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>With the movie starring the next Shia LaBeouf?

>This whole iPhone leak story sounds like a YA novel. The boy (probably pudgy) lives with his mysteriously unreachable single dad, who runs a bar (this will allow for lots of wisdom from the grizzled regulars). Our computer nerd antihero is completely uncool–until the day he finds a too-cool-to-be-true device made by the most powerful company on earth left behind by someone in a group of partying programmers. (It will turn out that the guy who actually left the phone is the secret loner of the group, and he and our boy will eventually bond, leading somehow to the programmer’s romance with the next Cameron Diaz.) Ensuing media sensation leads the boy to undreamed of heights of popularity (and a date with the next Emma Roberts) until he discovers that popularity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He runs away to the woods armed with nothing but . . . a hatchet that had been left at the bar when his dad was a boy, by a prospecting drifter who turns out to have been, I dunno, Dicey’s father or something. In the woods he realizes that Nature has been communicating for eons without cell phones and so can he. With his dad. (In the movie, the trees will actually talk.)

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >So clever!! How do you ever think of such delightfully entertaining thngs to say?

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Thanks. All it takes is lots of reading plus a dyspeptic personality.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >Darn! I wrote out a nice Ocean's Fifteen plot for you with Brad Pitt and George Clooney and everything, which you would have like much better than Shia LeBeouf, but Blogger ate it.

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