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									Kevin BrooksKevin Brooks
With his sharp-eyed knack for zeroing in on the fears and foibles of the teenage set in novels like Lucas (our first Discover Great New Teen Writers selection), British author Kevin Brooks creates books that both adolescents and their elders can relate to.

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Fact File

Kevin Brooks
Date of Birth:
March 30, 1959
Place of Birth:
Exeter, Devon, England
B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983
White Raven, Branford Boase, and Sheffield Children's Book Awards

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								Lucas, Author: 
								Kevin Brooks.

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by Kevin Brooks
Our Editors on their choice of Brooks's second novel as the first-ever Teen Discover selection: "Lucas is filled with the kind of pain, love, and anguish that teenage readers adore.... Why not start your own parent/teen book club with Lucas? Neither of you will be disappointed."

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Writing Rituals

In our exclusive interview with Brooks, we asked him about his writing habits. "I don't really have any rituals," he admits. "My desk is quite small and empty -- just a computer, printer, desk-lamp, and a skull. But I have loads of shelves packed with books and toys and stupid little animals, and I like to surround myself with my special things, such as guitars and paintings and cowboy hats and plastic hyenas."

An Author's Inspiration

Brooks's Reading Recommendations

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								Catcher in the Rye, Author: 
								J. D. Salinger.

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Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Brooks tells us that Salinger's classic account of teen angst had a major impact: "I read this when I was about 14," he recalls, "and it was the first time I'd read a book that felt as if it was written for me, and me alone. It's so real and alive, and so intimate, that reading it was like finding a friend."

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								To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: 
								Harper Lee.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
We asked Brooks to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. He put Harper Lee's coming-of age-classic at the top of his list; read on to learn more about Brooks's summer reading recommendations, including:

*On the Road  by Jack Kerouac
*Sweet Thursday  by John Steinbeck
*Free Fall in Crimson  by John D. MacDonald
*Valdez Is Coming  by Elmore Leonard
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