07/22/2010 10:29 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'TimeRiders' Author Alex Scarrow Wants Books To Be 'Absolute Cocaine' For Kids

If Puffin's marketing department had tried to invent the ideal author profile to appeal to the difficult early-teenage-boy demographic, they couldn't have improved on Alex Scarrow. A former rock musician, graphic artist and computer game designer, who grew up in the Bahamas and looks like a cross between a surfer dude and a Zen monk? With a fantastically piratical name? That should do the trick.

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