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A New York Times Bestseller

A 2008 New York Times Editor’s Choice

Winner of the 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Winner of the 2009 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 2009 White Pine Award

Winner of the 2009 Sunburst Award for Young Adult

A 2009 Hugo Award Nominee

A 2009 Locus Award Nominee

A 2008 Nebula Award Nominee

A 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

A 2012 Library Journal Editor’s Pick

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful, important book…I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart thirteen-year-olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it’ll change lives. Because some kids, maybe just a few, won’t be the same after they’ve read it. Maybe they’ll change politically, maybe technologically. Maybe it’ll just be the first book they loved or that spoke to their inner geek. Maybe they’ll want to argue about it and disagree with it. Maybe they’ll want to open their computer and see what’s in there. I don’t know. It made me want to be thirteen again right now, and reading it for the first time.”

Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author

“A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion.”

Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author

“An entertaining thriller…Little Brother is also a practical handbook of digital self-defense. Marcus’s guided tour through RFID cloners, cryptography, and Bayesian math is one of the book’s principal delights…Little Brother is a terrific read, but it also claims a place in the tradition of polemical science-fiction novels like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 (with a dash of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’).”

New York Times

“This novel brims with new and evolving technology, which may fascinate some readers and bog down others. But the well-integrated explanations, plot twists, humor, and romance between Marcus and a “h4wt” (translation: “hot”) geeky babe will keep this thriller humming along even for techno-duhs. Cory Doctorow tackles timely issues, including the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security. Hopefully, teens will pass this cautionary tale on to parents, teachers, and government officials.”

Washington Post

Little Brother is generally awesome in the more vernacular sense: It’s pretty freaking cool…A fluid, instantly ingratiating fiction writer…He’s also terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology.”

Los Angeles Times

“Doctorow throws off cool ideas the way champagne generates bubbles…[He] definitely has the goods.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco…Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions…within a tautly crafted fictional framework.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Readers will delight in the details of how Marcus attempts to stage a techno-revolution…Buy multiple copies; this book will be h4wt (that’s ‘hot,’ for the nonhackers).”

Booklist (starred review)

“Marcus is a wonderfully developed character: hyperaware of his surroundings, trying to redress past wrongs, and rebelling against authority…Raising pertinent questions and fostering discussion, this techno-thriller is an outstanding first purchase.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

Author Biography

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and author of nonfiction and award-winning science fiction. His science fiction has won numerous awards, and his young-adult novel Little Brother spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His novels have earned such awards as the Prometheus Award, the 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Sunburst Award, White Pine Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has served as Canadian regional director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

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Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

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