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Chat Room
By author: Kristin Butcher
Selling Points: "Confidence, honesty"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: 650L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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I didn't allow myself to think about what I was doing, because if I did, I knew I would chicken out. I just typed the name and hit Enter.
Zhwuuup! In a flash my information was gone, launched into cyberspace somewhere. Before I had time to blink, a new page appeared on the screen. It was bare except for two short sentences: You are logged on, Roxane. You may now enter a forum.
My heart started beating so hard it hurt. Oh my god--what had I done? I was a registered chatter! Now I could be traced. The site administrator could track me down.

Linda is shy and avoids getting involved at school. But when her high school sets up online chat rooms she can't resist the urge to visit them. Fuelled by interest in a student with the nickname Cyrano, Linda participates in online conversations using the nickname Roxane and gains a reputation as the queen of one-liners. Soon Linda starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer who signs his gifts, "C." She is certain that her life has taken a turn for the better until "C" reveals his true identity.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 15, 2008
"A good high-interest, low-vocabulary read for reluctant female middle-schoolers. Recommended."
KLIATT - November 1, 2006
"A balanced look at social connections, both real and virtual, and the basic need to feel accepted."
CM Magazine - June 23, 2006


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007


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