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Talk to Me Novel published!

Jan 20, 2015 | By: Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh

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Educators, parents, children and young teens—you asked for it and you got it! The Through My Window project team is thrilled to announce that Sonia Ellis' Talk to Me—a young adult STEM mystery for boys and girls—has been published and is now available in print and e-book formats.  

Talk to Me is the centerpiece of the Through My Window learning environment and is available to all readers at no cost on throughmywindow.org.  After reading it, learners enter the world of the Talk to Me characters through interactive online learning adventures that deeply explore engineering concepts introduced in the novel.  

The good news is that the novel will remain available on the website.  The great news is that it can now be purchased in paperback on Amazon or FastPencil! The e-book is also available on FastPencil.  

Check out the book's great reviews online and leave one of your own!  Learn more about Sonia on her author page and on our "Who are we?" page.

"Seven-year-old Maddie Reyes can talk to Mom, Dad, and 14-year-old Sadina, her sister and protector.  But with the rest of the world—except for Bella, her robotic cat—she's too terrified to speak a word.  Maddie wakes one night to find an intruder in the house, and now she's the only one who can identify him and save Mom from being arrested.  Sadina suspects her best friend, Rio—especially now that Rio has started paying attention to another girl.  With Mom in trouble and Rio acting like a stranger, Sadina's world is collapsing.  And that's when her friends join together to help transform Bella into Chattercat, a talking robot that just might get some answers from Maddie.

Filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations, this captivating mystery, geared toward readers in grades 4 to 8, covers a range of important issues: friendship, teamwork, trust, making hard choices, and continuing to pursue goals, even in the face of overwhelming odds.  With its key plot device involving artificial intelligence, the story contributes to student interest in STEM fields."  

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