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A Boy and His Bot by Daniel H. Wilson
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Dec 21, 14

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Read from March 02 to 10, 2011

SLJ review:

Gr 4–7—Daniel H. Wilson's fast-paced tale (Bloomsbury, 2011) is about traditional values, friendship, and hope. Young Code Lightfall, a bullied loner whose grandfather went missing a year ago, is an unlikely hero. He discovers his inner mettle during a field trip when he follows a small robotic insect, Peep, through a hole in the ground and into the land of Mekhos, a robot world. Once there, parallels to the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are clearly drawn as Code meets Gary, an atomic slaughterbot, and races against time to find the legendary Robonomicon to save Mekhos and his new friends before The Great Disassembly. Wilson, whose adult titles include How to Survive a Robot Uprising (Bloomsbury, 2005), revs up the action with deadly consequences and fantastic robots, including an infinipede and delightfully stuffy ladybots. David Ackroyd's narration conveys Code's wonder at the world of Mekhos as well as his desperation to succeed in his mission. His mechanical voices, especially those of Gary and XO, are wonderful. For reluctant readers, sci-fi fans, and those who enjoy their action with a dash of whimsy.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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