Hi Guys! I'm really thrilled to bring you my tour stop of Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. I recently reviewed this book and found it to be an excellent read. You can check out my review HERE
For my tour stop I have a wonderful interview with Allen. If you scroll down you will see all the blurb on this book. Enjoy!
Author Interview - Allen Zadoff
As you know, I really enjoyed reading Boy Nobody. Where did the idea for the novel come from?
It came from Boy Nobody himself. My novels often begin when a character starts speaking to me, usually a character who is angry about something in his life and wants to change it. Imagine my surprised when I heard a teen assassin talking to me! When I asked him his name, he told me he didn’t have one. Later I would find out that wasn’t true, but he had purposefully buried his real name deep in his unconscious so memories of his old life wouldn’t interfere with his work. This was the beginning of the Boy Nobody trilogy.
There are some really cool gadgets Boy Nobody uses, my favourite was the lethal pen, where did the ideas come from?
I’m glad you like the gadgets! I worked hard on those. In the story, Boy Nobody is a chameleon who can fit in anywhere he goes. He shows up looking like a boy when in fact he’s a soldier and assassin. His tech gadgets are the same way. On the surface, they look like average items in the world. Under the surface they’re sophisticated tech devices or deadly weapons. In the case of the pen, I thought, “What is the most mundane thing a teen boy might have that could be used as a weapon?” That’s where the lethal pen came from. It’s sort of absurd and chilling at the same time.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
“A brainwashed teen assassin is forced to choose between his deadly mission and a girl he loves.”
If you want to read the book after that sentence, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Shakespeare. I believe he was the greatest dramatist and storyteller in the history of the English language. Can you imagine having him as a writing teacher? My only fear is that I’d sit down with him, and he’d say, “I don’t know how I wrote them. I just dreamed them up.”
If you could travel back in time to a certain event in history, what would it be?
Forgive my neuroses, but can I bring antibiotics with me? Because through most of history you could get a little ear infection and die two weeks later. With that said, I’d like to go back to the Renaissance and live during the time when art, culture, and thought flourished in Europe. That would be thrilling.
Many thanks to Allen Zadoff for stopping by Chocolate Chunky Munkie
Released: 23rd May 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Series: Yes #1 in the Boy Nobody series
Source: From publisher for review purposes
Author Site: Allen ZadoffBoy Nobody Facebook Page
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.
When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.