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Part of a series of BBC TV and radio plays selected and prepared for Key Stage 3. Each book includes a range of support material with activities and ideas.

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Part of a series of BBC TV and radio plays selected and prepared for Key Stage 3. Each book includes a range of support material with activities and ideas.

30 review for The Computer Nut

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A bizarre alien/computer book from the 80s. Weird.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Review from when I was a children's librarian. Kate, a lover of computers, received a strange message from a secret admirer. Convinced it is an alien but hoping for her crush Willie Lomax, she enlists the help of her best friend. She concocts a scheme which backfires and she almost makes an enemy of Willie. This is not Byar's best but it will probably keep kids reading. On the positive side, the computer nut/main character is a female.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    This is one of the most sweetly and uniquely endearing books that I have read in quite some time. I don't know how Betsy Byars conjured this wonderfully imaginative story into existence, but I am so very glad that she did, as I enjoyed it very much all the way through. Surprisingly humorous and also surprisingly touching, I feel that The Computer Nut succeeds in exceptional measure, adding a charming dimension to the list of books that have been authored by the one and only Betsy Byars. The Com This is one of the most sweetly and uniquely endearing books that I have read in quite some time. I don't know how Betsy Byars conjured this wonderfully imaginative story into existence, but I am so very glad that she did, as I enjoyed it very much all the way through. Surprisingly humorous and also surprisingly touching, I feel that The Computer Nut succeeds in exceptional measure, adding a charming dimension to the list of books that have been authored by the one and only Betsy Byars. The Computer Nut isn't one of Betsy Byars' most well known novels, but it shines with a light that is rare in the world of kid lit. I loved BB-9 and Willie and Kate (but especially BB-9), and to me this book will always be something very special.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz Gibbs

    I was disappointed in the lack of plot. The idea of meeting an alien on a computer was great but the dialog between the kids and the "alien" left a lot to be desired. This was published in 1984, before meeting people online became normal. Of course, even today it would be odd to hear someone claim to be an alien! This book had so much potential and I feel sad that it wasn't better. Note: Two girls in the book were talking about Klinger from MASH. I thought it was cool that it was written during a I was disappointed in the lack of plot. The idea of meeting an alien on a computer was great but the dialog between the kids and the "alien" left a lot to be desired. This was published in 1984, before meeting people online became normal. Of course, even today it would be odd to hear someone claim to be an alien! This book had so much potential and I feel sad that it wasn't better. Note: Two girls in the book were talking about Klinger from MASH. I thought it was cool that it was written during a time period when kids would know who Klinger was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    Well, this was an okay book. Really an easy read, I read it in about an hour. It's probably a fifth-grade level :P ... or lower, ha ha. This seems more fitting for an episode than a book, you know what I mean? I didn't really think it was fitting enough for a book, maybe something more like, a Wizards of Waverly Place episode or something, ha ha.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Scarlato

    Corny, but entertaining. This book was a classic. A girl, finishing up homework on a business computer gets contacted by an extraterrestrial life form who suggests that he is visiting earth soon. They keep in communication throughout the whole book. Whether the alien is real or just a prank is really up to the reader to decide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Betsy Byars was one of my favorite authors as a child. I remember reading and loving every one of her books I could find. This one turned up recently when I was cleaning, and was not one I remembered, but was lots of fun to read, even as an adult.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/14138349

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vishu

    This is a very interesting book by Betsy Byars. It is about a girl who talks with an alien.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Theo

    This was an ok book. I kinda liked it but not a lot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peas

    it was a great book!and very interesting!i just picked it up and didnt even read the backi didnt no wat would happen!it was really good its my favorite

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pulkit

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. cool

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    i totally love this book its awsewome i cant believe i finished it

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yuna Cheng

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aadila

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nioniel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nisha Bhatia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura Donoway

  22. 5 out of 5

    Larie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vesey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Itzel Olivares

  25. 5 out of 5

    TallyReadsTooMuch

  26. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Caitlin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  29. 5 out of 5

    NebraskaIcebergs

  30. 5 out of 5

    Srisurya

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