Friday, September 18, 2015

A Book for Girls Obsessed With Texting

Today I know I have a book that will resonate with quite a few kids and parents.  Do you have a daughter who is obsessed with her phone?  Is she texting constantly, even to her friend who is sitting next to her? Is she depressed if she doesn't get enough "likes" on her posts?  Do I have the book for you!

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Title: Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting!

Author: Tommy Greenwald

Target: Grades 5-8

Series: This is a companion book to the Charlie Joe Jackson Series

What this book is about: 
Katie Friedman is obsessed with her phone.  She texts her friends constantly, even when they are sitting next to her!  However, when an accidental text ends up hurting someone she really cares about, she starts to rethink things.  Add to that a challenge to stop using devices, given to her by someone she looks up to, and she is off her phone for a week.  Did I mention she also has to get 10 friends to join her?

Why I love this book: 
Well I am hard pressed to find many parents who aren’t dealing with phone issues with their daughters.  Most parents I know are lamenting that their kids no longer have actual conversations with friends, and the number of likes they get on instagram is more important than the friendships right in front of them.  This book speaks to all those issues and more.  

I like that the book doesn’t make the phone evil, but simply shows kids that hiding behind devices can allow them to be unkind and not face important situations.  Using the phone doesn’t mean the end of the world, but kids do need to be present and active in their own lives.

Who this book is for: 
Any girl who types on a phone keyboard faster than an actual keyboard.  The characters in this book are from the Charlie Joe Jackson series, and while the author assumes you have read the other books you do not have to to enjoy this one.  That said this is a different audience from his previous books so I do wish he would have given a bit more background information for new readers to the series.

Final thoughts:  
There is one glaring error in the book.  Boys in the story are on their cell phones  just as much as girls.  As a parent of both genders I can tell you that getting a boy to keep his cell phone charged is often a bigger challenge than getting him to stop texting!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It.) (Charlie Joe Jackson)  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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