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Never fear, Shredderman is here! Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the popular Sammy Keyes series, leaps to literary heights with this early-middle-grade series about a boy who puts on his thinking cap to battle the school bully.
It's sad to say, but it's true: Nolan Byrd is Cedar Valley Elementary's No. 1 nerd. But when Bubba Bixby -- a nasty bully who enjoys tipping over kids' lunch trays, calling names, and swiping stuff -- pushes Nolan a little too far, the brainiac boy decides to build a web site dedicated to outing Bubba's shenanigans. With photos of Bubba's pranks and plenty of cool graphics, Nolan's anonymous site, Shredderman.com, soon becomes the talk of the school. In the end, Nolan is thrilled that Bubba gets his comeuppance, and after he gets a surprise "sidekick," he sees that the bully's problems stem from something deeper than mere meanness (even though Bubba's not changing anytime soon!).
Three cheers for Shredderman! Van Draanen has created a "superhero" who speaks wonderfully to all the underdogs out there looking for justice. Kids will surely be looking to devour more episodes, and Brian Biggs's wacky illustrations make for an on-target complement. A crackerjack read for boys and fans of Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio or Megan McDonald's Judy Moody. Matt Warner