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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Shredderman (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375823522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375823527
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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Gr. 3-5. Armed with a digital camera and ever-increasing confidence, Nolan, the nerdy fifth-grader who moonlights as a cyber-superhero (Shredderman [BKL F 15 04]), is back. This time a graffiti artist has struck in Cedar Valley, spraying buildings, playground equipment, and even the van of Nolan's teacher-cum-sidekick, Mr. Green. In his quest to nab the delinquent, Shredderman becomes a suspect, and clearing his name requires hiding in a smelly trash bag, riding his bike farther than ever before, and, of course, posting muckraking photos and articles on shredderman.com. The hullabaloo stirred up by relatively tame vandalism seems a bit unconvincing, and it's disappointing to see Nolan gaining more adult accomplices at book's end rather than allowing his alter ego's successes to carry over into his relationships with his peers. Not as stellar as Shredderman's first soaring leap into cyberspace, but still balm for all those dweeby kids who will see themselves in Nolan and cheer him on, as well as any middle-grader wanting something fast, funny, and technologically up-to-the-minute. REVWR
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More About the Author

"Through writing, I open up my heart and soul in ways I never could in everyday life. The joy, the pain, the wonder and loneliness I felt in growing up, meld into stories which I hope will help kids believe in themselves and have compassion for those around them."--Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes is a 2003 Edgar Award nominee.


Visit Wendelin Van Draanen's Web site at www.wendelinvandraanen.com for the lastest on The Gecko and Sticky, Sammy Keyes, Shredderman, and more!

How in the world did I wind up writing a book about a kleptomaniacal, talking gecko lizard? I'm the first to admit-talking animals are not my thing. First person, realistic fiction-that's what I like. And yet, after Sticky appeared as a sidekick television character in my Shredderman series and uttered his first "Holy guaco-tacarole!" I was hooked. He's so funny. And so full of mischief.
I always develop a backstory for my characters to get to know them. Even if they're secondary characters, I have to understand their background and motivations before I let them into the story. The premise of the third Shredderman book (Meet the Gecko) is that a television crew comes to town to shoot an episode, and Shredderman helps out the star of the show. Not wanting to deal with the legal complications of using a real television show, I made up my own: The Gecko and Sticky. In the process, I came up with the hero (Dave Sanchez-a boy who has the "superpower" of being able to walk up walls, and is known as the Gecko), the sidekick (Sticky who is, as you already know, a talking gecko with . . . h'hem, sticky fingers), the villain (the deadly, diabolical, and definitely demented Damien Black), and Damien's sidekicks (the Bandito Brothers, who are, in fact, not brothers, but a thieving mariachi band).
It was definitely wilder than anything I'd come up with before, but hey-it was just a made-up TV show, right?
Ah, how diabolically infectious made-up TV shows can be!
Sticky, you see, got under my skin. His "Ay-ay-ay"s and his "What the jalapeno was that?" and his "You cut me to the quick, senor" enchanted me, and I was sorry when his role in the Shredderman books was over.
After the Shredderman quartet was complete, I began getting lots of fan mail from kids (and teachers) asking me to please write more Shredderman books. It was tempting, because I love Nolan and the gang. But I'd completed my mission with the quartet; so instead, I started writing The Gecko and Sticky.
My first attempt resulted in an over 200-page manuscript. That was closer to a Sammy Keyes novel than a Shredderman book. So I hacked it up, threw it out, and started all over.
My next try had me at 150 pages-still too long, and something about it wasn't quite right. So I chucked it and asked myself what in the world I was thinking, writing in the voice of a lizard.
But then on a flight from New York to California, I started hearing a voice. It wasn't my voice. Or the guy snoring in the seat beside me. It was, you know, a voice. One in my head.
Yeah, we writers hear them, and although we will almost certainly deny it if you press us about it, we also listen. It's how I wrote Swear to Howdy; how Bryce appeared in Flipped; where Holly's poems came from in Runaway . . . and it's how the narrator took over the storytelling for The Gecko and Sticky.
It's a man's voice in my head. (Okay, I concede that I might need some help.) But he's funny as all get-out, and I like to listen to him. He's the voice of someone who loves the art of storytelling; of someone who will hold a child's wide-eyed attention as he shares the wild antics of a boy and his mischievous gecko; of someone I'd plead, "Just one more chapter, please?"
So I hope that explains it, because I really must go. He's talking to me again and I've got to get back to Dave and Sticky. They are, after all, in the midst of some deep, diabolical doo-doo . . .

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Our class loved it!
Allison J. Parker
This book (and the series) is great because shredderman uses a web site, and the geeks win!
David M. Burk
It's the perfect level for a 2nd grade reader.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
People who like mysteries will find this book mysterious. Wendlin Van Draanen writes his second book, Attack of the Tagger! The main characters of this book are Nolan (A.K.A Shredderman), Nolan's parents,and Ryan Voss. The problems in Attack of the Tagger are when Nolan(A.K.A Shredderman)was trying to trap the tagger but the tagger was trying to pin the blame on Nolan(A.K.A Shredderman). The setting of this book takes place in Ceder Valley,California.

In the beginning of the story Nolan(A.K.A Shredderman) was spying in the bathroom at school and saw Carl Blanco, Manny Davis, A.J Penne, and Ryan Voss talking about the graffiti showing up on cars, and Nolan thought it was one of them doing it. Next,the police found more graffiti in the park at night and Nolan and his dad went to look. When Nolan got home he found out who the real person was, who was doing the graffiti. The closest person was Ryan Voss, the principal's son. To find out who really did the graffiti go to your nearest library or book store and get the book.

The theme in this book is don't damage other people's things. This book remindes me of graffiti writing on buildings or signs. Boys in 3rd-5th grade will love this book.

J.H. in Annapolis
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A Kid's Review on June 26, 2007
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I think that this is the best book that i have ever read and now that i have read this one and the 1st one i have bought the next 2 books of the series.

This is one of those books that once you start it I say there is no stopping yourself, and I'm NOT a reader and I give this book a 5 star rating... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Chicklet
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A Kid's Review on June 26, 2007
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I think that this is the best book that i have ever read and now that i have read this one and the 1st one i have bought the next 2 books of the series.

This is one of those books that once you start it I say there is no stopping yourself, and I'm NOT a reader and I give this book a 5 star rating... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Chicklet
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By jsheridan on July 13, 2014
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This book does show a little shelf-wear but I am pleased with the purchase.
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By paiten Lynn harris on September 30, 2013
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I love this book my teacher reads it to the classroom and I read it to but I am moving on to the next book.
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By Elijah Muller on June 7, 2013
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I loveeeeee it thanks amazon! It lookes great on the ipad mini.... Thanks again ill be back for the next book!
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By Amy Marie Stilling on May 7, 2013
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This book is great and I would recommend this book to anyone! This book is truly a great,fantastic creative
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By M on February 17, 2013
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That was on of the best books I have ever read in my entire nine years of life.
BEST BOOK EVER!
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