Sometime in the near future, tech-savvy teenager Marcus Yallow finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes a terrorism suspect. Suddenly his casual objection to being monitored— via his internet use, the school-employed gate sensors, and public transit fast-passes—becomes a critical, life-altering protest. But, how do you thwart the efforts of overzealous watchers without becoming as guilty of the invasion of others’ privacy as your enemy? Where is the line between public safety and personal freedom? This intelligent romp through the worlds of surveillance, code-writing,and internet communication also offers a compelling examination of the question: What will be the legacy of the young people who grow up in an age of high-tech “anti-terrorism”?
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Little Brother is classified as YA or young adult fiction. It is considered appropriate for students in grades 9-12.
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The author uses some big words and sophisticated techniques. You might find some of the content disturbing. This might be the heaviest piece of literature that you have read at this point. Take your time and pay attention.
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