Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart

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"A fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to distract teens from Facebook ..." --Kirkus Reviews

You can learn a lot about someone looking through their hard drive ...

Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.

Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They're stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose its livelihood.

When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why, but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.

"Stewart seamlessly incorporates the fast-paced world of social media into a unique writing style that perfectly captures the world of a modern teen ... Many teenage girl readers will find unconventional, strong Janus to be an intriguing role model, but as a clever, talented and often slightly dark hacker, she transcends gender stereotypes and will find fans among teen boy readers as well."--Kirkus Reviews
 

About Michael F. Stewart

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Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction Series. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand's, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada's award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children's Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015. For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS-a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.
 
Published March 20, 2013 by Non Sequitur Press. 188 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The real-world consequences of a teenage hacker's online exploits threaten to bring down her family business in the first book of Stewart's (Ruination, 2012, etc.) projected teen thriller series.

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