by Allen Zadoff
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About the Author-
Allen Zadoff's first YA, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, was published by Egmont in 2009. It was a 2010 recipient of the Sid Fleishchman Humor Award. His adult memoir, Hungry, was published in 2007. Allen's YA "lad lit" novel My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies was published by Egmont in May 2011 and his next YA novel, Since You Left Me, will publish in August 2012. He teaches writing in LA.
Starred review from April 29, 2013
Zadoff (Since You Left Me) switches gears and shines in this violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel. His unnamed 16-year-old protagonist lost his identity when he was kidnapped and his parents murdered. Forced into a grueling training program, the teen now gets sent on undercover missions, befriending the children of powerful targets, getting invited to their houses, and killing their parents. He never questions his orders or actions until he’s given five days to infiltrate a ritzy private school and kill the mayor of New York City. Between the unreasonably short timetable and his attraction to Sam, the mayor’s gorgeous half-
Israeli daughter, he begins to wonder about his purpose and question the secretive Program that has trained and groomed him. Zadoff doesn’t break new ground, but he builds a tense and exciting story with a strong cast; Sam’s overprotective friend Darius and her frenemy Erica, in particular, are more complex than is typical for characters in those roles. If Zadoff occasionally pushes it with the gadgety spycraft, the blunt and hard-edged narration and twists will keep readers riveted. Ages 15–up. Agent: Stuart Krichevsky, Stuart Krichevsky Agency. (June)■
VOYA (starred review)
* "[Boy Nobody] is like a darker version of Alex Rider, [and] Thomas in James Dashner's Maze Runner series... Fans of such fast-paced action novels should love this first installment in the Boy Nobody series."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Boy Nobody:
* "Zadodff shines in this violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel. [Boy Nobody is]...a tense and exciting story with a strong cast...blunt and hard edged narration and twists will keep readers riveted."
School Library Journal
"A promising start to an exciting new series."
Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers
"When James Bond was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be half as hard-core as Boy Nobody."
Library Media Connection
"I cannot wait to get this title, first in a new series, into the hands of my male students who are often at a loss for material to read."
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
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