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After creating a controversial and hugely popular website, teenager Josh Swensen becomes trapped inside his brilliant creation and must find a way to remain anonymous.

I am lying on my bed doing my homework in Greek and Latin roots for Advanced English. 'Ped' for foot, 'homo' for man, 'nym' for name. I sit with the dictionary in front of me, coming up with as many words as I can to complete the assignment. Pedestrian, homicide, pseudonym . . . I have more than thirty of them. By accident — that's always how these life-changing things happen — I connect two halves that don't seem like a word until I look it up. 'Pseudo', false; and 'cide,' to kill = pseudocide. To pretend to kill (yourself).

I stare at the word for a good long time. Homicide, suicide, genocide: these are words you can find in the newspaper every day. But pseudocide . . . now here was something different. My mind wanders from my homework to the blue cotton threads of my bedspread. Pseudocide. A way to start again as someone completely new, a way to burn the old self and try on a new one.

Josh Swensen isn't your average teenager - when he observes America, he sees a powerhouse of consumerism and waste. He's even tried to do something about it, with his start-up controversial website. But when Josh rises to messiah status of the internet world, he discovers that greed and superficiality are not easily escaped. Trapped inside his own creation, Josh feels his only way out is to stage his death and be free of his internet alter-ego, "Larry." But this plan comes with danger, and soon Josh finds himself cut off from the world, with no one to turn to for help. In this suspenseful young adult novel, Janet Tashjian has written a probing tour-de-force.

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When teenager Josh Swensen sees consumerism and waste in America, he tries to do something about it with his controversial start-up Web site. When Josh rises to messiah status, he's trapped inside his own creation. Josh feels his only way out is to stage his death and be free of his Internet alter ego, "Larry." This plan comes with danger, and soon Josh finds himself cut off from the world.

About the Author

Janet Tashjian has been hailed in reviews as having her finger on the adolescent pulse. She is the author of Multiple Choice; Marty Frye, Private Eye; and Tru Confessions, which was named a New York Public Library Best Book for Teenagers and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book. Ms. Tashjian lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

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Tony Danza, December 5, 2006 (view all comments by Tony Danza)
Interesting book, definately a must read. The near-end is particulary awesome. I recommend this to anybody around the age of 14. Definately something to ponder.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805063783
Author:
Tashjian, Janet
Author:
Tashjian, Janet
Author:
Holt, Henry
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Web sites
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Fame
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
v.3
Publication Date:
20011001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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