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Seventeen-year-old Arlo Santiago lives for the “Drone Zone”—that free, joyful, anti-gravity feeling. He achieves the Zone with risky motorcycle stunts on New Mexico roads, or while playing his favorite video game, Drone Pilot. His gaming skills are so off-the-charts, he’s recruited by the U.S. Air Force to remotely operate real-life drones in Pakistan. How can he refuse the paycheck when his little sister’s health is at stake? This pull-no-punches novel soars, with poetic style, focus on friends and family, philosophical life-and-death musings, and vividly drawn setting of a land “at the intersection of mesa dust and tractor rust.”
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and he must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he carries following a violent death in his family. 15,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 341
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Historical / Military + Wars, Social Issues / Self-Esteem + Self-Reliance
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: Teen
Author: Conrad Wesselhoeft
Street Date: September 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-8006
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