Richards, C.J. The Junkyard Bot (Robots Rule #1) 195 pgs. Houghton Mifflin, 2014. $13.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
George is great with robots, he has even built his own, named Jackbot. Jackbot is really his friend, maybe his only friend. When Jackbot gets hit by a car, George meets Anne. Turns out Anne is the daughter of a man who part owns a giant tech company, the one that makes all the robots that people use in their day to day lives. When they go to the workshop at her house George is able to fix up Jackbot and with better parts, he almost seems to be thinking for himself. When Jackbot goes missing, George is determined to find him. But dark forces are at work and George finds himself facing off against the person he would least expect.
This book is a fantastic read, I felt like I was there or watching a move. Not only that but it has an appealing cover and great illustrations. This has been one of my favorite reads this year! The characters were well crafted, the world fully realized, and the plot was fast paced yet full of important tiny details. I think upper elementary students will love this book!
EL – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.