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Chris Barton

Dear Reader:

What would make you pretend to be someone else?

For my subjects in CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES, the reasons were many: They wanted to make it in Hollywood. They didn't want to be killed by Nazis. They wanted to escape from slavery. They didn't want to go broke. They really wanted to drive a subway train. And so on.

I wrote this book because I wanted to understand what it's like to masquerade as another person. And to give you, the reader, a feel for that experience, I wrote CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? in a way that puts you in each subject's shoes.

I'm giving away signed copies of CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.?, picked from random entries. To enter, write me at

Yours (truly!),

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"[I]mpeccably crafted ... The use of second-person narration is very effective, allowing readers to assume the identities of each individual. Barton's prose captures the daring, ingenuity, and quick thinking required of each imposter." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Can I See Your I.D.? / Chris Barton / Dial Books

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0803733107 / Published: April, 2011

Ages 12+ / YA Nonfiction

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