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Common Sense Media says

Exciting, provocative dystopian novel will make teens think.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byzorba1994 April 9, 2008

Good read.

The book is very well written, and is very realistic. Sex: Young couples attempt to several times, but it is never explicit (pause) Violence: Pepper Spray against protesters, a stabbing (non graphic), a waterboarding (torture) session. General cruelty from the government towards minors (PAUSE) Drugs/alcohol: The main characters host a party with alcohol at it. The main character says he has a fondness for hash. (PAUSE) Social Behavior: The government is cruel, and treats everyone like a terrorist. The main characters are hackers, and hacking is shown as a good thing (however, I would like to point out that hacking has gotten a much worse rap than it should, it is not as dangerous as it is. If more people knew how to hack, there would be LESS identity theft, because the security would have to be better). (PAUSE) All in all very good Mature: 13+, Normal: 14+
Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008

Brilliant Teen Book!

This book is a fascinating look at the world of technology. The book is set in modern America, but the DHS has taken over. People's rights are being compromised for "the good of the republic." A group of teens use technology to regain their freedom. There is some bad language, several violent or scary scenes, and some sexual content. The complicated plot of the book and some of the more mature references make this a better bet for teens 15+.
Kid, 12 years old May 3, 2016

Little Brother Review

Ok book for teens.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byrasberrysoup March 13, 2016

Censoring what books your child reads is exactly the opposite of what Doctorow teaches us.

Great book; I read it when I was 12 and just recently reread it. Little Brother is extremely powerful and educational, and encourages kids and teens to take control of their lives and question authority. There are some violent scenes, but they're important to establish the tone of the story (Marcus' extreme anger toward the DHS can only be understood after the violent depictions of what they did to him). There is plenty of swearing, but as a teenager I can verify that it's an accurate representation of how most teens talk. As for the sexual content, it does seem unnecessary. It's not important to the story, so if you plan to read this book out loud to your kid, you can easily just skip over the sex scene and the makeout sessions. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it has some slurs, specifically tr*nny, wh*re, and b*tch. If a kid reads this book they might think that kind of language is okay, so I suggest you have a conversation with your kid about slurs and harmful language.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 9, 13, and 16 year old Written byBooktress October 1, 2009
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written bylecritic February 5, 2009

Wonderfully Written, Very Timely

An amazing book about government taken too far. To Bibliophile: Just because a book has some mature content in it, doesn't mean its bad. The Godfather is the greatest movie of all time, but that has sex, violence, and language.
Parent of a 11, 15, and 18+ year old Written byJulieKryger1970 January 5, 2009
Parent of a 5, 9, 11, and 14 year old Written byJamesRobertson January 4, 2009