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Lost in Cyberspace Paperback – September 1, 1997

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140378561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140378566
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richard Peck has written over twenty novels, and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for young adults. A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle graders as well as young adults for his mysteries and coming-of-age novels. He now lives in New York City. In addition to writing, he spends a great deal of time traveling around the country attending speaking engagements at conferences, schools and libraries...Mr. Peck has won a number of major awards for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award from School Library Journal, the National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award, and the 1991 Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi. Virtually every publication and association in the field of children s literature has recommended his books, including Mystery Writers of America which twice gave him their Edgar Allan Poe Award. Dial Books for Young Readers is honored to welcome Richard Peck to its list with Lost in Cyberspace and its sequel The Great Interactive Dream Machine...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Would you like to go back in time? In the book Lost in Cyberspace by Richard Peck, you can. I like my book because it is really exiting and you never want to put it down. I also like it because it is science fiction and Peck describes every thing perfectly, it feels like you are in the book. In my book the main character Josh has a friend named Aaron and Aaron has an idea about time travel. He thinks he can just go to the past and come back to the present safely. But there is one problem, he accidentally brought someone from the past to the present and he can't take the person back and the person might be affecting the present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Lost In Cyberspace

It started out when Heather and Aaron found out how to go forward in time.They found out that bad things would happen.But then they learned they shouldn't mess with the future.

The character Heather likes to disobey her family.Aaron always carries his laptop.They like a lot of the same stuff though.

My opinion is that it's ok.There's nothing really great about it. I would give it a eight out of ten score.
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Format: Kindle Edition
While the writing is a bit juvenile and poorly-thought-out at times (which I suppose is somewhat acceptable in a children's book) and the world was obviously conceived pre-iPod, the story is interesting and the characters are lovable, if one-dimensional. Sometimes the technobabble is a bit much, and the title is completely misleading since the kids never get lost anywhere and cyberspace doesn't really ever enter the equation (other than being mentioned in the technobabble). But overall I think this would be a good book for middle-school kids who are interested in history and/or sci-fi, to help them stay interested in reading and to launch them further towards books of a higher caliber.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Richard Peck is one of my favorite young adult authors. He has written over twenty YA novels-- some of them folk tales, some ghost stories, some mysteries, some science fiction, some combination of these genres. _Lost in Cyberspace_ (1995) is pure science fiction. Josh Lewis and his friend Aaron Zimmerman find themselves dealing with school dress codes, bullies, the black hole (the computer room at school), time traveling codes... and a succession of strange au pair girls. The book is well written and good fun. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Turtleback
I am a person that is very into computers and time travel, but there arn't very many out there. Thats why I thought this book would be an exelent book for someone who really likes computers and time travel. You should try it!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Great story. I borrowed it for my son who is 8. He did not have time to read it. Instead, I read the whole book and enjoyed it. It is an interesting story.
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