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Weird Little Robots    by Carolyn Crimi & Corinna Luyken order for
Weird Little Robots
by Carolyn Crimi
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2020 (2019)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Carolyn Crimi's Weird Little Robots is all about seeking peer acceptance, finding and betraying friendship - and doing all this while being a female nerd (something I hope is becoming much more common!) Oh yes, there's a touch of magic too in this delightful story, aimed at ages eight to twelve.

Her family having recently moved, Penny Rose has no friends (aside from her cat) and spends all her time in a garden shed, building weird little robots from the bits and pieces she finds on her walks. She finally approaches Lark, who lives across the street and builds birdhouses from all kinds of odd materials.

They become best friends and work on the robots together, making the shed into a real home for them. As this develops (and the robots come to magical life!) Penny Rose is approached to be considered for membership in a school Secret Science Society. She really wants to be accepted but they need robotic proof - and won't consider Lark.

You might guess where this is heading. Penny Rose make a poor choice and soon comes to regret it. Will she be able to recover her friendship - and her robots? Read Weird Little Robots to find out how she manages, and to learn a little about both robotics and ornithology.

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