By Scott Westerfeld
(Razorbill, Hardcover, 9781595140005, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2004
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Ever wonder who was the first kid to keep a wallet on a big chunky chain, or wear way-too-big pants on purpose? What about the mythical first guy who wore his baseball cap backwards? These are the Innovators, the people on the very cusp of cool. Seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque's job is finding them for the retail market. But when a big-money client disappears, Hunter must use all his cool-hunting talents to find her. Along the way he's drawn into a web of brand-name intrigue- a missing cargo of the coolest shoes he's ever seen, ads for products that don't exist, and a shadowy group dedicated to the downfall of consumerism as we know it.
Scott Westerfeld lives in New York, New York and Sydney, Australia.
“Westerfield tackles the merchantry of cool like no other YA author offering a witty and provocative investigation of the surrealistic world of marketing and status.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review