Enemy Spy (Shredderman Series #4)

Enemy Spy (Shredderman Series #4)

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by Wendelin Van Draanen, Brian Biggs
     
 

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Shredderman.com just made the national news! Everyone is talking about the new cyber-superhero. Oh yeah!

But now people are dying to know who is behind Shredderman.com. Reporters are snooping all over Cedar Valley! Oh no!

Nolan's parents and even his sidekick, Mr. Green, think he should lay low for a while. But being Shredderman is the best thing that's ever

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Overview

Shredderman.com just made the national news! Everyone is talking about the new cyber-superhero. Oh yeah!

But now people are dying to know who is behind Shredderman.com. Reporters are snooping all over Cedar Valley! Oh no!

Nolan's parents and even his sidekick, Mr. Green, think he should lay low for a while. But being Shredderman is the best thing that's ever happened to Nolan. It's so much better than being Byrd-the-Nerd. Plus, Nolan's just stumbled across what might be a real spy-ring! How can Shredderman not try to fight it?

But some problems are too big for even a superhero to handle. Sometimes the mask gets in the way. Will Nolan's quest for truth and justice mean he has to give up his secret identity? Can he become a superhero in real life?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A conversation with a school librarian confirms that this book will be as wildly popular as the other three books that feature Nolan and his secret alter ego, Shredderman, the cyber-superhero. When Nolan's web site is revealed on the national evening news, he realizes that his identity could be uncovered and he very worried. The most sensible thing would be to stay out of the spotlight for awhile. But then Nolan stumbles on a spy operation involving the passing of classified documents and he knows Shredderman has to foil this threat. Things get even more complicated when Bubba, the school bully, figures out that Nolan is Shredderman. The black-and-white drawings provide the perfect, often comical, accompaniment to the text as they clearly depict what the characters are feeling and thinking. 2005, Borozi Books, and Ages 9 to 12.
—Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-In his fourth appearance, Nolan stumbles onto an international spy ring and sets off a chain reaction of suspicions that lead to the arrests of his parents and his teacher. To complicate things, his archenemy, Bubba, has discovered that Nolan is indeed Shredderman. But instead of exposing his secret, the bully wants one thing: to be Shredderman's sidekick, The Bouncer. In the end, Nolan must reveal his identity in order to save his family and his favorite teacher. As in the earlier books, the protagonist uses his Web site to help move justice along and make sure the truth is seen. Readers will identify with him and the other kids in the school and will start rooting for the underdogs. Reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot and the black-and-white cartoons scattered throughout. The book could also be used to teach awareness about bullying and tolerance of kids who are different.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440419150
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Series:
Shredderman Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
219,173
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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CHAPTER 1
BUBBA BIXBY

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.

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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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Enemy Spy (Shredderman Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Melva Yousaf More than 1 year ago
It was the best book ever
Andy_11 More than 1 year ago
I thought every Shredderman was my favorite, but this one is! Read the others first though. Bubba is the big surprise in this one. Bubba getting into truth and justice? It's funny and now I hope that the guy who bullys us at school has someone good in him too. I wish there was another Shredderman.
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I havent read this one yet but I think it will be better than the first. Cant wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a goodie, and a must-read. It is so good, and, if you remember Alvin "Bubba" Bixby from Secret Identidy, he has tottaly changed. I don't want to give too much away, so, if you're looking for a book to read, deffinetly read this book. If you are age 7-11, I would deffinetly read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
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Lizzer More than 1 year ago
Shredderman 4 Ememy Spy One day after school Nolan went into the woods with his bike. He got a flat tire and left his bike in the woods. That same day at school there were a lot of people in the school parking lot. The kids were out there too. When Nolan got to school he was like "what's going on out here?" Even the police were there too. This is the best book in the series! I feel that Nolan is a friend.