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Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back Hardcover – October 10, 2012

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Being tethered to our screens 24/7 is of huge societal concern to children, families and teachers. It seems insolvable but it isn't! In an inspired and inspiring example of 'taking on challenges,' Laura Pedersen's UNPLUGGED shows how a child comes up with a solution that gives her and her family what our studies show they want most time to be together and have fun. --Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs

Laura Pedersen's UNPLUGGED is a delightful book about the importance of face-to-face family time. Parents today need to model a balanced approach to technology use, but our children, like Ella in this timely story, know how essential it is to have a chance to talk, play games, and eat together. --Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D., co-author of 'The Digital Family,' Psychologytoday.com, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Busy families may forget the value of just spending time together--a chance to talk, connect, play games, and enjoy one other. Laura Pedersen's UNPLUGGED shows how easily a family can be derailed from that special time together and suggests a solution that is a good fit for everyone. --Eileen Doyle, Vice President of Program, Girl Scouts of the USA

Gold: Children's Picture Books, Family Life --Mom's Choice Award

Skipping Stones 2013 Honor Award --Skipping Stones Magazine

Skipping Stones 2013 Honor Award --Skipping Stones Magazine

About the Author

Laura Pedersen was the youngest columnist for the New York Times. Prior to that she was the youngest person to have a seat on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and wrote her first book, Play Money, about that experience. President Clinton honored Laura as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans, and she has gone on to write award-winning short stories, nonfiction, plays, and novels. She has appeared on shows such as CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Primetime, and David Letterman. Laura has performed stand-up comedy and writes for several well-known comedians. This is her first children s book. Laura lives in New York City and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem.


Penny Weber has worked as a mural painter, greeting-card illustrator, and portrait artist. Her children's books include One of Us, On My Way To School, Amazingly Wonderful Things, and Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness. Penny lives on Long Island in New York with her husband and three children and their cat Tiger.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers; First hardcover edition (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884483371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884483373
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Pedersen writes for The New York Times and is the author of Play Money, Going Away Party, Beginner's Luck (chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), Last Call, Heart's Desire, The Sweetest Hours, and The Big Shuffle. In 1994, President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman, and she writes for several wellknown comedians. Pedersen lives in New York City.

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A marvellous and timely reminder to young people of the freedom of not being totally enslaved to the dancing pixels that increasingly dominate our lives. This wonderful book, while still recognising the wonder of today's gadgetry, nonetheless reminds us in a gentle, non-preachy way of the need to communicate from one warm, living human being to another, and of the bedrock of a loving, supportive family. Well done, Laura !
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My third graders, both boys and girls, loved Ella and her electronic adventures. We had a wonderful discussion about the role of devices in our lives and how it makes us feel about our relationships when others are regularly distracted. I highly recommend the FREE TEACHER'S GUIDE that can be found online to discuss this story with individual children or children in groups. This is a book for which parents, teachers, counselors and librarians will find many uses. My kids are still talking about grownups who are glued to phones and computers. I was amazed at how aware they are of "divided attention." If you have an UNPLUGGED week at your school, like we do, you'll want to kick it off with Laura Pedersen's smart and funny story.
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UNPLUGGED was ahead of its time. Three years ago talking to children about when it's appropriate to use electronic devices and when it's rude was just another thing on the list of good parenting (and oftentimes teaching). Now being on smart phones is an epidemic for children AND adults. How can one even instruct the other when this addiction is a monkey on almost everyone's back and children are growing up thinking there is always something more interesting happening in their hand. UNPLUGGED is a wonderful start to tackling this issue, why it's sucking us all in, and what we're potentially sacrificing, which is turning out to be a lot.
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Managing our love of phones and other electronic devices seems to become more challenging every day. This book offers a great way to start a discussion about about the importance of relationships and how technology fits into our life. It's here to stay but what we do about it is up to us, especially if we start to make children aware of pros, cons and social etiquette at a young age. Some parents may even want to re-think their own usage patterns after asking how the kids are impacted.
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Electronic device etiquette should be obvious, especially to adults, but clearly it needs to be taught to youngsters while the rest of us need lots of reminders. My twins loved the story, main character and message of UNPLUGGED and now they're using it to catch out all the grownups, so it's become a game with positive results. We are all trying to be more mindful that interactions with REAL HUMANS should take precedence over phones, iPods, etc.
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As technology becomes more portable it makes it increasingly difficult to manage the urge to be glued to our phones, etc. UNPLUGGED is an excellent way to start a discussion on how to stay plugged in while not being RUDE and antisocial. My kids really identified with Ella and her video game-playing brother.
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I received a copy free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a really cute story about unplugging and connecting!! Kids will like it and grown ups can learn a valuable lesson from it!!

Beautiful illustrations!! My Nice is in love with it and I may never see my copy again!
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Laura Pedersen is writing about something rally important for our day to day life, in a way that is easy to grasp for children and provoking thoughts in adults. It is about our absorption with devices eating up our attention - smartphones, computers, video games. It is a book for children, a picture book, written and made to entertain. And so it does. At the same time it educates in a natural way. It raises questions, adressing an underlying uneasiness in our family life and society. I look at the book partly in a professional way too. I have worked with children for 26 years now and I have never come across a book quite like UNPLUGGED before. My children at once related to the story, showing their awareness of the adressed problem, although they would probably never have been able to communicate this without a kick off. I am really satisfied I bought the book. It has given me and my family a playful way to raise awareness for our handling of tech every day.
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