Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody

Written by Allen Zadoff

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A gripping, high octane thriller which stretches nerves and keeps readers guessing as the taut drama unravels. No one knows much about the new boy in the class. He seems harmless and he fits in easily. He can make a good friend. But he leaves a deadly legacy. When Jack takes him home, he has no idea that his life will be changed forever. But the boy has done this before. And he is moving on and will do it again. But having no fear, sympathy or remorse begins to take its toll. Can Boy Nobody keep his memories under control? And what will happen if he can’t?

Perfect for fans of Jason Bourne, Robert Muchamore and Michael Grant.


Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long.Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of natural causes. Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

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A fast-paced thriller following the adventures of a brainwashed teen assassin. Children's Bookseller

Zadoff shines in this entertaining twist on the teen spy novel...hard-edged narration and twists will keep readers riveted. Publisher's Weekly

The Bourne Identity meets James Bond meets Alex Rider meets oh my god this book is so amazing my head is going to explode BOOKTALK

This book is a breath of fresh air in the young adult sector, placing the emphasis squarely on the “adult” and reminding us there is more to teen literature than sparkly vampires and love triangles. It also gives us a male character as complex as The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen.

About the Author

Allen Zadoff

Allen Zadoff's first YA, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, was published by Egmont in 2009 and 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 May2011 and his next YA novel, Since You Left Me, will publish in August 2012. He teaches writing in LA.

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352 pages


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

23rd May 2013




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