Disconnectby Lois Peterson
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.
Meet the Author
Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was born in England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children. For more information, visit www.loispeterson.blog.com.
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This entry in the Orca Currents series is aimed straight at today's youth who seem (to many adults) to be overwhelmingly dependent up their phones and computers. Daria is constantly checking her phone and social media accounts for news from her friends in Calgary. How else will she know what's going in on their lives now that she lives in Texas? When Cleo questions the amount of time she spends being connected to technology, Daria scoffs at her new friend. But she finds herself in a dangerous situation that wouldn't have happened had technology been such an important part of her life. A quick read which will be popular with teens struggling with comprehension.