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Children's LiteratureThis 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