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Secret Identity (Shredderman #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,946 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba.

Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can’t keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd.

Bubba has been the bane of Nolan’s existence for five long years. So when Mr. Green asks the class to become reporters, Nolan decides he’ll write an exposé—on Bubba. He doesn’t want to sign his n
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Yearling (first published February 10th 2004)
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Jun 10, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
So here's the deal...I must be a full-fledged mother now, because my radar was going off like mad on this one. Shredderman is the alter-ego of a bullied kid who decides to get even with the school jerk. He puts up his own website, posting mean pictures, and taunting songs about said mean boy. Now, I'm all for the underdog, and esp. when he overcomes a jerk, but isn't that, like, cyber-bullying??? Not a good idea, or lesson for the kids reading it!
Feb 09, 2017 Krissy rated it it was amazing
***Rated by my daughter***
Jan 06, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
I'm going to start by saying my brother told me to read this book because he liked it, so I read it. His review of the book would be a lot different from mine, but he's also 4 years younger so that's probably why. Anyway, I thought that Shredderman was an okay book. I didn't think it was very exciting. I liked that he did something about his school's issues. I guess it had a good morals- labels shouldn't limit, don't be afraid to do something about a bully, and be yourself- but I think I didn't ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
I had some mixed feelings about this: I felt like Nolan came a little too close to bullying behavior himself in his effort to unmask the school bully. And I didn't like how he was hiding so many things from his parents (the mom-code-of-conduct requires me to insert that comment! :^). But there were many things to like about the book, and they outnumber the concerns. Beyond the sneakiness, he does have a good relationship with his parents and they seem like a healthy, normal family. He starts to ...more
Clare Cannon
Mar 07, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 04-8yrs
Fun story that has a good message, about a little kid who wants to stand up to his bullies and spread truth and justice through his small part of the world. The trouble is, he goes about it the wrong way, and even though it's only a story, kids who try this could get into serious trouble. He builds a website in the name of 'Shredderman' that publicises (with photos and videos) all the bad things the bully does to other people. 'Shredderman' is there with his camera waiting to catch 'Bubba' out: ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book, the first in a series for upper elementary age children. On the one hand, it was a light-hearted read, full of empowering ideas, and it has positive messages about kids' relationships with parents, teachers, and classmates. And it's similar in style to the very popular Wimpy Kid series, only more preachy and less humorous. On the other hand, the method the main character uses to get revenge on a class bully, with the support of a teacher no less, shows poor ...more
Jarrod Call
Jun 02, 2012 Jarrod Call rated it it was ok
I felt like it is an entertaining book for children in later elementary school, but I am a little hesitant to recommend it to everyone because of the themes of the book. It has good messages of standing up for yourself and trying to make a difference, but the way the other promoted those ideas were inappropriate in my mind. Instead of working with teachers or parents to make a difference, Nolan took it upon himself to cahnge things via a website he created to "catch" the bully in the act of bull ...more
Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein
I really didn't like this book, and not because I'm not a fan of graphic novels. Yes, I guess it was good that Nolan stands up for himself against the bully, Bubba, but he went it about it in some pretty ugly ways, in my opinion. It was like he turned into the bully himself, and he did it in a cowardly way (online, through a newspaper, etc.). This is not the message to send kids. Stand up for yourself in positive ways, or better yet, ignore the bully altogether and you take his/her power away by ...more
Edward Creter
Shredderman deserves to have its own movie series! Here's why: a small school boy moonlights as a reporter for his website after witnessing the undignified cruelties of the school bully, masquerading as Shredderman, the lone crusader who stands up for the little man (aged 9-13) and defends truth and justice. No one knows but the hippie teacher who figures him out and asks to be his sidekick. This book even has a lesson IF and only IF the daring can find it. Hint: even the villain is not that bad ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Deborah rated it did not like it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Bubba is the school bully. He has awful nicknames for everyone, ruins his classmates' lives, and worse yet, none of the adults have been able to catch him in the act. Hippie Mr. Green gives his class the assignment of creating a newsletter about an aspect of the students' town. For this assignment, Nolan, a real nerd with a goofy fast walk, decides to create a website outing Bubba and his mean feats under the assumed name of "Shredderman."

Even though Bubba is a jerk, I though Nolan was mean, po
Sep 30, 2008 Wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I was expecting this to develop into a lesson about cyber bullying and the fact that you can't justify cruelty with "he-started-it," then I realized there was only one or two chapters left--not enough time to address the issues. Instead, the adults give explicit approval of Nolan's revenge. Creepy. As a teacher, I'm pretty sure Mr. Green, while otherwise great, could be fired for encouraging a kid to post a hate site, even if it's about a truly awful child.

On the other hand, I read the entire b
Jun 16, 2010 Boni rated it it was ok
Shelves: chapter-mg
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Jan 08, 2011 Kendra rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
This would have ranked higher for me except for one major flaw in the theme for me: it doesn't seem right to encourage children to fight bullying by humiliating the bully. Isn't that bullying? Granted, in this book the teachers and parents were doing nothing to stop the bully, but it still seems like it would have been better for him to take his "evidence" right to a teacher instead of broadcasting it on the web. No wonder the bully didn't really change at the end. Now, the bully has two reasons ...more
Ellen Brandt
Mar 13, 2010 Ellen Brandt rated it liked it
Shelves: older-elementary
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As a former bully victim, I loved it. As an internet safety teacher, I hated it.
Jul 03, 2011 Kit rated it did not like it
Shelves: juv
"Hey, kids! Is someone bullying you at school? Get back at them by cyberbullying them on the Internet!"
Mary Lee
Dec 28, 2008 Mary Lee rated it liked it
Is cyber-bullying okay if you use it against a real-life bully?
Mar 11, 2017 Catherine rated it liked it
I'm torn on this one. Nolan was in a situation where his school did nothing to stop a school bully, but Nolan's response was to cyber-bully the bully. Why does this child have a computer in a closed bedroom, why are the dangers of what he did not talked about? However, for any kid who is bullied, it is nice to see the kid who is bullied gain power and put a stop to it. I liked Nolan's parents even if they should have monitored his computer use. His teacher should have talked more with him about ...more
Mar 15, 2017 Dave rated it it was amazing
theres this kid in elemantary name nolan and he has a bully that is bubba and his teacher is who calls his band,president, or favorite guitar players shred man! Bubba bully's mostly everyone in the time bubba throwed jelly all over this girl in this cafeteria and nolan got it on his camera so he tried running to the bathroom because a teacher came and bubba ran.nolan bumped into bubba and his friends and they beated up nolan because nolan wouldnt do bubba's project.Nolan upla ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was a slow night at the library and I thought this would be something quick to read to pass the time. I was completely taken in with the story of Nolan and his class project. I am looking forward to reading the other three books in this series to see what adventures and learning moments lie ahead for "Shredderman".

I stopped and re-read the message on page 118 and hope that others reading Shredderman: Secret Identity did when they
Feb 28, 2013 Jnase1 rated it did not like it
Nolan is a fifth grader who gets picked on by a bully named Bubba. Actually, Bubba picks on everyone, even kindergarteners. Teachers don't seem to notice his behavior, which to me is unbelievable. How can you not know that a fifth grader cut someone's hair in class or that he flipped a whole table of lunch trays belonging to kindergarteners? In real life, there would be so many parents complaining to the administration that this kid would for sure be in an alternative school. But in this story, ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it
Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba.

Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can’t keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd.

Bubba has been the bane of Nolan’s existence for five long years. So when Mr. Green asks the class to become reporters, Nolan decides he’ll write an exposé—on Bubba. He doesn’t want to sign his name to it (that’d be suicidal), so Nolan creates a secret identity for himself—on the Internet. He launches a
Megan Anderson
Oct 20, 2012 Megan Anderson rated it did not like it
Shelves: formystudents, 2012
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Sep 28, 2010 Lincoln rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-fiction
So I am reading a 5th grade book for the In2Books reading mentor program. Shredderman is supposed to teach kids about bullies I suppose. Bubba is the bully who picks on people and calls them names. Nolan is the Shredderman...He gets his name because his teacher likes to play guitar and on one of Nolan's paper's as a compliment he said "You Shred man"

Anyways...they get the assignment to report on something so shredderman decides to do a report on Bubba and expose him to the world of what a bully
The first in a series, Shredderman:Secret Identity sets up the story of Nolan Byrd, a bullied fifth grader who is given an assignment to write his own news article.

Seizing the opportunity, Nolan turns his investigation upon the school bully and surreptitiously records the bully's activities to report on an eponyomously-named website that Nolan develops. Combined with typical late elementary-early middle school level satire, Nolan's website helps expose the bully to the administration and gives
Peter Heinrich
Cute lesson on how to use technology to combat a bully when parents and teachers don't seem to notice him tormenting everyone (and won't believe you when you try to bring it to their attention). This premise is so silly that the real message is almost lost—stick up for yourself and you can change things for the better, even if it's just a little bit.

Or is it? The fact is that Shredderman's anonymous, mean-spirited little online exposé of Bubba actually amounts to bona fide cyber-bullying. Oops.
Allison Parker
Jan 26, 2011 Allison Parker rated it really liked it
Nolan is fed up with the school bully "Bubba." Thanks to Bubba, every other kid has an awful nickname: Nolan is "Nerd," not just to Bubba, but to his classmates, too. When the class gets an assignment to create a newspaper front page, Nolan jumps at the chance to expose Bubba for the cruel troublemaker he is. Thanks to his mad computer skills, Nolan can complete the task through a website under a pseudonym: Shredderman!

I thought this book was great. Nolan is totally believable through his frustr
May 09, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
This is a pretty fun little series. For children, it might be best, though, to use it as a guided activity. Otherwise, it might come across that you have to have a lot of money and be really intelligent to overcome bullies, which seems counter to the point. It's also sometimes a bit on the mean side. I haven't finished the fourth and last book, yet, but it seems also that one of the good points made by his teacher in this book hasn't been followed through, in that Mr. Green suggested he use the ...more
Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen is a story every person who has been to school knows about. The bully seemingly runs the school until the other kids in class get fed up. Nolan Byrd, aka "The Nerd" finds a way to get back at all the name-calling, coercion, and grief that Bubba throws his way day after day. His teacher... peace-loving, ponytail-wearing, and inspiring Mr. Green excites Nolan with his clever writing/reporting project. He finds a way to expose Bubba's threatening ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Fifth grade; Alvin (Bubba) Bixby is a bully. Nolan is a nerd. You can kind of figure out where this is going, and yes, it goes there—Bubba torments Nolan but Nolan gets back by exposing Bubba’s bullying via the Internet. The characters and dialog are quite engaging, I’m sure elementary age kids (especially boys) will enjoy this book (and others, it’s first in a series). However as a parent, I’d make sure to discuss this book with my child. I think Nolan is verging on cyber-bullying here. While I ...more
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