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Secret Identity (Shredderman #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,209 ratings  ·  153 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...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Yearling (first published February 10th 2004)
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Megan
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!
Tricia
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
Jarrod Call
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
Boni
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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
Deborah
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...more
Wendy
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...more
Kendra
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
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Kit
Jul 03, 2011 Kit rated it 1 of 5 stars
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"Hey, kids! Is someone bullying you at school? Get back at them by cyberbullying them on the Internet!"
Joan
As a former bully victim, I loved it. As an internet safety teacher, I hated it.
Mary Lee
Is cyber-bullying okay if you use it against a real-life bully?
Megan Anderson
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Jeffrey
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...more
Clare Cannon
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
Jnase1
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
Lincoln
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...more
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....more
Allison Parker
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...more
Ann
This new series from a young people's author is terrific. Wendelin gets it all right from a bullied boy's perspective. And most of the adults don't look like idiots (in other words, they're realistic). Her dialog is snappy and resonates because it's so true to life. Boys who probably won't read her Sammy Keyes stories (because Sammy is (gasp!) a girl) will love this character.
Heidi
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
Morgan Gibson
This book portrays the serious issue of bullying in schools in a manner that would be able to connect to many students. Many students are bullied in a much harsher manner, but most of the students are exposed to the type of bullying that is seen in Bubba. In the book, Nolan, given the name Nerd from the school bully Bubba, finally takes a stand against bullying. Often all it takes is for just one person to start some plan of action to curb bullying.
I was a little surprised at the approach taken...more
Chris
I'm not the target demographic for this book, but I found it pleasant enough. A fun little romp that actually might get kids to think about what they do on a day to day basis.

Plus, I think any author would do well to read books like this from time to time, simply because they are such tight little examples of story. There is always something Nolan is worrying about or trying to overcome. And it does a fine job at building up the action/obstacles that he must defeat. We SEE him change from scene...more
Jackie
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
Linda
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
Lanelibrarylady
Great for boys (or girls!). Nolan Byrd is nick-named Byrd the Nerd by school bully Bubba Bixby. When trying to stand up for himself doesn't work and the threat of physical harm has him worried, genius Nolan fights back the only way he knows how - with his brain! He devises a spy-cam, catches Bubba in some unsavory acts and creates a website to expose it all.
Nolan's secret identity "Shredderman" was inspired by his cool hippie teacher who encourages Nolan by writing "You SHRED man!" on his outsta...more
Lloyd
Dear Mr.Hudson,

I read Shredder-man Secret Identity. This book is about a boy named Nolan that is making a website called shredderman.com to report on this bully in his school called Bubba Bicxi but then he put lots of diferent things on it like jokes and riddles and he had lots of emails and he thought that he is a super hero. Then his teacher became his side kick.

My character's Nolan and Bubba has certain trait that describes them. For Bubba he is Mean:He calles people names for example he cal...more
Jen
My son is required to read this as a "one read" before entering fifth grade. I assume the intention is to use the themes as a launching pad for dealing with bullies. While some reviewers have criticized the book for using cyber-bullying as retaliation for physical bullying, there are positive messages in the end as the main character handles negative treatment in more direct ways, and as the teacher makes suggestions for future website development ideas. The book is a cute conversation starter,...more
Raeanne Ameele
Fun, clever read on empowering kids to deal with a school bully.
Abby Johnson
In order to get back at the school bully, Nolan creates an anonymous website under the pseusonym "Shredderman" where he posts pictures and videos of the bully's heinous acts.

Maybe it was the narrator of this audiobook or maybe there are illustrations in the book that make it more interesting, but I just wasn't all that wowed by Shredderman. I can definitely see how it could appeal to kids, though. The hero is a tech-savvy bully fighter who posts jokes and a big picture of the bully's bottom on h...more
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