "Shredderman" identity? Like a younger Sammy Keyes, Nolan springs into action, "blasting" through doorways, "zooming" down streets, and working on a complicated plan to post a video of the baddie in action-all while springing through several running subplots, both at home and at school. Equipped with a genuinely juvenile sense of humor (but a clear sense of right and wrong, too), plus a serious addiction to exclamation points, this engagingly bright, complex fifth-grade sleuth will sweep readers into his newest jet-propelled adventure. (Illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 8-11)

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Random House Children's Books
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Shredderman Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.43(d)
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Bubba Bixby was born big and mean, full of teeth and ready to bite.

That's what my mom thinks anyway.

My dad says a boy isn't born bad—he grows into being bad.

I don't know who's right. What I do know is that Bubba Bixby's got rocky knuckles.

And killer breath.

Teachers are always telling him to use words instead of fists—they have no idea what they're saying! Bubba-breath can knock you out cold.

Ask Ian McCoy. It actually happened to him in the third grade. When Bubba shouted at him, Ian's eyes rolled up in his head.

His knees buckled.

Then he blacked out and bit the dirt.

We had to slap his cheeks like crazy to get him to wake up, and when he did, he sat up, then threw up.

My father thinks I shouldn't call Bubba "Bubba" like everyone else does. He thinks I should call him Alvin, which is his real name. I've told him that calling him Alvin will get me pounded. Mike McDermish got dared to do it once and was nothing but Mike-mush when it was over. Now it's "Sure, Bubba" and "You betcha, Bubba" whenever he talks to him.

My mom and dad used to try to get the school to do something about Bubba. They talked to teachers. They even talked to the principal, Dr. Voss, a bunch of times. Nothing changed.

Dad thinks Dr. Voss isn't assertive enough. Dr. Voss thinks I'm not assertive enough. She says that kids like Bubba help us get ready for life.

Now that I'm a fifth grader, my dad tells me not to worry about Bubba. He says that I've got a lot more on the ball than Bubba does, and that one day Alvin Bixby will be working for me.

But he's wrong on two counts. First, that's forever away. And second, I wouldn't hire Bubba in a million years.

I'd fire him.

Say . . . what if I could fire Bubba from school? Wouldn't that be cool? Just kick him out and tell him to never come back. I could eat lunch without him flipping over my tray. Play four-square without him hogging the ball. Line up for class without him taking cuts and shoving the rest of us back. Oh, yeah. School without Bubba would be a whole new place.

I have to admit that our teacher, Mr. Green, tries to keep Bubba in line, but Mr. Green's already got one full-time job teaching fifth grade, and my mom says it's hard for him to take on another in the middle of it.

Plus, Bubba's sly. So no matter how hard Mr. Green tries, Bubba gets away with stuff.

Like lying.

And cheating.

And stealing.

My magic-rub eraser is in Bubba's desk right now with the initials B.B. gouged into it. So are some of my colored pencils. And probably my favorite The Gecko and Sticky magazine and the Dinosaurs library book I keep getting a reminder on.

It's not just my stuff that gets stolen. Bubba takes things from everybody. Even his friends, Kevin and Max. Actually, I think he steals from them the most.

The only thing Bubba's ever given anyone is names. I used to be Nolan Byrd. Now I'm Byrd-the-Nerd.

Or just plain Nerd.

Jake is Bucktooth. Trey is Butthead. Marvin is Moron. Todd is Toad, Ian is Fizz, Jenni is Worm-lips, Trinity is Pony-girl, Kayla is Freckle, Sarah is Kiss-up . . . everyone's got two names: one from their parents and one from Bubba.

His names stick, too. If Bubba calls you something a few times, you'll hear it over and over again from everyone. Some people like their names. Like Brian Washington. Even the teachers call him Gap because he wants them to. He doesn't have a gap between his front teeth anymore, but Bubba called him that in second grade, and he hasn't been Brian since.

So that's Bubba. He calls you names. He steals your stuff. He breathes putrid fumes in your face.

And even though I've always wanted to do something about it, I could never figure out what. I'm half Bubba's size and don't exactly want to die in elementary school.

So I just eat lunch far away from him, make room when he's cutting in line, and let him call me Nerd.

It's not fair, but at least I'm still alive.

Meet the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen enjoys the “three Rs”: reading, running, and rock ’n’ roll. The author lives in central CA.

Brian Biggs is an illustrator, designer, graphic novelist, and accordion player. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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Attack of the Tagger (Shredderman Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh no shredderman is being blamed for something he didnt do. I know how he feels sometimes I get blamed for things, lets hope he can turn things around.
Lizzer More than 1 year ago
Shredderman 2 Attack of the Tagger. If you read Sherdderman 2, it will help you learn not to spray paint the teacher's car so you don't have to get called down to the principal's office like Bubba had to go to Dr. Voss's office. Mr.Green had his class look for the spray can. Nolan took a picture of Bubba talking in the bathroom. And when Nolan got home, he looked at that picture and posted it on the website for everyone to see. This book was fun to read. It was fun to get to know Nolan, Mr. Green and Bubba even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious! In third grade i read it and it was kinda easy. Tgis book goes to SECOND graders. Im in 6th grade noe tho. ps everbody go to Visio 2007 for dummies go to the reviews and read +Lily. Thats Me!!!
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TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
it was great
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Andy_11 More than 1 year ago
This book was fast and funny and I liked it even better than the first one. It made me feel like I could help out in this world too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend you read this book to you'r child/children.This book has very good detales.You could read this at any age.I red this book in just three days.It's very interesting to me and my family.It's very funny and i really like this book.You could also find some funny jokes in this book.I recomend taking you'r time reading this book.It's so interesting you would not want to put this book down.You could also read on a family road trip or just to come you down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horible book
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first Shredderman was a five, outstanding. I read this book hoping it would good but it disappointed me. The story spent too much time talking about the characters and not getting into the actual story.
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