Chat Room [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 Roxanne 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" ...
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Chat Room

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Overview

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 Roxanne 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.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Stephanie Squicciarini
Linda, not known for being much of a social person, and her friend Janice, known as the class grump, normally agree on anti-school thoughts, but have come to disagree thanks to a new feature on the Wellington High School website. Chat rooms have been made available to students, and Janice tries to dissuade Linda from getting involved due to the potential danger. Linda decides to give the chat rooms a try and finds herself becoming more outgoing and comfortable with herself in the process. As "Roxanne" in the chat room she does not get teased or picked on for her comments and she finds a level of acceptance she never had before. She builds an online rapport with a student known as Cyrano and after leaving hints for Cyrano about what she will be carrying while at a school basketball game, things heat up even more to include a possible mistaken identity, a secret admirer, and the real possibility that Linda has put herself in danger. Teens can obviously relate to chat rooms and this new addition to the Orca Currents series offers a balanced look at the social connections, both real and virtual, and the basic need to feel accepted.
VOYA
Linda, although intelligent, is shy and withdrawn. She finds it difficult to make friends and break out of her shell. She is initially dismissive of the chat room set up by her high school but is slowly drawn to it. Soon, in the school's chat room, she finds the popularity missing in her real life. When another chatter starts hinting that he would like a real-life relationship and Linda starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer, Linda must decide if a real-life relationship can be as authentic as a cyber one. An offering from the Orca Currents line, the novel is designed for the reluctant reader. The font is large, the language is easy, the plot is compelling, and there is plenty of white space on the page. Nevertheless Butcher manages to sneak more difficult words into the text occasionally. The subject matter is topical and will appeal to readers familiar with instant messaging and MySpace.com. Butcher tends, however, to soft-pedal the dangers of a chat room romance. Although the author tries to warn readers of chat room dangers through an ancillary character and in the climax, the largest danger for the heroine is embarrassment. Its subject matter and breezy style will still make it a novel sought by female reluctant readers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Orca, 112p., and Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Steven Kral
Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
In this installation of the "Orca Currents" series, the author bravely takes a look at the controversy surrounding teenagers, the Internet, and private chat rooms. The plot is fairly simple, while the issues are not. The illusory nature of the Internet is subtly brought up, as when 9th-grader Linda checks out the school Web site for the first time and notices that the image of the school looks like a picture postcard—too good to be true. Her experience logging into the school chatroom for the first time, the panic she feels choosing a pseudo name, and the heady feeling of actually entering the room, are very realistic. Burning eyes and the hours lost online, all ring true. As Linda becomes hooked on chatting, the guilt of undone homework, and the necessary lies to adults she cares about, make the chat room experience a mixed bag. At the same time, one of the boys is so nice, and he seems to like her. When she gets the chance to meet him in real life, her friend warns her of danger, and her fear is palpable. Still, she has to go to find out. And in the end, there are a few surprise twists that lead to a satisfying conclusion; including Linda's necessary realization that "you can't really find out what someone is like by what they say online, can you?" A very palatable attempt at a difficult and emotionally fraught subject.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In Sewer Rats, Jim and his friends are part of a league of paintballers who play in the town's sewers. When a member of their team sabotages a match, her mates try to confront her. She runs into the tunnels when a rainstorm hits, and they must find her before the water rises. Suspense builds as Jim tries to overcome his fear in the drainpipes. In Chat Room, Linda, a quiet underclassman, strikes up conversations with a mysterious Cyrano in her school's new monitored chat room, only to find that her visions of the real Cyrano are far from the truth. Butcher hammers home warnings about online predators, and the chat dialogue is less than authentic with its complete sentences and absence of lingo. Real chatters will see past the fa ade, but the topic will generate some interest. With short chapters and written in an easy style, both books will appeal to reluctant readers. Adequate choices for heavily circulating paperback collections.-Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
CM Magazine
"Recommended."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"A good high-interest, low-vocabulary read for reluctant female middle-schoolers. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554695904
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 769,564
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kristin Butcher taught a variety of different subjects from primary school to high school before becoming an author. She credits her experience in the classroom with both helping her understand children and teens better, as well as making her a whiz at Trivial Pursuit. Kristin has always had a wild imagination and can't imagine that she'll ever run out of ideas for stories. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.
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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    To everyone and tony

    Anyone wanna chat. Tony shut up

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    Chat Room is to die for

    Chat room is the best book I ever read in my entire life! BUY IT!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Wred

    Havent read the book but like it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Mack to sydney:

    OMG REALLY! I thought I was like the ONLY person going to 7th grade. Thank God! Wait, one question, have you ever heard of Teen Beach Movie?
    Plz respond!!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    C

    Fuq u all here

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    You want to know what it's about, right?

    Go to, Editorial Reviews. It'll give you more info.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2015

    Ethen

    Im gonig to "res 2" for now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2015

    Josh

    Hey my name is Josh (obviously lol). If youd like to chat with me Skylar or Liv i will be at result 2. I will also try to advertise this chat house for you guys (as a se.x free zone).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2015

    Tap if you're here for chatting!

    I'm Liv and welcome to my chat rooms! This is a great chance to make new book friends or chat with old ones! There are a few steps to chat. Don't worry. It's simple. First, post a review saying your name and which result you plan to chat on. Please check the books beforehand to make sure that you don't disturb someone already chatting. Then, on that result, post a review asking someone to chat with you. If someone answers, you can chat with them. If you see someone's request but you don't feel like chatting with them, just move on. Please do bot post a review saying no. It wastes up space. If someone has already accepted to chat before you, let them. But do not lose hope! There are plenty more people around to chat with. I hope you have loads of fun! Your friend, Liv. P.S. If you want to chat with me, post a review saying your name and which result to chat on. &hearts &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2015

    Skyla

    Some one help me my dad is cussing the GPS out.........................................................................again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2015

    Sm







    Anyone wanna chat? Please reply in the
    title box :) -sm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    To: school drama

    Say yes if you like them and only if.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    JOIN THE SILVER STAR CRUISE SHIP!

    More people are joining every day. Will one of them be you? Come abord the ship at cruise ship res 1. See you there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Ima guy that loves to chat

    If ou want to chat anytime just say so

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Please read it is school drama

    So i am a bleech blonde with blue eyes i love surfing ya and at my school everyone asks me out because i am hot what should i do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    Brittanymcadams16@yahoo.com add me please

    Hey my name is brittany and i am looking for guys that want to chat and girls i just got my nook last christmas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    Alaska

    Does anyone want to chat? Reply to Alaska. Love Alaska

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Bella

    Um, thx for the advice, but im kinda really surprised about what u just said about not tellin my mom. I would never do that. And i have to say, i didnt think u would say to, either

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Jessie

    Ok thats good! Plus you wouldnt have to tell your mom about it....how old are you by the way?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    If you want a sexy girk

    Reply ti kateylnn.

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