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Remote Man is an exciting thriller about five kids on three continents, connected via the Net, trying to catch an international crook. It's about computers, friends, families, bears, reptiles, travel and a whole lot more. It'll make you laugh and maybe even cry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781864489576
ISBN-10: 186448957X
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-May-2000
Country of Publication: Australia

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » This is a charming first novel by a one-time illustrator, and indeed the line drawings and other visual effects in the book contribute to the overall innocence and sense of fun. However, it is not without its serious notes. At its core, Remote Man deals with the relationship between a teenage boy and his overworked and highly stressed mother. Following his mother's nervous breakdown, Ned, who dubs himself 'Remote Man', partly in reference to his emotions, is sent to his country relations. There he finds a sympathetic friend in his tomboy cousin, and between them they discover an international smuggling racket of wild and endangered species and several other teenagers from around the world, communicating via the Internet in a secret chat room, join the pair in tracking down the smugglers. There is something of The Famous Five in cyberspace to this book, but there is enough streetwise dialogue and contemporary ethics to make it an entertaining tale of lonely adolescents coming together through idealism and resourcefulness. The workings of the internet are informed and amusing, but the most touching elements of the book are Ned's perceptive and loving observations on the state of his mother's mind and her slow recovery. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » One of the no-less-than-50 chapter heads could do for all here: "E-Mail and the Detectives" describes this intercontinental romp, featuring five young correspondents on the trail of a drug and wild animal smuggler, to a tee. The disappearance of a rare Oenpelli python from its accustomed rocks sends Australian cousins Ned, known online as "Remote Man," and Kate ("Kuza") searching for a fly-by-night visitor, ugly American ex-stuntman Frank Laana. The hunt heats up when Ned travels with his mother halfway around the world to Massachusetts, where he hooks up physically with Rocky ("Rocky"), and makes chat room connections with Cleverton ("Ja") in Jamaica and Yvette ("Salamandre") in France. Rapidly exchanging information and ideas while, for "Kusa" at least, throwing spelling to the winds-"DEFINATELY! We are going to catch this SKnuk!"-the five concoct an elaborate sting that culminates in a melodramatic car chase and a fiery end for the brutal nogoodnik. Fans of Van Draanen's nonstop Sammy Keyes adventures will dive into this page-turner with gusto, and though Honey (Fiddleback, 2001, etc.) creates cardboard villains and injects way too many coincidences to make the tale particularly plausible, her live-wire young sleuths more than compensate with their energy and individual voices. (Fiction. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey is the hugely popular, award-winning author of poetry, picture books and junior novels. Her playful humour, originality and energy strike a chord with kids everywhere. Her books are published in the USA, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Bulgaria, Korea, Taiwan and China.

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