Michael Wescott Loder, born in Pennsylvania, has hiked, climbed and caved his way across the United States, been an Air Force officer, photographer, park naturalist--and an academic librarian for more than 30 years. "Wes" has worked in eight different states, but is now retired and lives next to the family farm in a passive-solar, off-grid house he designed himself. There he gardens, writes, plays the Highland Bagpipe and watches his grandchildren grow.
Wes wrote his first childrens' story when he was seventeen, and over the last quarter century has completed 19 other stories. He published his first YA novel, "The Golden Horn," in 2007 and "The Nikon Camera in America, 1946-1953" in 2008. "Beetle: A Biography of a Virtual Girl" is his first venture into ebooks.
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Ben, a nine-year-old Navajo boy wonders how his father supports his family. One afternoon he follows him to find out.
A middle-grade/ YA short story.
Beetle II: Restoration & Retribution
Virtual girl “Beetle,” is back, alive in University Salvage’s store. She still needs to care for her creator, Jeff, and his girlfriend, Annie. Only they’re supposedly dead, killed by a former boyfriend. So what is she to do? Lanie gets Shadow, her virtual sister going again and moves in with a family. But she still needs to find the answers to the mystery as to what happened twelve years ago.
Beetle: A Biography of a Virtual Girl
Lanie, a smartass virtual who looks like an eleven-year-old girl, has two problems: getting Jeff, her creator, through his senior year and finding him a flesh girlfriend he can keep. Simple? But interfering administrators, clueless politicians, an obsessed former boyfriend and Jeff’s own poor social skills insure that nothing is either simple or easy. A bitter-sweet story of growth and love.
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