For a school assignment, fourth-grader Kaley corresponds with different children from all over the world and tries out new nicknames as she learns about e-mail, Web site design, slang, friendship, and foreign languages.
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Grade 3–5—Kaley's fourth-grade class is doing a unit on letter writing. Each student must select an e-mail pen pal from a worldwide list of English-speaking schools. The nine-year-old encounters one problem after another with her choice of "cyberpals." The first one turns out to be a boy, and "boys=YUCK." Her next choice begins well, but after a few days the girl from Zimbabwe decides to write to someone else. Kaley keeps picking new pals and soon has six correspondences going. Readers learn about her life through these e-mails, and through notes to and from her teacher and reports that she writes for class. The plot is humorous, and dramatic tension is created by the conflict between Kaley and her class rival. Since the story is mainly told through short e-mails, it reads quickly. Students, especially girls, will identify with the protagonist's letter-writing and friendship difficulties. The reading can be somewhat difficult as each type of communication is in a different font, the teacher's notes are often hard to read due to a fancier typescript, and Kaley often guesses at the spelling of certain words. The story is worth the challenge, however.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Book Description Darby Creek Publishing, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111581960514
Book Description Darby Creek Pub, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1581960514