I’ve known a few knowledgeable, tech obsessed kids but none like Web Paige. She can troubleshoot your computer or cell phone problem and fix it for you. There’s no charge— just do a favor for someone else in the future
The compassionate side comes from her mother, a nurse, and the technical cyber stuff comes from her dad, a computer forensic expert in nearby Washington D.C.
The book begins with some needed backstory about how Web got her name, but then she is off to help a friend’s mom whose computer is doing some strange things. Ten chapters take you through many technology related problems, ones we’ve all probably heard about or experienced. Although Web frequently talks like an adult, you’ll be enriched with the information she provides.
The subplot of friends getting into trouble with their online activities and meeting strangers in chat rooms, is a strong reminder how dangerous the Internet can be for those who haven’t learned. A handy reference guide follows the story with tips on many of the common problems.
The Web Paige Chronicles is a much needed springboard for discussion about our current “always on” world. Middle grade kids and adults can learn from its lessons.
The Official Plot (from Tell-Tale Publishing)
Wilhelmina Evangeline Beatriz Paige is better known as “Web” to her friends because of her seemingly endless knowledge of computers. Always eager to lend a hand, she takes pride in helping the “technically-challenged” in her neighborhood as part of her “pay-it-forward” philosophy. But when her closest friends become the targets of cyber bullying and online predators, Web realizes that safely navigating the Internet is more than just using strong passwords and antivirus protection. By helping those who can’t help themselves, Web embarks on a journey through which she learns things from not only her friends, but also strangers, adults, and most importantly, herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (From Emilio’s own web site)
Emilio Iasiello is the author of the short story collection Why People Do What They Do, and a nonfiction book, Chasing the Green. He has published poetry in several university and literary journals, and recently had his chapbook Postcards from L.A. published in 2018. An avid screenwriter, Emilio has authored several independent films and short films. His stage plays have been produced in the United States and United Kingdom. A cyber security expert, Emilio has more than 15 years’ experience in cyber threat intelligence leading teams in the public and private sectors. He has delivered cyber threat presentations to domestic and international audiences and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and cyber security blogs. He lives in Virginia with his amazing wife and two adorable children.
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