"Chat Room" by Barbara Biggs

June 19, 2007 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Fiction, Young Adult | 1 Comment

“Chat Room……A cautionary tale…for every teenager using chatrooms…and their parents.”

This book was written in consultation with a Detective Senior Sergeant from the Victoria, Australia Police.

It is a fictional account of a girl, Sam, aged 13 who has just moved from Sydney to Melbourne.

Sam was a popular, confident girl in Sydney but she finds settling in to a new school and environment very difficult and she becomes isolated and lonely. Sam’s parents work long hours and so she finds companionship on the chat rooms.Sam starts corresponding with “Chatman” who is charming, kind and friendly.

There are asides in the book written by “Chatman” so that the reader is aware of his sinister intentions.

The book builds up to a climax which keeps the reader interested as to the outcome of ensuing events. “Chat Room” should be read by teenagers and parents alike.

It was written to empower young people to be safe when in chat rooms, and for parents to be aware of the dangers.As the back cover says: “Forewarned is forearmed”

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  1. i read the book for a school english assignment. it was incredibly interesting. ive told my mother to read it too. i have had trouble on the internet in chatrooms before and i quickly realised after reading this book that i too could have been fooled. i probably was but i ended up breaking the computer and was unable to login for a long time. that was what woke me up. at first it was confusing because it kept swapping from Sam to Erica but after a while i got the hang of it.

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