E-Wally and the Quest
Judy Shasek & Wendy Anderson Schulz
Net Works, 2001 (2001)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
-Wally is the '
oldest son in a hard-working family of e-people
' in the Land of the Internet. Unfortunately it is ruled by bad King Henry and his henchwoman, the smelly bug-ridden Olla Brac. The king has been steadily increasing the family's workload of information packet delivery '
from servers to routers through repeaters, from repeaters to servers
' and has now doubled Grandpa E-Liam's and threatened him with the null bin. E-Wally decides to take action and sets off on his '
bulky, dented transport board
e ends up hiding behind the letters in an e-mail delivered to the modem of the human boy Justin, who is struggling to complete a worksheet on dinosaurs. Justin notices and befriends E-Liam and hides him out on his hard drive, downloading an image of a tree house to entertain his new friend. Later he gets him a new surfboard and a virtual surfing game for practice. In turn, at the instigation of Justin's sister Ruthie, E-Liam ventures the web in search of dinosaurs to help his new friend with his assignment.
nfortunately the bad guys are after E-Wally, and Olla Brac has sent out mutant spiders to trap him. Justin, his best friend Stephen, and Ruthie decide to trap the spiders instead, luring them onto a web page using HTML meta tags. They disguise E-Wally, arm him with a secret weapon and send him off to save Grandpa. Everyone begins to wonder is E-Wally the hero mentioned in good Queen Cyberlina's prophecy, the one to lead the e-people to freedom? And where is the Outpost, refuge of e-rebels, like E-Wally's father and uncle?
o begins E-Wally's heroic quest. It's a fun concept, a new way to look at the Internet and to learn a little about it while enjoying the adventure. There are related lesson plans and activities on the
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