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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Religious / Christian / Fantasy
  • Language:English
  • Pages:90
  • eBook ISBN:9781483558004

The Download

by Ann Strawn

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Overview

Em and her friends are all ready to start high school. One of only two African Americans in her class, shy Em just wants to find her niche without making waves. Before freshman year is over she finds herself at the source of a technological tsunami.

The unwitting recipient of a mysterious app, Em starts getting text messages from guardian angels. She wants to fit in and tries to keep her gift secret. But the texts keep gettting more serious. When “mom” and “cancer” come up in the same text Em must decide if she can, or even wants, to control such powerful technology.

Description

Emani is a shy, quiet girl who’d like to keep it that way. She’s ready to start high school and as one of only two African American freshmen Em’s way to fit in means not making waves. Too bad her phone has other plans.

The trouble starts with a new icon that appears on Em’s phone. When activated, strange messages dance across the screen. Each one is a cry for help asking her to step way out of her comfort zone. With the help of her best friend Dee and local bohemian Bethan, Em discovers that she has an app that allows her to get texts from guardian angels.

Unsure of her newfound gift, Em tries to adjust. With each text the situation gets more serious. When one warns of her mother’s cancer diagnosis Em decides she’s had enough. She gives her phone to techie friend Kai. Though he promises to “fix” the phone Kai secretly wants the app for his dad’s software company.

Em learns that the texts from the app are not about life and death, but choice and free will. Em has second thoughts about giving her phone away. She confronts Kai. They argue and the phone ends up smashed on the floor.

Em gets a new phone. When she uses it the first time she notices the Angel App icon is missing. RJ gives Em the SIM card from her old phone. She installs it and the Angel App appears.

Kai, determined to get the app for his dad’s company, starts to write code for the Angel App version 2.

About the author

Ann Strawn lives in Renton Washington with her husband, two daughters and ruling Boston terrier. Teens are her favorite kind of people, which works well when you teach middle school. She considers her job total immersion training for writing about kids, technology and social media.

Cell phones and texting are absolute essentials in a kid's world. Kind of like body parts but much more important. Ann wrote The Download to open a window into this reality and add a twist. If an angel wanted a word, why not through that tiny glowing screen?

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