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Richard Tracey has commented on (3) products.

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Pirate Cinema

Richard Tracey, January 30, 2013

Cory Doctorow tells 3 stories in 'Pirate Cinema' -- a teen urban survival tale, a teen legal and political thriller, and a teen romance. Trent McCauley is a 16-year-old creator of films made by editing together clips from the many movies of one famous deceased actor. He's great at this, less great in school. When the authorities discover the vastness of his downloading, he runs away to London. I enjoyed Doctorow's clever street kids who form Trent's new 'family.' They teach him to live on the street, eat from dumpsters, squat in abandoned buildings, and hide his identity behind a street name. Trent becomes Cecil B. DeVil and falls for a free-spirit girl whose family even call her by her street name, 26. The honesty of Doctorow's love story reveals an author who certainly experienced teenage love himself, though I was disappointed that the last pages of the love story didn't reveal the talent he showed in Marcus and Angela's romance in Little Brother, his previous YA novel. I took this as one more spot in Pirate Cinema where Doctorow's novel is a primarily vehicle for his activism to rationalize copyright law.
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The Enemy
The Enemy

Richard Tracey, January 2, 2013

Not another zombie series, "The Enemy" features diseased adults feasting in teens and kids in a ravaged London. Children have formed neighborhood packs to seek safety in numbers, and each pack includes well-rounded characters who engage our interest and sympathy. The packs trudge through London and come together to form regional tribes, one of which occupies Buckingham Palace. Author Charlie Higson--a British TV star and author of the "Young Bond" book series--says his books engage young readers because his first readers are his 3 sons.
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner

Richard Tracey, September 1, 2011

Midway through this YA novel, and the suspense is killing me. Just what is this maze? And who are the Creators?
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