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Haze
     

Haze

by Kathy Hoopmann
 

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Seb is a loner. Brilliant with numbers but hopeless with people, he prefers the company of computers and his only friend, Guzzle. Things change for the better when he makes friends with Kristie, Madeline and Jen, and a new computer teacher - Miss Adonia - arrives. However, Seb is soon caught up in a web of computer fraud and lies and turns to Madeline's mysterious

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Seb is a loner. Brilliant with numbers but hopeless with people, he prefers the company of computers and his only friend, Guzzle. Things change for the better when he makes friends with Kristie, Madeline and Jen, and a new computer teacher - Miss Adonia - arrives. However, Seb is soon caught up in a web of computer fraud and lies and turns to Madeline's mysterious cyber friend for help.

Weaving the facts of Asperger Syndrome into the story, this fast-paced book is acclaimed author Kathy Hoopmann's best novel yet and will be a riveting read for teenagers of all sorts and abilities.

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Children's Literature
This book includes a mystery as well as a story involving Asperger Syndrome, emotionally and physically abused teens, and teen problems adjusting to high school. Seb, who has difficulties relating to people, is an expert when it comes to computer programming. He has only one friend, Guzzle, who lives with a physically abusive stepfather. Seb's life radically changes when he befriends Kristie, Madeline and Jen and when a new computer teacher, Miss Adonia, arrives at his school. His three new friends help him adapt to high school, while Miss Adonia introduces the idea that he may have Asperger Syndrome and not simply be socially inept. Ultimately, Mr. Minty, Madeline's mysterious friend from an online chat room, arrives to solve the book's Internet mystery and save Madeline from her abusive mother. Throughout the book, Seb and those around him begin to understand Asperger Syndrome and, in turn, he begins to learn to relate better to others. 2003, Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd, Ages 12 up.
— Lynn O'Connell
KLIATT
This mix of genres integrates high school, Asperger's Syndrome, abused teenagers, and a mystery. Seb has Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Baffled by social and emotional cues that everyone else understands, he splits his time between computer programming and coping with the myriad things (lights, noises, busy thoughts) that bombard him. Three girls begin to show him how to relate to others, but Seb is crushed when an exciting new computer teacher turns out to be an Internet investigator. The book is strongest when the reader's confusion mirrors Seb's: he doesn't understand how to connect with people, while we don't understand the computer hacking crime or its investigation. When Seb's friend Guzzle runs away from a physically abusive stepfather, Seb regrets the loss but has made enough social progress to begin a tentative but true (and very slightly sexual) bond with emotionally abused Madeline. There's much-needed sweetness in the appearance of Madeline's anonymous online ally, whom Seb contacts in desperation. The mystery wraps up mildly, with false accusations against Seb retracted. The splintered narrative voice prevents a solid Asperger's perspective but offers a rounded view and a surprisingly smooth read. Haze is simply written and accessible to readers of varying levels. KLIATT Codes: S-Recommended for senior high school students. 2003, Jessica Kingsley, dist. by Taylor & Francis, 159p., Ages 15 to 18.
— Rebecca Rabinowitz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843100720
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
05/09/2003
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
653,717
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.01(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian author currently living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She is the author of thirteen books for children and teenagers which sell widely in Australia, the UK, the US and the Middle East, and her books have been translated into ten languages.With a primary school teaching background, Kathy became intrigued by certain children'sunusual traits. After many years of dealing with, and talking to, people with Asperger Syndrome, she has a wonderful insight into the mindset of Aspies.Her sensitivity to their strengths and weaknesses and her passion for bringing understanding of their ways to the general public, and her ability to encapsulate this in her literature, has made Kathy a household name amongst Asperger Syndrome circles.

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