Are Your Children Internet Safe?

revenge_cover_300x375 Kelly smTeaching Through Story: What would happen if a slithering cyberwoozle oozed its way through the back door of your computer and in one big SLURP, you were sucked into the Internet?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to surf-suckers Henry and Fanny Farkenworth. Now with no way to get home, they’re in danger of being moofed and lost in cyberspace forever. Complete with purple murples, spamdunkers and pop-up hucksters, the net-lingo is fresh, cyber-cheeky and ripe for a now generation of kids, living in a universal world of computers.

What the experts are saying:
“Pat Skene’s delightful new story will not only help your child think more critically about their choices, but keep them engaged and entertained along the way. I highly encourage every parent to rush out and add Revenge of the Mad Hacker to their child’s reading list.  – Samantha Wilson, President, KIDPROOF CANADA

Check out the Exclusive Interview with the Mad Hacker at the end of the story…and the Safe-Surfing TIPS for Parents and Kids.

For ordering information, go to www.pressheretostartpublishing.com Ages 8-12

See you between the lines and on Twitter @PatSkene

The Sewer in the Sewer – Fun with Heteronyms

images-3Double trouble: I’m sorry to subject you to the subject of the english language when you’re probably having a nice soft day. But sometimes I think the word-inventors were verbally insane or just plain lazy. Why else would we have so many words with the same spelling but different pronunciations and meanings? Was the project team simply lacking in brain cells and imagination? Or did they become bored halfway through the job? Perhaps it was an early attempt at recycling to save endangered letters?

These words are called heteronyms.  To better explain what I’m on about, there is no time like the present to present you with my story. Happy reading!


spool threadThe Sewer in the Sewer

Once upon a time, there was a Polish seamstress who liked to stay home and polish her husband’s boots. Okay, so she wasn’t very liberated, but she was working on it. She was a lovely little woman who would shed a tear every time she saw a tear in her man’s work clothes, hanging in the shed. Wasting no time, she would always repair to her sewing room to repair the damage. The little sewer also liked to grow vegetables and could produce lots of produce for her family. But she drew the line at taking out the refuse and would refuse to carry out the garbage. And try as she might, she could never teach the sow to sow. But that’s a story for another time.

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