attack-of-the-tagger-shreddermanTitle: Attack of the Tagger
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
ISBN: 9781595197573
Discs: 2 CDs, 1 hour 55 minutes
Publisher/Date: Live Oak Media, c2004.

“I don’t think Mr. Green believed I could help him. He wouldn’t even talk about it. He just wanted to scour the school. He wanted to call the police. He wanted to do things his way. His way? Sheez. Some sidekick.” (26)

Nolan Byrd, aka Shredderman, is back, protecting the world with truth and justice. His sidekick/teacher Mr. Green has fallen victim to a grafitti artist on the loose in Cedar Valley. Now the playground and downtown areas are also getting spray-painted bright red. This sounds like a job for Shredderman! But when his tips to the police backfire and throw suspicion on Shredderman, Nolan needs more than just a sidekick for help. And when Nolan’s reporter dad starts getting to close to the truth of who is Shredderman, will Nolan’s superhero days be over for good?

It’s unfortunate in my opinion that Nolan has to turn to adults for help in this sequel. I expected more of the same independence that Nolan exhibited in Secret Identity. While I still love the series, I’m a little less enthusiastic about the sequel. We’ll have to see if even more adults become knowledgable of Nolan’s identity. The situations however are still realistic for Nolan’s age and ability. And the narration on the CD is still done with the same charismatic style as the first, with even more voice styles for the new characters that appear.

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