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Maya and the Robot Cover Image
By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984814630
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Published: Kokila - July 13th, 2021

For the first time since kindergarten, budding Black scientist Maya Robinson doesn’t have best friends in her class. Feeling shy, she struggles to make new friendships. Things begin to look up when Maya finds a broken-down robot named Ralph and fixes him up. Maya and the Robot (Kokila, $16.99) become new best buddies, but when Maya brings Ralph to school during the science fair, mayhem ensues! Will anything go right for Maya? Eve Ewing skillfully weaves together a story of friendship, community, joy of science and some cool robotics. The diverse cast of characters are energetically illustrated by Christine Almeda. Ages 8-12 Margaret Orto

Blast from the Past
The Wild Robot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

In this exciting New York Times bestseller, Robot Roz awakens on a small island with no idea how she got there or what to do next. After a violent storm and terrifying bear attack, she realizes she must acclimate to her new wild surroundings and the island’s unwelcoming local wildlife. The Wild Robot (Little Brown, $8.99) slowly adjusts to her new way of life, even making unlikely friends, when her shadowy past comes back to haunt her. Peter Brown weaves together a story full of adventure, family, and humor topped with remarkable illustrations. Ages 8-12. Jane Eskildsen

The Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250293855
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 28th, 2019

In Jess Rothenberg’s The Kingdom (Square Fish, $10.99) picture-perfect android princesses grapple for agency in an ultra- controlled world. Ana and her Fantasist “sisters” are human/animatronic hybrids living in a Disney-like theme park. Programmed to say approved phrases and think approved thoughts, their days are all the same. One day Ana meets Owen, a mysterious new park employee who gives her feelings beyond her programming…could it be love? As Ana begins to question her reality she discovers a dark side to her fairy tale life – hybrids being abused by rich and powerful people. Ana and Owen plan her escape, and their daring attempt propels Ana into the center of the murder trial of the century. Dramatic courtroom scenes are interspersed with Ana’s memories from the park. The Kingdom is quintessential sci-fi that will leave you pondering the pitfalls of scientific advancement. Ages 13-18. Brandi Rose