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Betty Dravis
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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Just My Best, Inc. (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932586296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932586299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,677,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a retired newspaper publisher and career journalist who also hosted a Cable TV talk show. I'm also a celebrity interviewer, author of six books and have been published in several anthologies. I'm happy to be a top Amazon reviewer and active on many social media sites.

I'm currently working on my first serial-killer thriller, Dead Women Don't Talk Back, and my first horror novel Evil Voices at Circle Lake. For more details, check my website: http://www.bettydravis.com

I'm most proud of my children and grandchildren.

My favorite ever blurb written about me is:

"Betty Dravis is a fantastic mix of Shirley Jackson, Edna Buchanan and Janis Joplin. Don't ask me how I came up with that unlikely comparison--I just feel it, and I haven't been drinking much tonight..." - Mark LaFlamme, author of Box of Lies, The Pink Room and other novels

I also love what the e-book legend JOHN LOCKE said about me (in the Foreword of Star Struck); an excerpt follows:

"This collection is special for another reason. It offers you a glimpse into the mind and character of the author herself. Make no mistake, Betty's a charmer! High-spirited and full of energy, she's a treasure, far as I'm concerned, and her wit, charm, and self-deprecating humor is evident in these unique and personal stories." - John Locke, author of the best-selling Donovan Creed series, legendary first self-published author to sell a million books on Kindle

And Dr. Niamh Clune had this to say:

"What can I say about Betty? In fact, it might be an easier question to ask what can't I say about Betty? I could list superlatives such as fabulous, amazing, inspiring, but I guess I had better tell you why I think those things about this (here I go again) wonderful lady. To tell you that she has the magic to bring grown men to their knees in obeisance is not an exaggeration. In fact, she has us all trying to please her. Betty is the queen of the social network boards, make no mistake about that!" - Dr. Niamh Clune, author of Orange Petals in a Storm, co-founder of Orangeberry Collective.com (with Brian Bianco, author of Dressed for a Kill)

I'm grateful for those kind words, and what can I add to that? Have a great day and happy life to all my friends in the UK. God bless you all. :-)

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Exciting Fantasy Adventure - "From journalism to adult fiction, and now young adult fiction, Betty Dravis knows how to weave intriguing stories. Children all around the world will love this fun, exciting, fantasy adventure. The kid in me longed to chase around Silicon Valley with the 'good' Toonies and their 'humanoid' friends as they raced the clock to save Orange Computer and Silicon Valley from the 'bad' Toonies. If people could move around as easily as the Toonies leap from their world to ours, my transportation job would be much easier." - Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr., Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, SJSU - Lovable Characters - "Betty Dravis's The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley is a fun romp through the adventures of Computer Cartoon Land characters ...both good and bad. The good Toonies are led by an orange-haired, bushy-browed Toonie boy named Doog. Doog sets out to help his human counterpart, Jeremy Kern, with a parental problem, but they end up saving the world instead. Kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations, along with the lovable characters that fill this book."

- Chris Platt, author of the young adult, award-winning Willow King books - Unexpected Suspense - "An enjoyable morality fable that keeps its wisdom between the lines. The young and young at heart will enjoy this battle over Silicon Valley as a young cartoonist tries to save the day. At times, it seems the bad 'Toonies' will win, making for unexpected suspense for this kind of story." - Paul Kyriazi, movie director, author of How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle - The First of its Kind - " The plot is fresh and the characters lifelike. The story will appeal to children of all ages. The setting is Silicon Valley, commonly known to many as the Computer Technology Rim. The storyline is the first of its kind, comparable to classic books such as 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Peter Pan' where children experience an adventure outside the norm and overcome obstacles or enemies." - Janet Sue Terry, contemporary romance author of Possibilities and Resolutions.


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The day the Toonie leaped out of Jeremy Kern's computer and landed smack-dab in the middle of his life, he thought he was going nuts. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOONIES -- What's in YOUR computer? 16 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
My friend across the country from me took this and another book to Guam, and when she got back she sent them to me to take on my trip to Australia. It was our little joke, a "Sisterhood of the Traveling Books." I thought it looked like good airplane reading so I started it in Maine and finished it over the Pacific. What a fun book!

Betty Dravis tells a great little story about a teenaged cartoonist named Jeremy Kern whose characters step out of his computer. Your attention will be grabbed by the delightful inhabitants of Cartoon Land, but the top-notch human characters more than hold their own. Jeremy and his friends Buddy and Ashley practically jump off the pages themselves, their issues, interests and dialogue are so vivid. They're smart, inquisitive kids with nurturing natures and a sense of responsibility -- and what an adventure they have! Wouldn't you like all the kids you know to be just like them?

The Toonies are enormous fun. Their characteristics and background are described in enough detail to engage and entertain the reader, but by no means overwhelm the rocking story line. The good and the bad Toonies have their own culture, history and idiom -- golly-by-golly, they do! I wonder if anyone else will be reminded of THE BORROWERS, the Carnegie Medal-winning classic by Mary Norton? TOONIES has the same delightful feel while being thoroughly modern. (Hint, hint: there were a number of sequels to THE BORROWERS -- we sure would like to see more of the Toonies! Where are they going to turn up next?)

TOONIES deals with some tough issues and models some excellent approaches to them. Jeremy's parents Arthur and Jessica are having problems, but they drop their squabbling to get involved in the Toonies crisis, supporting their son all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 Feb 2007
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In this charming story of good versus evil, author Betty Dravis introduces us to the Toonies. Small beings who live in Cartoon Land, the world inside of our computers, the Toonies, like humans, come in good and bad form. Although some of them look a lot like us, others, such as the Mischief-Makers, resemble ape-like birds. But I bet you're wondering what the heck Toonies have to do with Silicon Valley, aren't you?

Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Kern is a young cartoonist/illustrator with his own very popular cartoon, "Doog Days." Absolutely enamored with his Apple computer, nicknamed "Wiseguy," Jeremy spends a lot of his time creating and updating the characters involved in his "Doog Days" cartoon. The world of the Toonies provides a reprieve for Jeremy, since his parents seem to be constantly arguing ever since his dad lost his job.

But the day Doog, the main character from his cartoon, jumps out of his computer and enters Jeremy's real life is a little bit beyond imagination. Doog is on a mission, though, and he won't quit until he convinces Jeremy that the world he has created is more than just fiction.

It seems that, in Cartoon Land, there's a Mischief-Maker named Dab who will do anything to stay in the real world. He plans to take over all of the computers he can -- hoping, one day, to even take over the world. But Doog, working under the guidance of the leader of Cartoon Land, Uncle Wom, is on a quest to stop Dab and his fellow Mischief-Makers before bad things start to happen in the real world. Along with his fellow Toonies, they need Jeremy's help, and his expertise, to stop Dab.

This is a great science-fiction fantasy story for kids of all ages, or for those who are young at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST ORIGINAL STORY OF 2005! 15 Jan 2006
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This book showcases this new author's imagination. The Toonies, Mischief Makers, Uncle Wom, and the evil Dab that jump from the computer into Silicon Valley are vividly described ... with great flair.
Can you picture birds with twisted beaks and "humped" shoulders? A Toonie teen so thin that a gust of air can blow him over? Characters that balloon up like beachballs when they eat "people" food? An orange-faced old man with a flowing white beard and hair who, from a distance, looks like a "pumpkin floating on a while cloud?"
You'll be able to picture them clearly while reading this book because Dravis is wonderful at description. The characters come alive!
Besides all that, she has managed an exciting, yet educational plot, drawing on many high-tech and familiar family problems encountered by the youth of today.
Betty Dravis let her imagination run free when creating what I think is the most original plot of 2005 ... and perhaps of 2006. That remains to be seen. 2006 will bring us new books from both the beloved, familiar authors as well as from some talented new authors. It will be a satisfying "reading year" if I can find at least one book as original as this one.
Awesome job, lady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST ORIGINAL STORY OF 2005! 15 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
This book showcases this new author's imagination. The Toonies, Mischief Makers, Uncle Wom, and the evil Dab that jump from the computer into Silicon Valley are vividly described ... with great flair.
Can you picture birds with twisted beaks and "humped" shoulders? A Toonie teen so thin that a gust of air can blow him over? Characters that balloon up like beachballs when they eat "people" food? An orange-faced old man with a flowing white beard and hair who, from a distance, looks like a "pumpkin floating on a while cloud?"
You'll be able to picture them clearly while reading this book because Dravis is wonderful at description. The characters come alive!
Besides all that, she has managed an exciting, yet educational plot, drawing on many high-tech and familiar family problems encountered by the youth of today.
Betty Dravis let her imagination run free when creating what I think is the most original plot of 2005 ... and perhaps of 2006. That remains to be seen. 2006 will bring us new books from both the beloved, familiar authors as well as from some talented new authors. It will be a satisfying "reading year" if I can find at least one book as original as this one.
Awesome job, lady.
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