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Characters 2
This person is the protagonist of the novel.
Who is Marcus Yallow?
This character has had a crush on Vanessa Pak for years.
Who is Darryl Glover?
This city in northern California is home to the 49ers and the Giants and is not too far from Silicon Valley, where the Apple computer company is based.
What is San Francisco?
After the attack, these are ubiquitous in San Francisco. They are even found in classrooms.
What are cameras?
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
What is terrorism?
This character has had a thing for Marcus for a long time, but doesn't admit it until the end of the book.
Who is Vanessa Pak?
This character is even more technologically talented than Marcus.
Who is Jolu?
This spans a mile-wide strait to link the city of San Francisco to Marin County. It is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, of the state of California, and of the United States.
What is the Golden Gate Bridge?
Most people just go to Best Buy or the Apple store to buy one of these, but Marcus simply made one.
What is a laptop?
Carrie Johnstone and her staff don't get around San Francisco by using the BART, they drive around in one of these.
What is a Humvee (or Hummer)?
Though her actual name is Carrie Johnstone, Marcus prefers to call her by this less than flattering nickname.
What is "Severe Haircut Lady"?
She attends the same high school as Vanessa and develops into Marcus' love interest when she first meets him at a party.
Who is Angela Carvelli (or Ange)?
It links the cities of San Francisco and Oakland and carries approximately 240,000 vehicles per day on its two decks. In the book, it was destroyed by terrorists.
What is the Bay Bridge?
This fictional game played by Marcus and his friends combines online clues and puzzles with a live-action citywide scavenger hunt.
What is Harajuku Fun Madness?
To ask someone questions in a thorough and often forceful way.
What is interrogate?
Her job is to help newly immigrated Britons integrate into American life.
Who is Lillian Yallow, Marcus' mother?
Before the terrorist attack, Marcus would say this person was his nemesis.
Who is Vice Principal Frederick Benson?
Milwaukee has the MCTS, while San Francisco has this.
What is the BART?
This is Marcus' word for the encoding and decoding of online communication.
What is crypto? It's short for encryption or cryptography.
This government agency protects the U.S. from and responds to terrorist attacks.
What is the Department of Homeland Security?
A social studies teacher at Cesar Chavez High School, she is seen as a dedicated teacher and an independent thinker. She seems to be the only teacher that Marcus respects at his school.
Who is Ms. Galvez?
A student at the same high school as Marcus and Darryl, he is the antithesis of Marcus. He is a bully, a brown-noser and a narc for the authorities.
Who is Charles Walker?
Marcus and his parents live in this San Francisco neighborhood.
What is the Mission District (or the Mission)?
Marcus uses this game console to create an alternative to the internet.
What is an Xbox?
This was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. Its goal is to Unite and Strengthen America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.
What is the USA Patriot Act? (or Patriot Act)
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