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When Kate sits down at the computer, nothing seems out of the ordinary. But suddenly a mysterious message flashes up on the screen. Someone who calls himself BB-9 is trying to get through to her. It doesn't take long for Kate to figure out who BB-9 is - and she's sure that everyone else will be as excited as she is. But what do you do when you're about to make headlines...and no one believes you?

Ten-year-old Kate begins a communication exchange on a computer with ...

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Overview

When Kate sits down at the computer, nothing seems out of the ordinary. But suddenly a mysterious message flashes up on the screen. Someone who calls himself BB-9 is trying to get through to her. It doesn't take long for Kate to figure out who BB-9 is - and she's sure that everyone else will be as excited as she is. But what do you do when you're about to make headlines...and no one believes you?

Ten-year-old Kate begins a communication exchange on a computer with someone purporting to be from outer space, who says he is going to pay a visit to Earth soon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670235483
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/1984
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    Exciting Book!

    We think that this is a really great story and you will definitely enjoy it especially if you like fiction stories about UFO¿s and aliens. We wouldn¿t say it is good for anyone under the age of 9 because they may get a crazy idea that they can go on the computer and meet an alien. We would give this book 4 ½ stars because it is a great book, has lots of humor, and is an altogether fantastic book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    Wonderful.

    This book was absoloutly perfect in every way. Mysterious, and calm at the same time. One day I had a cold and I read it... I loved Betsy Byars ever since then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Great book!!

    This is a great book, like a mystry, in a way! It's suprising when I got to know about that alien! Every one should read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    computer nut invading your home

    This exciting book will take you to another world!! When Kate was on her computer she gets a messege!! What will it be you may never know who it is until she goes to the Burger place!! Who is it will the person show? Read to find out. The main charecters are Kate, Dad, Mom, BB9, willy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    The Computer Nut

    Kate was drawing a self portrait of herself on the computer then all of a sudden she gets a suspcious message from alien named BB-9. BB-9 is short for his full destinatoin which is to go on the laughing planet A.K.A Earth to see if anyone laughs. While on Earth BB-9 trys to find humor in human's. Know one laughs at his so called jokes. BB-9 is very upset he thouht Kate and Willie could show him a laughing planet........

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