When Max Carter went online, everything changed
The Cyberpixies live in computers and are a metaphor for how computers work. At least, that's what they told 13 year-old Max Carter when they found him. All he wanted for his birthday was a phone or a laptop, he got a lot more than he wished for...
Life had always been fairly normal for Max Carter. Well, fairly normal for an orphan who had been raised by hippy grandparents.
All he wants for his 13th birthday is a phone or maybe a laptop, like all his friends, but the Olds aren’t really the type to buy either for him. Imagine his surprise then when his other Grandparents show up, and bring him a lot more than he expected.
Not only does he have a phone, and a laptop, but he gets a present from his parents that is going to change his life, forever.
This is the first book in a new series that mixes humour and fantasy with computer science, written for younger readers.
The Max Carter books are my first attempts at writing children’s fiction. They are intended for readers around Max’s own age, secondary school pupils, although there’s little in the content that would be unsuitable for younger readers.
My initial thoughts with the Max Carter books was to try and teach children metaphors for how computers work. The chief metaphor being the Cyberpixies themselves. They represent the apps, programs, hidden tasks, processes, functions and services that are going on deep inside your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and consoles. Through the metaphors that the Cyberpixies use to explain their existence to Max, I hope the reader can gain some insight into how computers actually work.
That said, while the metaphors are important to Max and his story, more important to the reader (and to me) is the story itself. The book explains these metaphors in a narrative context that makes sense and is exciting to read, and raises questions about technology, the internet and how our children interact with it.