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on September 28, 2007
Christina Kilbourne has written a very important book that will help parents of tweens and young adolescents face the reality of internet predators. As the mother of 6-year-old twin daughters, I am looking forward to sharing this read with my girls when they are nine, and in the meantime I have learned valuable tips to protect them. Yes, it's a dangerous world out there, and you can never be too careful. I'd better have my girls learn how hard real life is with my guidance, help and reassurance, and good literature like this book, than learn anything the hard way. Great read, it should be a mandatory book in all schools for children nine to fifteen. GET ONE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILD NOW!!!!
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on January 14, 2010
Kids are overwhelmed lately with books about vampires, werewolves, and the like. This book, however, will connect with kids on a completely different level. The book begins with Max telling us through her diary about how she feels as of late, and continues on to tell the story of Leah, her best friend who has been abducted by an online predator. The diary format makes this a very personal account of one girl's journey of losing a friend and learning about real-world dangers.

Written in teen-friendly language, this book is appropriate for probably grades 6 and up. The lack of vulgar language and overtly sexual images makes this a great book to share with students or your own kids to open up communication about the Internet and how to stay safe. I read this book in about an hour, so it's not an overly dense book, but this makes it even more appealing for reluctant readers or kid who shy away from the "fat" books. I highly recommend this book to teachers and parents who want something to share with kids that is more real life than some of the other teen fiction out there (not that there's anything wrong with that!).
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on November 8, 2007
Two friends are swept into a world that they never knew could hurt them in many ways and make them regret their actions.

Maxine has always been the good girl with the overprotective parents and the annoying siblings. She doesn't know why her parents are so restrictive on things such as the Internet. Then there is Leah, the only child who is beautiful and who usually gets whatever she wants. So when she gets the Internet she decides to share it with Maxine.

The Internet seems pretty safe to them, like the parts where they are able to talk in forums and log onto the hangouts where everyone at school goes to. But when they meet a guy who sweeps them off their feet, they decide that in order for them to keep talking to him they must lie about their age and anything else that would jeopardize the relationship.

Each girl begins to talk to different guys, writing to them every day; Maxine by relaying the messages to Leah through the phone and at school, and Leah, who does it secretly. The relationships begin to deepen as the guys begin to charm the girls. For Maxine, her mistakes are caught in time -- but for Leah, it was too late.

DEAR JO begins six months after Leah goes missing and Maxine, who is not only vulnerable but didn't even know that her best friend's "relationship" with her guy was getting so serious, is trying not to lose hope that one day her friend will return.

Written in diary/journal entries, DEAR JO is compelling and intriguing and focuses on an issue that most of us do not think of as serious. Christina Kilbourne writes a novel that will leave anyone who discovers it speechless.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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