Thursday, August 6, 2015

Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting by Tommy Greenwald - ESSENTIAL

Greenwald, Tommy Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting (and lives to tell about it), 227 pgs. Macmillan (Roaring Brook), 2015. $13.99. Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  

Everyone in middle school are always on their phones, texting, tweeting, watching you tubes. No one connects any more.  When Katie’s boyfriend Nareem invites her to a Plain Jane Concert (Katie’s favorite band), Jane stops the show to ask everyone to put away their phones and just enjoy the concert.  Is texting out of control? It sure seems like it.  When Katie sends a text to Nareem that was meant for Charlie Joe, that seems to be the last straw.  Katie gives up texting, but a challenge from Jane to get 10 friends to also give up their phones for a week gets practically the whole school involved. But not everyone thinks giving up phones is a good idea.  

Greenwald makes a statement about the way kids use their devices. (Not talking face to face, saying things you’d never say out loud, talking about other people - causing drama) Parent/Teacher perspectives and the use of social media are all addressed.  This fun book is an essential part of the Charlie Joe Jackson series. Timely and fun.  

EL MS - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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