A supercharged, international, Internet adventure.
Ned is a wizard with a computer. The king of the remote control. He adores snakes, lizards, and skinks, but people are less appealing. Less reliable. Ned is . . . Remote Man. What will it take to peel away his protective layer of indifference? How about a mother on the edge? A wild cousin from the Northern Territory? A sudden extended trip to the States? A goofy new neighbor? Nope, it’ll take a snake. Or two–one an endangered Australian python, and the other a smuggler who sells wild animals to the highest bidder. When Ned discovers what this animal poacher is doing, his anger forces him into action. Now Remote Man is more like a superhero or super sleuth–tracking down clues and enlisting the help of some Web-wise teens. Can five kids on four continents linked only by the Internet manage to foil a very real-world criminal? You bet your Oenpelli python they can.
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Popular Australian author Elizabeth Honey (Don't Pat the Wombat!, Fiddleback, etc.) tackles mental illness, Internet obsession, and rare pythons in her latest novel, Remote Man. Thirteen-year-old Ned is a wiz kid when it comes to computers, and he has a passion for skinks and snakes. But when it comes to people--especially his on-the-brink mother--Ned prefers to retreat to the manageable world of the remote control. After moving from Australia to Massachusetts and encountering a notorious international smuggler of endangered species, however, Ned is shaken loose from his apathetic existence. Suddenly, he and four e-mail buddies from around the world are enmeshed in a dangerous plot to put a stop to the criminal's evil ways. Their clever, technologically enhanced scheme may save some critters, but will the friends become endangered species themselves?
Honey's writing, although dealing with serious topics, is witty, exuberant, and very contemporary (much of it is in e-mail correspondence form): a real treat for fans and newcomers alike. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie CoulterAbout the Author:
Elizabeth Honey is one of Australia’s most popular authors.
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 7239
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