Characters 1 Characters 2 Setting Technology Safety

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Who is Marcus Yallow?
This person is the protagonist of the novel.

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Who is Darryl Glover?
This character has had a crush on Vanessa Pak for years.

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What is San Francisco?
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.

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What are cameras?
After the attack, these are ubiquitous in San Francisco. They are even found in classrooms.

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What is terrorism?
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.

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Who is Vanessa Pak?
This character has had a thing for Marcus for a long time, but doesn't admit it until the end of the book.

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Who is Jolu?
This character is even more technologically talented than Marcus.

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What is the Golden Gate Bridge?
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.

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What is a laptop?
Most people just go to Best Buy or the Apple store to buy one of these, but Marcus simply made one.

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What is a Humvee (or Hummer)?
Carrie Johnstone and her staff don't get around San Francisco by using the BART, they drive around in one of these.

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What is "Severe Haircut Lady"?
Though her actual name is Carrie Johnstone, Marcus prefers to call her by this less than flattering nickname.

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Who is Angela Carvelli (or Ange)?
She attends the same high school as Vanessa and develops into Marcus' love interest when she first meets him at a party.

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What is the Bay Bridge?
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.

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What is Harajuku Fun Madness?
This fictional game played by Marcus and his friends combines online clues and puzzles with a live-action citywide scavenger hunt.

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What is interrogate?
To ask someone questions in a thorough and often forceful way.

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Who is Lillian Yallow, Marcus' mother?
Her job is to help newly immigrated Britons integrate into American life.

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Who is Vice Principal Frederick Benson?
Before the terrorist attack, Marcus would say this person was his nemesis.

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What is the BART?
Milwaukee has the MCTS, while San Francisco has this.

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What is crypto? It's short for encryption or cryptography.
This is Marcus' word for the encoding and decoding of online communication.

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What is the Department of Homeland Security?
This government agency protects the U.S. from and responds to terrorist attacks.

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Who is Ms. Galvez?
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.

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Who is Charles Walker?
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.

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What is the Mission District (or the Mission)?
Marcus and his parents live in this San Francisco neighborhood.

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What is an Xbox?
Marcus uses this game console to create an alternative to the internet.

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What is the USA Patriot Act? (or Patriot Act)
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.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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