Cyberia by Chris Lynch
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From National Book Award nominee Chris Lynch, an action-and-humor-filled futuristic series about talking pets who are tired of being pets ... and the boy who must help them.

The premise: It’s the future. Zane lives in a completely wired world, with completely wired parents. Technology has progressed so that every pet has a microchip in it that allows the pet to talk. Zane's happy about that. Until one day a strictly contraband wild animal -- a mole -- comes into his life. He smuggles it into his apartment -- and learns that the pets aren’t actually saying what the chip is translating. In fact, they aren’t happy that all animals have been domesticated. So they enlist Zane to help them fight back and ensure their freedom.

About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist INEXCUSABLE. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Published January 1, 2008 by Scholastic. 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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After Gristle injects an experimental computer chip into Hugo, Zane receives a gadget that allows him to communicate not only with his own dog, but with all the animals Gristle has “chipped,” and learns that the veterinarian is an evildoer seeking to control and exploit them.

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Setting this adventure in the future, Lynch (Inexcusable ) plays on themes dear to middle-schoolers: the bond between children and animals, the mistrust of authority, the double edge of technology that offers shortcuts but erodes independence.

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Then Hugo brings Zane to a place deep in the woods --- where nobody goes anymore, where there’s no technology --- called the WildArea, or Cyberia.

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Kidz World

Only Zane can speak to the animals.

Jan 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Cyberia: Book 1

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Zane’s world is completely plugged in–his room knows when he wakes up and emits breakfast smells to get him out of bed, his bathroom knows the temperature at which he likes his baths, and his parents communicate with him almost entirely through video chat.

Jan 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Cyberia: Book 1

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