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Cyber Writers and the Zebra of Life Paperback – April 26, 2010


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About the Author

Karen Kostlivy was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication. She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to her two sons, Camron and Masson, play guitar. After a successful career in both the private and public sectors, Karen decided to return to a former passion, writing and creating stories for readers of all ages. She happily resides in Yuba City, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: 3L Publishing (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615362265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615362267
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,776,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Kostlivy was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication. She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to her two sons Camron and Masson play guitar. After a successful career in both the private and public sectors, Karen decided to return to a former passion, writing and creating stories for readers of all ages. She happily resides in Yuba City, California, with her husband.

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I found myself anxious to find out what happened next, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
B.K. Walker, Author of the Wolves of Shadow Falls Series
It has everything that boys like, adventure, skateboards, humor, friendship, exotic locale, familiar situations, computers, magic and fantasy.
Janis Friesler
I would easily recommend this book to any boy...likely ages 8-13 would enjoy it best...or any young reader for that matter.
Lindsay Chung

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Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Daniel Dietz

Mason Witt is an average kid who loves skateboarding. He had been grounded for a week for riding his skateboard in the neighbors empty pool, and today was his first day of freedom. He was anxious to get off the bus to ride his board.

When he got home his mother made him his favorite snack of apples and peanut butter, so he ate quickly to be able to ride his board before they had to run errands. Before going to play, he ran to his room to put his backpack away and checked his email.

Being a pen pal on Cyber Writers, he found an email from Africa. Before he was able to read it, his mother yelled that they had to leave sooner than anticipated so they could get his brother Jamie at Karate, then go get hair cuts.

While getting their hair cuts Mason was so excited to get that email he asked the barber if he knew anything about Africa. When asked why, Mason told all about being a pen pal with Cyber Writers.

Finally home, Mason grabs a slice of pizza and runs upstairs to check his email. He starts reading and the introduction of Lutalo begins. Lutalo is in desperate need of help to return a Zebra and his missing father. "The Zebra is what brings prosperity to farmers crops and harmony to all villagers". The Zebra is known as the "Zebra of Life".

Getting ready for bed Mason crawls under the covers to finish reading his email. Suddenly he feels vines, jumping out of bed he realizes that his bedroom is changing into a jungle. Mason has been virtually transported to Africa.

Follow Mason and Lutalo during their adventures through Africa, as they begin the chase in hopes to safely return the Zebra of Life and Lutalo's father, Mwamba.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Being a pen pal is fun and young Mason Witt joins a group called Cyber Writers to connect with other kids around the world. One day, however, he learns from his African friend Lutalo that his village is dying due to the theft of their magic Zebra. Wishing he could some how help out his friend, Mason suddenly finds his world around him melt away to be replaced by thick forests of the African jungle. Don't worry Lutalo - Mason is here - help is on the way!

In Cyber Writers, Karen Kostlivy takes young readers on a fun and entertaining journey to Africa where talking animals and magic arrows help our young heroes track the thieves and save their village. Mason learns, as should all children, the value of friendship, teamwork, and frankly exercise! Running through the forest, climbing trees, shooting arrows, all requires strength and stamina and Mason learns his time in front of the TV or playing video games has left him a little soft unlike his African friend. He also learns that his exploring adventures to be much more fun and rewarding than anything he experiences in front of a television.

Kostlivy has created an interesting premise in Cyber Writers. One that I'm sure lends itself to future interesting volumes for young readers to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise McDonald on May 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Middle-grade fiction--that genre between early readers and young adult novels--must accomplish an often difficult task; engage reluctant or struggling readers.
Cyber Writers, by Karen Kostlivy, does just that. Teenager Mason Witt teams up with a fellow cyber writer for an incredible adventure through the heart of Africa. Kostlivy's rich descriptions put the reader into the story as Mason and his friend experience the true meaning of friendship, loyalty and the strength of family. But the best news about Cyber Writers is that it's the first of a series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janis Friesler on May 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
If anyone wants a book to attract their middle grade boy to read, buy this book. It has everything that boys like, adventure, skateboards, humor, friendship, exotic locale, familiar situations, computers, magic and fantasy. The best thing is that it is the first book in a series. This one is set in Africa, but each one will have a different country as a setting from what I understand.
As a teacher. I can see my students talking about this book.

Janis Friesler
Middle School English Teacher
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Often times, young boys dislike reading. It's a sad truth. If given Cyber Writers and the Zebra of Life, young boys would likely actually enjoy reading! This is just such a cool story about a young boy who is magically transported to Africa and undertakes a heroic adventure with a friend found through Cyber Writers, an electronic penpal circle. The pair (Mason and Lutalo) take on the African jungle and dangerous kidnappers to save Lutalo's father and the magical Zebra of Life.

This story is full of imagination and would easily transport a young mind straight into the heart of Africa puts the reader right in the action. I would easily recommend this book to any boy...likely ages 8-13 would enjoy it best...or any young reader for that matter. Parents, if your son is reluctant to read, try handing him this book and watch as he finds out what a book can do for a young mind.

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