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The forgetting machine

by Hautman, Pete, 1952-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade MG HAUTMAN
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People all over Flinkwater are losing their memories--and it's up to Ginger to figure out what's going on--in this sequel to the "quirky, dryly funny" ( Booklist ) The Flinkwater Factor from National Book Award-winning author Pete Hautman.

Absentmindedness in Flinkwater, a town overflowing with eccentric scientists and engineers, is nothing new. Recently, however, the number of confused, forgetful citizens has been increasing, and no one seems to know why. Ginger Crump figures it's none of her business. She has her own problems. Like the strange cat that's been following her around--a cat that seems to be able to read. And the report for school due Monday. And the fact that every digital book in Flinkwater has been vandalized by a fanatical censor, forcing Ginger to the embarrassingly retro alternative of reading books printed on dead trees.

But when Ginger's true love and future husband Billy Bates completely forgets who she is, things suddenly get serious, and Ginger swings into action.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ginger Crump, the quick-quipping heroine of The Flinkwater Factor (2015), is back for another high-tech Holmesian caper in this latest from National Book Award winner Hautman. Her parents are geniuses, as are most citizens of Flinkwater, the Silicon Valley of the future, and when her father comes home more absent-minded than usual one day, Ginger starts to suspect foul play. People all over town are starting to experience memory loss, and, horror of horrors, Ginger's one true love (and, unbeknownst to him, future fiancé) doesn't even recognize her. In another, seemingly unrelated problem, someone has hacked the library, changing the text of e-books, which means Ginger might actually have to hunt down bona fide hard copies. Clearly something sinister is afoot, and Ginger, of course, knows better than to get involved though that certainly hasn't stopped her before. This sequel is just as high energy as its predecessor, and Ginger's high jinks reach a whole new level of wacky. Tech-savvy readers will be especially delighted, but this really is fun for all.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this engrossing sequel to The Flinkwater Factor, Ginger Crump, now 14, has some problems on her hands. An ever-increasing number of people in Flinkwater, Iowa, home to many science and software geniuses, have begun forgetting things, most worrisome being her father, who can't remember their cat, and her "Soul Mate and True Love" Billy, who can't remember Ginger. Her school report on the origin of the name Flinkwater has hit a dead end. And the e-reader version of Charlotte's Web, which Ginger is in the midst of obsessively reading, has been hacked. When Mr. Rausch, a neuroprosthetics expert, uses his experimental memorization technique to help people remember information, Billy and Ginger wonder if it also causes other memories to be pushed out. As Ginger pursues every lead to solve these mysteries, her perspective on her world-one in which robots service every home, libraries with paper books have nearly disappeared, and new inventions are continuously surfacing-begins to change. Ginger's escapades fill Hautman's story with energy and humor while raising thought-provoking questions about technological advances. Ages 9-13. Agent: Jennifer Flannery, Flannery Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Hautman, Pete, 1952- Flinkwater chronicles ; book two.
Subjects Science fiction.
Memory -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 216 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781481464383 (hardback)
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