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Shredderman: Secret Identity (Shredderman #01)


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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 badhe 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 fiststhey 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.

Product Details

Illustrated by:
Biggs, Brian
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Biggs, Brian
Biggs, Brian
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Draanen, Wendelin Van
illustrated by Brian Biggs
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Humorous Stories
Social Situations - General
School & Education
Social Situations - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Children's 12-Up - Humor / Jokes
Social Issues - General
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
February 10, 2004
Grade Level:
7.56x5.56x.64 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:

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Shredderman: Secret Identity (Shredderman #01) Used Hardcover
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Product details 144 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375823510 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious new series....'Wa-hoo!' for Shredderman, and kudos to Van Draanen for delivering a character-driven series that's spot-on for middle-graders and great for reluctant readers, especially boys."
"Review" by , "[Q]uick-moving, often comical....The reactions of his teacher and classmates will be as gratifying to readers as they are to Nolan....Kids are likely to log on to subsequent tales."
"Review" by , "Nolan's narration has a wistful reality that makes him believable and sympathetic....Characterizations are solid, if not overly complex, right down to aware parents and concerned teachers."
"Review" by , "[T]he author adds a supporting cast of unconventional characters, and pushes off a rolling tangle of subplots to set the stage for further exploits from Shredderman. They should get an enthusiastic welcome."
"Review" by , "Readers will be impressed with the protagonist's ingenious problem-solving abilities....This entertaining story...will keep even reluctant readers laughing and wanting more stories about this cyber superhero."
"Synopsis" by , Creating a secret identity for himself when he writes an expos of a bully for the school newspaper, Nolan Byrd launches, a place where truth and justice prevail — and bullies get what's coming to them. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity — Shredderman!
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