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3.05  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Danny McBride is not the coolest kid in school, not in his wildest dreams. And if the other kids knew he spent his Saturday nights playing Parcheesi with his mom and working on a city made of Lego, he'd be even less cool. Danny wants more than anything to be popular. He creates a fictional British rocker named James and befriends him publicly online, hoping his make-believ ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Orca Book Publishers
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Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, orca, read-2013
This ho-lo Orca Currents title about teen use and misuse of technology will draw students in but the dialogue left me wanting. Danny is a lonely young man whose social life consists of Parcheesi games with his mom. He makes a fictitious FaceSpace teen but Danny's leap in popularity due to his friending of the fictitious boy does not last. The annoyance of reading about FaceSpace (a combination of Facebook and MySpace?) carried with me through the entire book and the ending was not difficult to g ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Pro: it doesn't end in the obvious 'social media is daaaangerous' after-school special.

Con: The closest thing to a conclusion this book has is 'did you know that jerk's parents are getting divorced and they both hate him' and nothing more.

Bonus: Everybody knows Lego's for babies and they certainly never released a dolphin piece.
Ana Ros
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Face Space Review

I found Face Space a little patchy because nothing interesting happened along the book. There were some parts that I really enjoyed but there were others that I was about to fall asleep. I think that Face Space was written for ten year old kids and not for teenagers. This story takes place in a small town in the United States.

The protagonist of the novel is called Danny McBride and he is in his years of high school. He has never been popular in school. Well, the truth is that h
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
One of the Orca Currents series of books that deal with issues faced by kids nowadays this one was, like a few of the others, kind of lacking.

Not much character development, the dialogue was iffy and there was not much of a resolution at the end. Danny is a somewhat unpopular kid who feels left out of all the fun that his classmates talk about on the social media site FaceSpace. So he creates a fictitious "cool" friend thinking that THAT friendship will be the thing that springboards him into po
Brenda Kahn
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I go into these books aimed at struggling/ reluctant readers with certain expectations. I expect that character development will suffer at the expense of action. But I do expect a certain consistency and believability. For example, first the older brother is home from college on break, then suddenly home from college all the time, as well as being unrealistically involved. The thread of lies the mc was spinning was intriguing and what made me pick up the book to begin with; the resolution? Not s ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok

Great topic. Less than great execution. The fake profile that was made and the supporting characters reaction to it was not realistic. Also, the lesson was learned to easily and with very light consequences. The ending was too abrupt. As a tea hong tool for the reader, watching an episode to MTV's show Catfish would provide a much better understanding of the affects and consequences of fake profiles for the creator and viewers.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
The slang is awkward (and dated), and it's hard to believe that kids wouldn't immediately peg the fake Facebook guy as a fake. But this is worth reading for the low-key and kind reaction of the main character's friends, who are a tolerant bunch, willing to forgive him for having given in to the impulse to lie.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: students
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Originally from Gabriola Island, Adrian Chamberlain has written about arts and entertainment for the Times Colonist since 1987. His Backstage column appears each Saturday. As well, he writes a column for the Sunday books pages. Before coming to Victoria, he was an arts writer for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Chamberlain has won three B.C. Newspaper Awards for arts writing. In his spare time, he plays k
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