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Haarsma, P. J.
New York : Candlewick, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 5.2
ISBN 0763627097
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A group of children are shot into space towards the ringed planet, Orbis1.  But during their 253-year trip, the life support systems failed and killed just the adults.  Now orphans, the children are sold into slavery as soon as they arrive on Orbis 1.  Johnny Turnbull is one of these orphans who discovers that he has the ability to enter any computer just by using his thoughts.  He is known as the “softwire” and he is both feared and misunderstood.  He discovers a computer virus and must destroy it before the warring factions on the planet go to war and destroy the planet that is now his home.  This is classic sci-fi and a real page-turner with a lot of action, suspense and 2-headed aliens.  Or are the children the aliens?   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2008-2009)
SUBJECTS: Computers -- Fiction.
                    Orphans -- Fiction.
                    Science fiction.

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