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Weird little robots

by Crimi, Carolyn,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don't expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.

Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she's always hoped for and the club she's always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Eleven-year-old Penny Rose loves creating little robots from discarded bits and pieces. She creates Sharpie from dentures, iPam from a cell phone, and Fraction from a calculator. Still, she's lonely. When she overcomes her shyness and befriends Lark, they share a fascination with science and with making things. Soon they also share a remarkable secret: the robots are alive! At school, Penny Rose receives cryptic messages from the Secret Science Society, which she hopes to join, though she's not allowed to discuss it even with Lark. The resulting rift in their friendship leaves Penny Rose lonelier than ever until she finds a way to make things right. The author of many picture books, Crimi offers a heartfelt first novel that combines real-world problems faced by many children with magical elements. Clear, concise, and direct, the writing includes dialogue that shows the characters' personalities while moving the story along. Each chapter includes at least one full-page illustration. Created in ink, pencil, and gouache, they portray human, robot, and animal characters expressively. An endearing chapter book.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This quirkily inventive middle grade debut by Crimi (I Am the Boss of This Chair) introduces Penny Rose, a shy 11-year-old who has made no friends in her new town. She spends most of her time alone in the backyard shed creating miniature robots out of "odd items that pleased her," including a meat thermometer, a cellphone, and a marble. Spying on Lark, an eccentric classmate and neighbor, Penny Rose discovers the girl's collection of handmade birdhouses, decorated with objects that birds drop in her yard, and recognizes a kindred spirit who "couldn't resist making something from nothing, either." At Lark's suggestion, the two repurpose items to build the robots a town in the shed, after which Penny Rose's robotic creations spring to life. Into this magical plot strand Crimi capably weaves a real-life quandary that jeopardizes the girls' friendship: when Penny Rose is invited to try out for the Secret Science Society, she breaks her vow of secrecy with Lark and shares her robots with the members--the popular kids at school--to prove her scientific acumen. In affecting illustrations, Luyken (The Book of Mistakes) successfully captures the heroines' likable sincerity, ingenuity, and mutual affection, as well as the robots' spunky personalities. Ages 8--12. Author's agent: Danielle Smith, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Artificial intelligence -- Juvenile fiction.
Robots -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Robots -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Luyken, Corinna, illustrator.
Language English
Description 234 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780763694937
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