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Title
PopCo
Author
Scarlett Thomas
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Mariner Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20051003

PopCo tells the story of Alice Butler-a subversively smart girl in our commercial-soaked world who grows from recluse orphan to burgeoning vigilante, buttressed by mystery, codes, math, and the sense her grandparents gave her that she could change the world.

Alice-slight introvert, crossword compositor- works at PopCo, a globally successful and slightly sinister toy company. Lured by their CEO to a Thought Camp out on the moors, PopCo's creatives must invent the ultimate product for teenage girls. Meanwhile, Alice receives bizarre, encrypted messages she suspects relate to her grandfather's decoding of a centuries-old manuscript that many-including her long-disappeared father-believe leads to buried treasure. Its key, she's sure, is engraved on the necklace she's been wearing since she was ten. Using the skills she learned from her grandparents and teaching us aspects of cryptanalysis, Alice discovers the source of
these creepy codes. Will this lead her to the mysterious treasure or another, even more carefully guarded secret?

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SCARLETT THOMAS is the author of PopCo and The End of Mr. Y. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize andnamed Writer of the Year by Elle UK, one of the twenty best young writers by the Independent, andone of the Telegraph's 20 best writers under 40.

UK PRAISE FOR POPCO

"How many novels can you think of that leave the reader with an intriguing puzzle to solve, plus a cake recipe, plus a crossword and a list of the first thousand prime numbers? Clever, likeable, frothy, zeitgeist-chasing."--Time Out London

"No heroine this year was more beguiling than Alice in Scarlett Thomas's PopCo. A mix of maths, cryptography and vegan politics, this book might just change your life."--Independent on Sunday Novels of the Year.


Type
BOOK
Edition
1st US Edition
Keyword Index
Women designers - Fiction.|Toy industry - Fiction.|Young women - Fiction.|England - Fiction.
Country of Publication
Florida
Number of Pages
505

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