The Computer Nut

by Betsy Byars

Puffin | August 6, 1986 | Trade Paperback |

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When Kate sits down at the computer, nothing seems out of the ordinary. But suddenly a mysterious message flashes up on the screen. Someone who calls himself BB-9 is trying to get through to her. It doesn''t take long for Kate to figure out who BB-9 is - and she''s sure that everyone else will be as excited as she is. But what do you do when you''re about to make headlines...and no one believes you?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: August 6, 1986

Publisher: Puffin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140320865

ISBN - 13: 9780140320862

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The Computer Nut

The Computer Nut

by Betsy Byars

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: August 6, 1986

Publisher: Puffin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140320865

ISBN - 13: 9780140320862

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When Kate sits down at the computer, nothing seems out of the ordinary. But suddenly a mysterious message flashes up on the screen. Someone who calls himself BB-9 is trying to get through to her. It doesn''t take long for Kate to figure out who BB-9 is - and she''s sure that everyone else will be as excited as she is. But what do you do when you''re about to make headlines...and no one believes you?

About the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, ''Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,''" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn''t want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love . I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn''t grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon. First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn''t emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post , Look ,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter. "Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I''m
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Ten-year-old Kate begins a communication exchange on a computer with someone purporting to be from outer space, who says he is going to pay a visit to Earth soon

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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