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Orvis

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  149 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
When Toby stumbles upon Orvis - an obsolete robot - he is about to shut himself down. . . forever. Toby knows how Orvis feels: no one wants her either. A spacer all her life, her too-busy-for-Toby parents have packed her away to school on Earth. But when her domineering grandmother decides to send her to school on Mars, Toby rebels. With Orvis and her only other friend Tha ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Starscape (first published August 1st 1987)
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X
Jul 17, 2009 X rated it liked it
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Quite a quick read, yet it really made me care about the characters, and their problems. It's sci-fi, as it's set in the future, but the characters could be kids of today just as easily, except that their main goal is finding a home for a sentient robot. Good book. 3 1/2 stars. Maybe 4.
D.M. Dutcher
It's hard to see how this won so many awards. It's a science fiction tale about a girl named Toby who one day encounters a robot named ORVIS walking himself to the dump. Toby doesn't fit in to the school, and ORVIS doesn't fit in anywhere, so they both plot to escape to her great-grandmother's place. Unfortunately they crash enroute. Can they survive the Empty?

The plot is pretty basic, with the whole "survive the Empty" taking up much less space and having much less drama than you'd think. The s
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Berenise
Dec 10, 2012 Berenise rated it really liked it
Sometimes all we need is a good friend to let us see the best in us. In this science fiction chapter book twelve year old Toby meets Orvis and is able to connect with him despite their great differences. Toby is an only child born to two self-centered actors who plan to transfer her into a boarding school in Mars. This is something that Toby is actively against with since she would have to give up her space life. Because Toby feels unwanted and ignored by her parents she sets off to find her gre ...more
Melissa Urban
Jul 21, 2012 Melissa Urban rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Themes: pre-teen, friendship, robots, rebelling

When Toby stumbles upon Orvis-an obsolete robot-he is about to shut himself down forever. Toby knows how Orvis feels: no one wants her either. A spacer all her life, her too-busy-for Toby parents have packed her away to school on Earth. But when her domineering grandmother decides to send her to school on Mars, Toby rebels. With Orvis and her only other friend Thaddeous, the trio set off in search of sanctuary with her great-grandmother. But to get
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Kim
Dec 29, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
I couldn't have loved this book more. Predictable only at the last 3 pages, but how wonderful those 3 pages were (I had to dry my copy of the book out afterwards, as those pages were tear-soaked).

So many wonderful questions raised about family ties, the power of youth(ful appearance), environmental responsibility, emotions vs intellect - and all done so wrapped in a fantastic story with characters and situations that younger readers can thoroughly enjoy.
Alex
Dec 18, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
When you first pick up this book, you think it's going to be a little stupid and childish, but once you get through the first chapter or so, you realize it is a great epic novel. I'm on page 51 and so far I'm loving it! It is based in the future about a girl who finds this junkyard robot and tries saving it. This book is thrilling and descriptive, but at first, the cover looks horrible compared to the actual book because it looks silly and stupid. I'm looking forward to reading more!
Ivan
Jun 15, 2014 Ivan rated it liked it
Funny thing was that, back when I got this book during highschool the very reason It caught my attention was the cover art. It was a different story when I read it though, younger me found it a bit boring or to wordy. Now, after a decade, decided to re-read and finally finish the book. To my surprise, I was kind of enjoying it. Not a groundbreaking children's book but it was actually fun and it had it's moments too. A giod quick read.
Pam
Jun 25, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction book for children. A robot who is about to be shut down forever meets a young girl. She adopts him, and they have adventures together. In the process, Toby meets her grandmother and her extended family. Toby and her friend Thaddeus learn about themselves and their families.
Dido
Nov 26, 2013 Dido rated it really liked it
Overall a very strong read, albeit short. A more conclusive ending would've served the book well. The portrayal of the robot Orvis was sharp and engaging.
Elizabeth Lund
Not a survival story; interesting; felt it could have been developed more and made into a 300-page story instead of 180. Robot was a great character.
Agnes Manalo
Apr 08, 2013 Agnes Manalo rated it really liked it
The only book about robots I've ever liked. Also the only book about a futuristic world I've ever liked.
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P.M.
Aug 29, 2011 P.M. rated it it was amazing
Loved that robot ORVIS. He's more human than the humans.
Anne
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Nov 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
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The first pages hit a few wrong notes but the story soon picked up.
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