Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back

Laura Pedersen (Author) Penny Weber (Illustrator)


*Mom's Choice GOLD Award*
*Moonbeam Bronze Medal*
*Skipping Stones Honor Book*

Ella is really frustrated. Lately it seems like the whole family has forgotten how to be together. Instead of playing Hangman and making waffles, everyone is talking on cell phones, playing video games, and using the computer. What's a girl to do?

Product Details

Tilbury House Publishers
Publish Date
October 10, 2012
9.3 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.92 pounds
Library Binding
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About the Author

Laura Pedersen was the youngest columnist for the New York Times. Prior to that she was the youngest person to have a seat on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and wrote her first book, Play Money, about that experience. President Clinton honored Laura as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans, and she has gone on to write award-winning short stories, nonfiction, and novels. Laura was a shy only child, and as a seventh grader realized that telling funny stories and jokes was a good way to make friends. As an adult, she has performed stand-up comedy and writes material for several well-known comedians. Laura lives in New York City and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem.
Penny Weber is a mother, wife, cat and dog lover, and artist who loves good books, hockey, and action movies. Her books include On My Way to School, Amazingly Wonderful Things, One of Us, Unplugged, Always Mom-Forever Dad, and Ava's Adventure.


A must-have book for go-gogo-thumb-thumbtap families. We LOVE the illustrations, the story, the characters, and the critical message about being mindful to spend time WITH each other. Great book!
Being tethered to our screens 24/7 is of huge societal concern to children, families and teachers. It seems insolvable but it isn't! In an inspired and inspiring example of 'taking on challenges, ' Laura Pedersen's UNPLUGGED shows how a child comes up with a solution that gives her and her family what our studies show they want most--time to be together and have fun. Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs--Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs
This book is fantastic! It makes me feel like I'm not crazy for not letting my son get plugged in yet to television, apps, or cell phones.This is a great book for all families and is a gentle request for families to unplug and remember to spend time with each other.... It's a fantastic book that is entertaining and gently asks you to assess being constantly plugged in and the toll that it can take on your family, We highly, highly recommend this book.
I love the message of this book! It is well-told in the story. I like Ella's cleverness and creativity. She probably has it because she is not plugged in! All families should read this book and learn from the message given in it--spend more time with each other!
Laura Pedersen's Unplugged is a delightful book about the importance of face-to-face family time. Parents today need to model a balanced approach to technology use, but our children, like Ella in this timely story, know how essential it is to have a chance to talk, play games, and eat together.--Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D., co-author of"The Digital Family," PsychologyToday.com, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School