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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
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Natasha read this and loved it, talking me into starting as soon as she was done. It deals realistically with both the surveillance on students today in the US, and on what could happen in the immediate wake of another large-scale terrorist attack. It includes the sort of torture we know our government is fond of.

And while I was still turning it over in my mind, trying to decide how to review it, a principal decided to throw his school's One Book summer reading program out the window two days before classes ended, because he decided he didn't like the book which he had already approved. So, you know, now i want everyone to read it, and give it to kids to read, just to remind Washington High Principal Michael Roberts that irony is not dead, but his career should be. Read the story at http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2014/06...

There is good news. http://boingboing.net/2014/06/06/why-... Cory Doctorow and Tor books are sending 200 copies of the book to Pensacola FL.

Fight the power! We are, we've already got the sequel, Homeland.

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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy Fight the power! I love that!


Jessica-Robyn My oh my, I really need to bump this one up on my summer reading list. I read some of the comments on the article you linked to and WOW. They illustrate the precise reason why people need books like this one. Disallowing a book is a form of censorship. Also, how awesome is a One Book summer reading program? That sounds like a great idea for reluctant readers because it could engage them on a social level! Give a kid a reading list and you'll look at it like homework, but a school wide assignment? Awesome concept!


message 3: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Ceccato Out of curiosity -- what aspects of this book earned it a spot on your "feminism" shelf? The reviews and the description make it seem awfully, well, guy-ish (more guy-ish than I generally prefer reading), but if it does have a feminist angle, I might be interested...


message 4: by Melki (new)

Melki Should I add it to my "banned books" list?


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