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By author: Lois Peterson
Selling Points: "technology addiction, cell phones, responsibility, Facebook "
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.3
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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Since moving hundreds of miles to a new school, Daria has become increasingly dependent on her cell phone. Texts, Facebook and phone calls are her only connection to her friends in Calgary, and Daria needs to know everything that is going on at home to feel connected to her old life. Her cell phone habit looks a lot like addiction to her mother and to her new friend Cleo. Daria dismisses the idea of technology addiction as foolish until her habit puts a life in danger.
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2013
"Young teens will identify with the dependence on technology to remain connected in this book written for reluctant readers. The high interest, timely subject will be make for lively discussion for middle school readers."
VOYA - February 1, 2013
"[Orca Currents] cover up-to-the-minute topics in a fast-paced, captivating style...These are smart books that will hold the interest of reluctant middle school readers and would be a good purchase for all libraries...In Disconnect Peterson offers complex characterizations and a rich plot."
Resource Links - December 1, 2012
"Interesting and enagaging. Including themes of moving to a new city, flirting with boys, and general teenage anxiety, Peterson makes this more than a single-issue story."
CM Magazine - November 16, 2012
"This high interest, low vocabulary book is written for a generation that is used to being 'plugged in.'...Didactic without being preachy, Peterson will connect with her audience without losing them for judging one of the central means her audience uses to communicate."
Booklist - October 15, 2012
"An effective, up-to-the-minute look at a very real problem that will resonate with the vast majority of teens in love with their communication gadgets and social media."


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