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Title:
User friendly
Author:
Gordon, Lawrence, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Port St. Joe, Florida : Karmichael Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
162 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Fifteen-year-old Eddie Fields' family moves into an old house, and when Eddie turns on his new computer the ghost of Frank Simmons makes words appear on the screen.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780965396608
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. Killed in a freak accident in 1952, pompadour-coiffed teen Frank Simmons has been stranded for 40 years in limbo, confined to his childhood home and just out of reach of his only ghost friend, an amiable old runaway slave named Joseph. When Eddie, a current resident of Frank's haunt, receives a computer for his fifteenth birthday, Frank communicates through the monitor and convinces Eddie to help free Joseph and him. To do so, they must decipher the deliberately vague clues left by Henry Redfeather, the only spirit to free himself from purgatory. This first entry in the Ghost Chronicles series liberally melds ancient legends, modern technology, and a sprinkling of metaphysics to tell a sufficiently complex story of three likable characters. With the focus on fun rather than high literary merit, the book is entertaining, thanks to its steadily paced, multilayered plot. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Trapped on the family homestead where he died on his 16th birthday and unable to communicate with humans, Frank Simmons can't find a way to break free of his in-between existence. However, when he discovers that he can communicate via computer with the teenage resident of his former home, Frank gains both a friend and the chance to escape. Gordon has created an interesting set of rules governing his ghostly characters' parallel world, but the story sinks under the weight of run-on sentences, too many exclamation points, and inconsistencies in tense and point of view.-Beth Wright, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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