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ISBN13: 9780765319852
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Little Brother, Cory Doctorow's acclaimed YA science fiction novel, has been optioned for film by producer Don Murphy (Natural Born Killers, The Transformers). Long before the cameras roll on that feature, however, Little Brother has been adapted to the stage by Chicago's Griffin Theatre Company.

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Marcus, aka "w1n5t0n," is only 17 years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works — and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Review:

"SF author Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom), coeditor of the influential blog BoingBoing, tells a believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco, victimized first by terrorists and then by an out-of-control Department of Homeland Security determined to turn the city into a virtual police state. Innocent of any wrongdoing beyond cutting school, high school student and techno-geek Marcus is arrested, illegally interrogated and humiliated by overzealous DHS personnel who also 'disappear' his best friend, Darryl, along with hundreds of other U.S. citizens. Moved in part by a desire for revenge and in part by a passionate belief in the Bill of Rights, Marcus vows to drive the DHS out of his beloved city. Using the Internet and other technologies, he plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse, disrupting the government's attempts to create virtually universal electronic surveillance while recruiting other young people to his guerilla movement. Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract gait-recognition cameras, arphids (radio frequency ID tags), wireless Internet tracers and other surveillance devices, this work makes its admittedly didactic point within a tautly crafted fictional framework. Ages 13-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

In "Little Brother," Marcus Yallow and three tech-savvy friends skip school to play an alternate reality game that requires finding clues around San Francisco. But "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" soon morphs into a 21st-century take on George Orwell's "1984" when terrorists blow up the Bay Bridge. Because of the high-tech gear they're carrying, the four are picked up, brutally interrogated and detained... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Cory Doctorow tackles timely issues, including the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security." The Washington Post

Review:

"This smartly written novel has the potential to launch powerful classroom discussions and change the way young people think about government." Children's Literature

Review:

"As with 'Big Brother' in George Orwell's 1984, this book will motivate the reader to contemplate free speech, due process, and political activism with new insights." Voya

Review:

"Teen espionage fans will appreciate the numerous gadgets made from everyday materials." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back?

Synopsis:

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHOS WATCHING BACK?

Synopsis:

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high schools intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where theyre mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Synopsis:

Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.

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About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a coeditor of Boing Boing and the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online, and Locus. He has won the Locus Award three times, been nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, won the Campbell Award, and was named one of the Web's 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He hopes you'll use technology to change the world.

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wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
A paranoid trek through post-terrorist attack San Francisco in a not-so-far-fetched future, with the city is under siege by US forces in the name of Homeland Security. Like The Fourth Realm trilogy, this story is about the battle waged between subversives and a corrupt power, with the battlefield occurring in the streets, in the media and, especially, on the Web. The message is clear: we must take an active stand in our governance, otherwise the power-hungry few will terrorize the conservative many, and completely marginalize the powerless. Taught, suspenseful and completely believable, this will appeal to marginalized, tech-savvy and forward-thinking teens and adults.
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Andrew SkinnerLopata, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Andrew SkinnerLopata)
Great book for pre-teens through adults. The story is not only well-written and engaging, but it gets the details right which makes it horrifyingly believable.
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moxynewman, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by moxynewman)
An important book for our times!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765319852
Author:
Doctorow, Cory
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Joe Schreiber
Author:
Karp, Jesse
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Alternative History
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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Product details 384 pages Tor Teen - English 9780765319852 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "SF author Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom), coeditor of the influential blog BoingBoing, tells a believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco, victimized first by terrorists and then by an out-of-control Department of Homeland Security determined to turn the city into a virtual police state. Innocent of any wrongdoing beyond cutting school, high school student and techno-geek Marcus is arrested, illegally interrogated and humiliated by overzealous DHS personnel who also 'disappear' his best friend, Darryl, along with hundreds of other U.S. citizens. Moved in part by a desire for revenge and in part by a passionate belief in the Bill of Rights, Marcus vows to drive the DHS out of his beloved city. Using the Internet and other technologies, he plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse, disrupting the government's attempts to create virtually universal electronic surveillance while recruiting other young people to his guerilla movement. Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract gait-recognition cameras, arphids (radio frequency ID tags), wireless Internet tracers and other surveillance devices, this work makes its admittedly didactic point within a tautly crafted fictional framework. Ages 13-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cory Doctorow tackles timely issues, including the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security."
"Review" by , "This smartly written novel has the potential to launch powerful classroom discussions and change the way young people think about government."
"Review" by , "As with 'Big Brother' in George Orwell's 1984, this book will motivate the reader to contemplate free speech, due process, and political activism with new insights."
"Review" by , "Teen espionage fans will appreciate the numerous gadgets made from everyday materials."
"Synopsis" by , Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back?
"Synopsis" by ,
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHOS WATCHING BACK?
"Synopsis" by ,
Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high schools intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where theyre mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

"Synopsis" by ,
Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.
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