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Trade Paperback
112 pages
Aug 2004
WaterBrook Press

Hyperlinkz Book 4: Spam Alert

by Robert Elmer

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Austin Webster shows his friend Drew Scarola how a used digital camera and his laptop can transport people inside the world wide web just before they get a strange new substitute teacher, Mr. Z. When the boys find out Mr. Z’s working for Mattie Blankenskean, Austin’s old nemesis, they dive into the internet before he can nab the camera and computer. As the boys try to research their English paper on C. S. Lewis while they’re inside the web, a flood of spam emails sends them careening from site to site.

As Austin and Drew visit Oxford, William Tyndale in Belgium, and a 1860s White House, learning a lot about the power of words, Ashley Webster and her 12-year-old Aunt Jessica search for Austin’s laptop. But a tornado frustrates their rescue attempts, and Mr. Z is catching up to the boys online.

Robert Elmer combines zany adventures with relevant spiritual lessons in the Hyperlinkz series. The fast reads will appeal to reluctant readers – boys and girls alike. It’s easy to get lost in the plethora of settings throughout the books as the rollercoaster pace zips to the last page. Many of the characters are sketchy and stereotypical, but the series is an overall fun read for kids ages eight to twelve. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

At first it was fun! Now Austin Webster and his new friend Drew run into more trouble than they bargained for after jumping inside the World Wide Web. They’re hiding from the dodgy Mr. Z, a strange substitute teacher who wants to wipe out truth on the Internet. But as the boys learn about the power of words they’re swept from site to site by a maelstrom of spam.

Back home in Normal, Illinois, Austin’s sister Ashley and her Aunt Jessica do their best to mount a rescue. But they have their own menace to battle–a real tornado! Will the Websters survive both monster storms…and keep from being deleted?

Check out the “HyperLinkz Guide to Safe Surfing” for cool true trivia and Web backgrounders!