Reviews for Enemy Spy


Booklist Reviews 2005 August #1
Gr. 3-5. In the fourth book about Nolan, a nerdy-looking boy who has secretly created a cybersuperhero to deal with a school bully, the mystery of Shredderman's inventor becomes a news item on national television. Just as the media noisily intrude on the quiet town of Cedar Valley, Nolan stumbles into a mystery, discovering a packet of secret documents and taking some incriminating photos. The pressure to keep his identity as Shredderman's creator takes its toll on Nolan's family and his teacher, but Nolan finds a new ally in an old enemy, someone he has underestimated in a fundamental way. Writing in first person, Nolan tells his own story in a snappy style that helps make this such an appealing chapter book. Despite his classmates' clear admiration for Shredderman, Nolan still has moments of loneliness as long as his secret identity is kept a secret. ((Reviewed August 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
The third and fourth books about an elementary school superhero who uses the Internet stretch credibility more than the first two. When Nolan, as "Shredderman," unmasks an unscrupulous tabloid reporter and a possible spy ring, local news agencies and even the FBI have trouble discovering his secret identity. Though these volumes will attract fans, Shredderman should have stuck to school problems. [Review covers these Shredderman titles: [cf2]Enemy Spy[cf1] and [cf2]Meet the Gecko[cf1].] Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 July
Gr 3-7-In his fourth appearance, Nolan stumbles onto an international spy ring and sets off a chain reaction of suspicions that lead to the arrests of his parents and his teacher. To complicate things, his archenemy, Bubba, has discovered that Nolan is indeed Shredderman. But instead of exposing his secret, the bully wants one thing: to be Shredderman's sidekick, The Bouncer. In the end, Nolan must reveal his identity in order to save his family and his favorite teacher. As in the earlier books, the protagonist uses his Web site to help move justice along and make sure the truth is seen. Readers will identify with him and the other kids in the school and will start rooting for the underdogs. Reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot and the black-and-white cartoons scattered throughout. The book could also be used to teach awareness about bullying and tolerance of kids who are different.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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