Summary

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....
Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown's middle-grade debut raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.
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©2016 Peter Brown (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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Critic reviews

"This strong debut middle grade novel...is a first purchase for most middle grade collections." ( School Library Journal)
"Expect readers to go wild for his robot-themed novel." ( Booklist)
"While the end to Roz's benign and wildlife is startling and violent, Brown leaves Roz and her companions - and readers - with hope. Thought-provoking and charming." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Narrator Kate Atwater maintains Roz's robotic voice throughout the book, but as Roz slowly earns membership in the island's animal community and 'learns' their values, her machinelike voice gains warmth and friendliness. Atwater also provides fitting and distinctive character voices for each of the island’s delightfully named inhabitants, who include ChitChat the squirrel, TrunkTap the woodpecker, and BrightBill - Roz’s unlikely son. Even though the book has no humans, the listener will, nevertheless, ponder the nature of humans, the implications of artificial intelligence, and the meaning of being wild." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 22-11-16

Warm Hearted, Positronic Woman

I DON'T EAT ANYTHING, INCLUDING PARENTS
I, a 58 year old truck driver, loved this. I have always liked most things Robot, especially Asimov's, The Positronic Man. 500 robots are in crates on a ship, which goes down in the ocean. One crate makes it to an island, in which no humans live. Seals open up the crate and the robot is born, not knowing what a human is. What results is a great loving story in which the animals accept this robot.

YOU KNOW HOW THEY ARE AT THIS AGE
The robot becomes a parent to a goose. The story teaches about co-operation through storytelling not through speeches. It touches on several life issues without dwelling on them or boring the reader. This is always entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lauren Smith on 02-11-16

Thoroughly delightful

This is a wonderful book and a wonderful performance. My son (8 years old) and I enjoyed it immensely .

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