Attack of the Tagger (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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A great mystery series for middle graders and reluctant readers.

Someone is spray-painting graffiti all over Cedar Valley and it is up to fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, also known as Shredderman, to expose the vandal.

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Attack of the Tagger (Shredderman Series #2)

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Overview

A great mystery series for middle graders and reluctant readers.

Someone is spray-painting graffiti all over Cedar Valley and it is up to fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, also known as Shredderman, to expose the vandal.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417734955
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Shredderman Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 163
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen
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

CHAPTER I Shreddin' Sidekick

My name's Nolan Byrd, but I have another name, too. A secret name.

Shredderman!

Everyone at school has been to shredderman.com, but no one knows that Shredderman is me. And maybe a lot of kids at school call me Nerd, but Shredderman they call cool.

Okay, not everyone thinks Shredderman is cool. Alvin "Bubba" Bixby hates Shredderman.

Bubba's the reason I built the Shredderman Web site. He's a big bully with killer breath and rocky knuckles. Bubba used to flip over lunch trays.

Steal stuff!

Pound money out of little kids!

And since Bubba's sly—and a really good liar—no one could ever prove anything.

Enter Shredderman!

I converted my backpack into a spy-pack.

I hid my digital camera inside it!

And I started catching Bubba in the act—on camera!

Which is how Bubba's Big Butt—and a lot of his other dirty deeds—got posted on the Web for the whole world to see.

Serves him right for underestimating underdogs!

And it sure got teachers—and even Dr. Voss, our principal—to watch Bubba's every move. Cedar Valley Elementary is a much safer place since Shredderman came to town!

There is one person who knows that I'm Shredderman.

My sidekick.

My sidekick isn't younger than me.

Or smaller than me.

Or weaker than me.

Actually, he's got a lot more power than I do.

He's my . . . shhhh . . . teacher!

Everyone calls Mr. Green a hippie because he has long hair and drives an old Volkswagen van with dolphins painted all over it.

Mr. Green also plays the guitar. He loves his guitar! He plays it like crazy for music and then for all sorts of other reasons during the day.

He "punctuates" his points.

"Interludes" his lessons.

"Segues" his subjects.

"Crescendos" his comments.

What he really does is make tons of noise! Man, you should see his fingers fly! When Mr. Green plays, even Bubba Bixby listens.

People may make fun of Mr. Green and call him the Happy Hippie, but I think he's the coolest teacher ever. He's funny and smart and nice. And while everyone else may think I'm nerdy or geeky or dweeby, Mr. Green thinks I shred.

Which is what gave me the idea—and the courage—to become a secret cyber-superhero.

Everything was going great, too! Shredderman had exposed Bubba for the bully he is and no one had a clue that I was Shredderman. Not even my mom or dad! Well, Mr. Green figured it out, but instead of turning me over to Dr. Voss, he begged to be my sidekick.

"I'm going to be the best sidekick ever, Nolan!" he said.

"But, Mr. Green..." It seemed too weird. Like I should be his sidekick.

"And I've come up with a great name, too!"

"A name?"

"Yeah! The Bouncer!"

"The Bouncer?" I asked him. "Why the Bouncer?"

"Don't mess with Shredderman, man, or the Bouncer'll getcha!"

"Oh," I said, trying to picture it. "So what do you look like? A big ball?"

"No, man!" he laughed. "I look like a bouncer! Like one of those big cats that stands at the door to keep troublemakers out? Big muscles. Thick neck. Like a pro wrestler with tattoos."

"The Bouncer has tattoos?"

He shook his head. "Skip the tattoos. But you've got the idea, right?"

"Right."

"You'd better draw me with short hair." He snapped his fingers. "Hey, why don't you make me bald all over." He grinned. "No one'll ever suspect it's me!"

I went with the strong urge to rub my chin. "But why does Shredderman need a bouncer? He's Shredderman!"

He leaned in close and whispered, "You need a bouncer, Nolan, and I'm your man."

I shrugged. "Whatever you say, Mr. Green."

"Hey! What if I come up with a theme song?"

"A theme song? But that'll give away that it's you, won't it?"

"Nah . . . I'll write something electric. Distort it . . . pitch-shift it . . . add special effects. . . . I promise-it'll be outtasight!" He eyed me. "You can load song clips on your computer, can't you?"

"Uh-huh . . ."

"So let me see what I can do. You're the boss, though. If you don't dig it, I'll trash the idea." He grinned at me. "Or write something better."

So that's how I got myself a sidekick.

And a theme song.

The song's only about fifteen seconds when you boot up shredderman.com, but I like it.

It shreds.

Mr. Green has also helped me do new things with the site. It used to be "All Bubba, All the Time," but now it's got other stuff, too. Like a new Mystery Student every week, and joke contests, and riddles, and crossword puzzles. I keep Bubba's Big Butt posted for insurance, and I told Bubba in a Shredderman e-mail that it stays there until he starts being nice to people.

Shredderman also gets e-mails from kids wanting me to add a joke to the Jokes link, or just asking, Who ARE you? Sometimes I even get messages from kids who want Shredderman to watch out for someone that's causing them trouble at school. Usually girls do this, which can get a little embarrassing.

They always sign off, LOVE.

So for a while everything was going great. Only kids from school knew about the site, which was fine with me. It kept me plenty busy, and besides, I didn't want all of Cedar Valley wondering who Shredderman was.

But then something happened. Something that cried out, "Shredderman, we need your help!" And in the name of truth and justice I couldn't just stand by and watch.

I had to do something!
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Table of Contents

1 Shreddin' Sidekick 1
2 Toasting Peanut Butter 9
3 Du-uh! 18
4 Toilet Bowl Spy 26
5 The Can Turns Up 35
6 Old Town 44
7 Fighting Back 53
8 Along for the Ride 63
9 Mapping Out Evidence 72
10 Spraying Cyberspace! 81
11 Mistaken Identity 89
12 Mom and Dad Boot Up 98
13 Dirty Disguise 110
14 Trash Sack Hero 119
15 Up, Up, and Away! 133
16 Busted! 147
17 Truth and Justice Prevail! 158
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Shredderman!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Love books

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Boo

    Horible book

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    this is awsome

    cool

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    diary of the wimpy kid

    it was great

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Shredderman 2

    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.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Shredderman is awesome!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Why this book isn't good

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    THE FUNNY BOOK!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    THE BEST SHREDDERMAN EVER!

    THIS BOOK IS SOOO FUNNY. IN EVERY CHAPTER, THERE WAS AT LEAST SOMETHING FUNNY. I DON'T THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE A BOOK BETTER THAN THIS FOR A LONG TIME!

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