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On Sale: December 24, 2008
Pages: 176 | ISBN: 978-0-307-55967-8
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Synopsis

Synopsis

Even superheroes have problems. That’s what Nolan discovers when he meets Chase Morton, the boy who plays his favorite TV superhero on The Gecko and Sticky. Chase is being hounded by a sleazy tabloid reporter who is evil! Sneaky! A liar! So Nolan vows to expose the truth on Shredderman.com. After all, superheroes have to stick together in the fight for truth and justice. Oh, yeah!
Wendelin Van Draanen

About Wendelin Van Draanen

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Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen’s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.
 
Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.
 
Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen’s greatest reward for writing. “One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn't get any better than that,” she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny—that individuality is a strength, and that where there's a will, there's most certainly a way.
 
Her first book was published in 1997, and since then her titles have won many awards. Now in its sixteenth installment, the Sammy Keyes Mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery five times, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief bringing home the statue. Additionally, she has won the Christopher medal for Shredderman: Secret Identity, the California Young Reader Medal for Flipped, and the Schneider Family Book Award for The Running Dream. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, Shredderman became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie, and Flipped was released as a feature film, directed by Rob Reiner. She lives in California with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include the “Three R’s”: Reading, Running and Rock ’n’ Roll. 
 
Fun Facts
Born January 6 in Chicago, IL 
 
Previous Jobs
Forklift driver, coach (sports), musician, high school math and computer science teacher 
 
Inspiration for writing
The past, the future, and the struggle for a happy ending!
 
Favorites
. . . food: sushi
. . . clothes to wear: Sneakers, shorts, and sweatshirts
. . . colors: Emerald green with a splash of midnight blue
Teachers Guide

Teacher's Guide



NOTE TO TEACHERS

Nolan Byrd is a great kid who feels “invisible.” With no friends and a bully named Bubba constantly hounding him, school isn’t an easy place to be. It’s a good thing that Nolan has terrific parents who support him, and a cool teacher who inspires him. Fed up with Bubba and his bullying ways, Nolan creates a Web site for his alter ego, cyber-superhero Shredderman. As Shredderman, Nolan exposes Bubba the bully, and along the way, discovers that the fight for truth and justice is bigger and more
important than his own problems.

ABOUT THIS BOOK

When his favorite TV star comes to Cedar Valley, Nolan Byrd is the happiest kid/cyber-superhero in Cedar Valley, until a sleazy tabloid reporter starts hounding the celebrity. Can Shredderman reveal this slimy paparazzi photographer for “the mole” he is?

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Growing up, Wendelin Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic, and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children. Van Draanen lives with her husband and two sons in California.

Q. What inspired you to write the Shredderman series?
A.
A confluence of several things: having been bullied as a child; seeing my oldest son ostracized at school; being a computer science teacher; and observing that kids find ways to bully other kids. I wanted to create something fun, fast-paced, and substantive that would help spark a love of reading.
Q. What do you like best about your character Nolan Byrd?
A.
That he’s a champion of the underdog. He’s undaunted, creative, enthusiastic, and is such a sweet kid.
Q. What has been the best compliment you’ve ever received from a child about the Shredderman series?
A.
The most touching comment came from a shy fourthgrade boy who approached me after a school visit and whispered, “I wish Shredderman went to our school.” I leaned forward and whispered back, “He does.” Then I tapped him on the chest and said, “He’s right inside. You just have to let him out.”

DISCUSSION AND WRITING

1. On page 68, Nolan says, “But the fight for truth and justice was bigger than wanting friends. Bigger than being called Nerd. Bigger
than me.” Discuss what Nolan means by this statement. What’s so important about truth and justice?

2. What does Nolan mean when he says, “Inside, my dad’s got the heart of a superhero.” (p. 93)

3. Reread Chapter 15, “Scared Circuitless.” Why does Bubba yell at Miss Newby and then storm out of the room. Why do you think a
tough-guy like Bubba was crying?

4. On page 134, Nolan wonders if he lived with Bubba’s dad, would he get meaner? And if Bubba lived with Mr. Byrd, would he get nicer?
What do you think would happen if Nolan and Bubba switched dads? What do you think is the key to making Bubba a nicer boy?

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

1. Nolan Byrd has a colorful way with words. Go back through the book and make a list of similes, metaphors, and other creative ways
Nolan uses to describe people and things. For example, on page 89, Nolan says, “Bullets started shooting out of my sweat glands.” Have students illustrate one expression from the list.

2. Sticky, a kleptomaniac gecko, is the sidekick on Nolan’s favorite television show. Have the class research information on geckos and other radical reptiles.

3. The Gecko and Sticky is shooting an episode in Old Town, the historic district of Cedar Valley. Assign each student a site or event from
your town’s history. Challenge students to come up with creative ways of presenting their research findings to the class.

VOCABULARY

Diabolical (p. 14), quarks (p. 18), literally (p. 23), hospitality (p. 28), loitering (p. 48), gastropod (p. 54), scurried (p. 76), ingot (p. 76), wrangler (p. 85), fumigate (p. 121), miffed (p. 155), and vigilante (p. 157).

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Prepared by Colleen Carroll, Education Consultant, Curriculum Writer, and Children’s Book Author, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

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