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Brown, Peter. 
Boston : Little Brown, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.8

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. With no idea as to how she arrived there or her purpose, she only knows she has to survive. She realized that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animals inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals and begins to feel at home, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
(Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

This story begins when Roz, a robot, is washed up on a remote island. Determined to survive, Roz explores her new surroundings using her sense of sight, sound and smell to adapt to her environment. Along the way Roz encounters and ultimately befriends the wild animals inhabiting the island. She learns the ways of the wild from the animals and this serves Roz well as she cares for an orphaned gosling. Roz discovers that adaptation and interdependence are critical to survival. When the island experiences a harsh winter, Roz‘s programmed purpose “to help” is called upon to aid her animal companions. And when Roz leaves her island home she realizes this experience and all she discovered about herself and the world has changed her in profound ways. Roz’s adventure captivates from the start and raises questions about community, survival and the intersection of technology and the natural world. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Action and adventure fiction.
                        Animals -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Islands -- Fiction.
                        Robots -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.

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