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Pub date October 26, 2017
Price $14.99 (Paperback, $7.09 Kindle edition
Alexander’s striking latest in the Educate and Empower Kids titles offers young readers a fresh perspective on how to use technology for good and make a positive impact. Noah is thrilled to have a smart phone for his eleventh birthday. As he begins his foray into the online world of social media, he realizes things are not as they seem on the surface: people can behave differently in digital world–from being unfriendly to acting outrightly mean, and there’s something like technology addiction that makes people detached to their surroundings. Noah must work hard to bring a positive change. Alexander treads a well-worn path here, but the advice she offers is expensive and stimulating. Lively colorful illustrations by Jera Mehrdad are perfectly in pitch with the crisp verse, and Alexander’s straightforward, assured writing beautifully shows Noah’s growth as he learns to navigates the ups and downs of the intricate online world. Alexander realistically portrays Noah’s progress; his initial misery is relatable and his journey toward the realization that technology can be good is inspiring and authentic. It’s a fun, insightful read that should easily please young readers as well as parents seeking to introduce their child to the rapidly shifting world of technology. The book will also make a great addition to school libraries shelves.
Dina Alexander is the founder and CEO of Educate and Empower Kids (educateempowerkids.org), an organization determined to strengthen families by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online porn. She is the creator of Noah’s New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good, Petra’s Power to See: A Media Literacy Adventure, How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography and the 30 Days of Sex Talks and 30 Days to a Stronger Child programs. She received her master’s degree in recreation therapy from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Brigham Young University.
Most recently she has published Chloe has a Question, a Very Important Question and This is the Spirit of Revelation for Latter-day Saint children and their families and Conversations with My Kids, 30 Essential Family Discussions for the Digital Age.
She tries to be a great mom and loves spending time with her husband and three kids. Together, they live in New Mexico.
Categories: children's fiction