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Lost in Cyberspace

Lost in Cyberspace

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by Richard Peck

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Meet Josh Lewis, a sixth grader at the elite Huckley School. When his best friend Aaron announces that he can time travel with his computer, Josh isn't fazed. But when Aaron actually microprocesses himself into cyberspace, the duo must deal with unexpected visitors from the past -- and find out more about Huckley's history than they ever wanted to know!"Amiable


Meet Josh Lewis, a sixth grader at the elite Huckley School. When his best friend Aaron announces that he can time travel with his computer, Josh isn't fazed. But when Aaron actually microprocesses himself into cyberspace, the duo must deal with unexpected visitors from the past -- and find out more about Huckley's history than they ever wanted to know!"Amiable characters, fleet pacing, and witty,in-the-know narration will keep even the non-bookish interested."-- Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amiable characters, fleet pacing and witty, in-the-know narration will keep even the non-bookish interested in this semi-fantastic adventure. Sixth-grader Josh, from an upscale Manhattan home, gets mixed up in his best friend Aaron's experiments with "cellular reorganization'' (Aaron compares the process to faxing himself through cyberspace; Josh calls it time-travel). Before long Aaron has imported a few characters from 1923 into the present, where Josh must cope with them. To Peck's (The Last Safe Place on Earth) credit, the time travel mechanisms seem almost plausible; even better, they don't overpower the story. The author takes equal care in creating his characters, which include a string of silly English au pairs hired by Josh's newly single mom; Josh's 12-year-old sister ("I'm virtually thirteen and emotionally fourteen''); trendy teachers (the reading teacher calls his course Linear Decoding). Except for a pat and unnecessary twist at the end, when Josh's father shows up just in time for Peck to hint at a marital reconciliation, this clever caper doesn't miss a beat. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Richard Peck's boys are lost in Cyberspace. This adventure in a private school for boys concerns the school building, which used to be a Fifth Avenue mansion, and a ghost from its past which haunts the library. Peck uses computers to get us involved in time travel; his characters from the not-too-distant past are very real, and so are past circumstances that affect the present. The school, with its students and teachers, seems very real, too. For anyone who likes time fantasy with a dollop of hard science-the computers.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
After a series of ditsy and incompetent au pairs, Jason, 11, and his mom and sister are delighted with Phoebe, their new au pair, who looks like a maid from another time but whose culinary talents and loving care serve their needs impeccably. Fact is, Phoebe belongs in 1923, but has been microprocessed to the present by Aaron, Josh's computer nerd friend. Now he can't get her back. The boys too, become part of this time warp and learn secrets about the staff of their posh private school that they'd rather not know. As Aaron says, "You've heard of multicultural? I'm about to be multichronological." Lots of laughs and techno-babble. A winner!
The ALAN Review - Bruce C. Appleby
Richard Peck has again written a compelling story, peopled with interesting characters. Josh Lewis, a sixth grader at Huckley School for Boys, has an obnoxious older sister, a mother who worries too much (his parents are conveniently separated), and a computer nerd buddy, Aaron, who has almost perfected traveling through time in cyberspace. As Josh and Aaron travel through time and space, they untangle a confused legacy involving their history teacher and a servant from the 1920s. Despite the gratuitous appearance of Josh's father and the stereotyped adults, Peck has created young characters who are real and whose very flaws make them more interesting. Peck uses the talk and jargon of surfing the Internet well, giving us insights into how young adults understand cyberspace more realistically than do adults. (When the boys go to English class, they talk of going to Linear Decoding.) When your hard drive crashes and your buddy is traveling in cyberspace, a whole new kind of adventure is created, one that young people (perhaps 9 to 13) will enjoy.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Prep-school life in the '90s is confusing for sixth grader Josh as he tries to cope with his parents' separation, his obnoxious older sister, and a succession of wacky English "O Pears'' hired to assuage his mother's guilt about returning to work. He doesn't need the troubles caused by his computer-nerd best friend, Aaron, who is trying to invent a way to travel in time. But ready or not, Josh finds himself briefly transported back to 1923, and a housemaid from that time appears in the present to reorganize his life for the better. Crammed with events and overwhelming (not to mention unconvincing) computer theory, this story of a boy coping with trying situations is amusing, but uneven. For better Peck dealing with a similar theme (without the trendy computer technology), stick with The Ghost Belonged to Me (Viking, 1975).-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Carolyn Phelan
Who says that humor and science fiction don't mix? Peck pulls together threads from these and several other genres (problem novel, time travel fantasy, ghost story) to weave his own pattern of adventure and comic relief. Josh, a sixth grader at a private school in New York City, is barely coping with his parents' separation and the stream of unsuitable au pairs his mother hires. When his best friend, Aaron, merges two computers into a time machine, it seems an unwanted complication, but visitors from the past have an unexpected impact on the present--and possibly the future. Josh and Aaron endure the discomfort of molecular reorganization to experience the thrill of time travel, but the most memorable scenes occur when they bring people from the past into the present. Elements of the plot may intrigue those who wonder about the nature of time, but most readers will be happy reading this witty, fast-paced novel just to see what happens next.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Meet the Author

Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of the country’s most highly respected writers for children. In fact The Washington Post called him “America’s best living author for young adults.” A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his historical and contemporary comedies and coming-of-age novels. He lives in New York City, and spends a great deal of time traveling around the country to speaking engagements at conferences, schools, and libraries.

Mr. Peck is the first children’s book author to have received a National Humanities Medal. He is a Newbery Medal winner (for A Year Down Yonder), a Newbery Honor winner (for A Long Way from Chicago), a two-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Edgar Award winner. In addition, he has won a number of major honors for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Lost in Cyberspace 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lost in Cyberspace is an excellent science fiction book. It is about 2 boys that learn about their school's history in an odd way. I could not put this boook down and you won't be able to either. Read Lost in Cyberpace!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I probably wouldnt read this for fun. I did this on my sci fi novel at school and it was a definite easy A I LOVE THE BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think everybody should read this book
trent stephens More than 1 year ago
The biggining is very slow but, when you get to the trnth chapter it gets interisting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No it dosent its interesting on like ch. 4 or 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!