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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  18 reviews
“[An] unrelentingly funny sc-fi story.” —BCCB (starred review)

Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet and “noteworthy” (Booklist) story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android.

Danny’s a kid. Eric’s a kid, too. He’s also a robot, but he doesn’t know that.

For Danny, it becomes hard to ignore Eric’s super strange tendencies. He has weekly “
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review on Read the first page to Slick on my website.

I watched all of the Stranger Things TV series and in a strange way this brilliant science fiction/ friendship novel reminded me of just that.

Stranger Things meet robots in this amazing story about a friendship between two boys, but one is a human young boy and the other is an android.

Danny Lazio is human young boy and Slick/ Eric is an android.

Danny first met Slick on the 20th October at the fund raising for
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was an interesting story between Danny and Eric (nicknamed “Slick”). The two don’t start out as friends and Danny doesn’t even know that Eric is an Android in the beginning.. But eventually they start to spend more time together. This is a heartwarming story about friendship and what it means to be human. I’m not sure If I would enjoy having an android for a friend or not,,, hmmm. But, I do think middle graders would enjoy this story even though it’s a bit longer than I would have ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book to start the year off on.Friendroid has a great hook to start: Two friends, one is a robot, but he doesn't know it. And we find out right off the bat that Eric has been killed - Danny is sharing his journal with us in hopes of exposing his story. The reader gets to enjoy Eric (nicknamed Slick) and his robotic naivete, along with his journey towards sentience. It's like light-hearted Westworld for the tween set. What if robots lived among us, and what if one was your best ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Danny has had trouble making friends at school, and prefers to hang out at home playing video games. His mother, a nurse, is supportive and worried, and while his father isn't in the picture, he does have an older cousin Vito who is there if he needs him. When he talks to the new boy, Eric, the two have some common ground, and slowly start spending more time together. Eric is a bit socially awkward, but has an uncle who sends him trendy clothes and gadgets, so
Michele(mluker) Luker
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Absolutely LOVED this story!! So I feel that if I loved it so much, Middle grade kids are going to devour it and learn a lot about friendships.

Danny is a loner who doesn't have any friends. He spends his time playing an online game which he is really good at. You learn more about Danny through the story, which twists your heart because you know so many other kids go through the same thing.
Erik is the new kid, trying to make friends the the cool kids. He realizes the only way to fit in is to be
Ms. Cat's World
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
M. M. Vaughan is now easily one of my twins’ and mine must-read authors!

Eric is “the new kid” in-town and wants to remain popular during his middle school years. Danny is “the loner” who everyone says not to be friends with if you want to stay “cool”. This beginning right here, you start immediately feeling for Danny, which makes this a perfect middle-grade book for my twin teen 7th-graders. They empathize and are quick to friend kids like Danny, as Eric does in this story, Friendroid.

Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Eric Young is a popular well-liked kid. Eric just moved to Ashland and he needs to make friends with the right kind of people. The kind of people who are interested in skateboarding and new Slick sneakers his Uncle Martin sends to him. However, Eric has a deep dark secret; he doesn't know that he is an android.

Danny Lazio is the opposite of Eric Young. He doesn't have any friends and his classmates don't accept him. Danny has Land X though, an online role-playing game that he excels in. When
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Eric Young is a twelve-year-old boy who just wants to fit in and be friends with the popular kids. To Eric fitting in means having the right name brand clothes luckily Eric has an uncle who lives in New York who sends him all the most popular name brand clothes, shoes and gadgets. Having all these name brand gadgets gets Eric in with the most popular boys in school. Sometimes these boys are not so nice to Eric but he doesn’t always know when the boys are being rude to him as he is an android.

Stephanie Norton
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friendriod is an amazing story for our generation of kids. The story touches on bullies, loneliness, image, and just wanting to be loved. Danny who is a loner spends his time with video games. Erik, a new kid, tries to get into the cool kids' group. He does anything and everything to be like them. One of the things he had to do was stay away and not talk to Danny even though they have a lot in common. Later in the story, Erik realizes being cool isn't always the thing to do especially when you ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this middle-grade book, told in two voices. Danny is a middle school boy living in poverty, with no friends at school, instead mastering the game Land X, and being supported by a loving (and hence annoying) mother. Slick, his nickname for the new boy at school (Eric to his parents, when they take the rare moment to actually acknowledge him), loves playing the same game, and they exchange tips. Popularity is Eric’s easily won goal, but making friends with Danny will ruin more than that, ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review: Although I think this one could have been a lot shorter it was a fun title with some sad parts about a boy with a friend who's a robot. I think this one will work for some middle graders but others will find it lacking in fun for some parts. I did enjoy it though. And so did my son. If you are looking for a new story for your boys to read with robots and the real issue of being sold things. Check this one out.
Krissy Neddo
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
For fans of friendship stories like Fuzzy and Save Me a Seat who like a bit of sci-fiction. Diary format is appealing to my students and helps keep a longer book moving along. A bit slow in beginning with typical bully/friendship dynamic, but then it picks up once Slick becomes friends with Danny. Exciting ending!
Erik Lindquist
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To all the robots out there...

Wherever you are on the spectrum; this book will reassure that you are also human. Special thanks to the author for this genuine study of friendship.
Margaret McCulloch-Keeble
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
What a fascinating little book! Thoroughly enjoyable and gripping, with a mature ending which wasn't at all the saccharine-happy-ever-after it could have been, which was great in my opinion.
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Felicity Terry
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whilst I do keep some of them alas 'too many books not enough space' mean that I do find myself donating some books amongst which, begging to be read by younger readers than myself, are quite a lot of 'middle-grade' reads of which Slick is one. However too good a read not to keep this is definitely one for our shelves which is doubly surprising when you consider sci-fi isn't necessarily my 'cup of tea' ... but then this isn't necessarily what I'd define as sci-fi.

I'm always delighted to come
Anita McDivitt Barrios
It's the next step in advertising, really -- sending androids to mingle among our children as walking, talking, breathing adverts for shoes, tops, pants, skateboards, snacks, sports teams -- you name it.

Eric can't help being shallow and brand-conscious; he's an android, the first of his kind, sent to advertise brands for all kinds of products, from the clothes he wears to his backpack and the food he packs in his lunchbox. At first he doesn't know what he is, but he's AI, artificial
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vaughan's book about friendship and the lengths people will go for friends is told through individual entries of Slick and Danny. The journal entry format can be off putting for some readers, but it worked in this case. As a whole, the story reminded me of D.A.R.Y.L. (80s movie) with a little Darren Shan mixed in. The epilogue was very touching and really drove the question "what makes us us" home when Slick is rebooted. This book will speak to gamers, thinkers, and fans of AI.
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The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on.

On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She has spent the last eight years working in
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