Author L.C. Mohr
Art by Erica Musheno
Blooming Tree Press
Ages 7 & up
This fun science fiction book will delight kids with a look into the year 2106. It’s a time when children drive to school and books tattle if they don’t get read. Latchkey kids have robots to look after them, and the robots have personalities.
Nick and Lisa are best friends. Nick has a S.A.M robot that is always in need of repair because of age and rough treatment, and Lisa is the girl to do the job. Their school is expecting a special visitor, the president. An important issue is being discussed and the students are taking a stand. There are debates and protests. Should a computer program decide the future occupations of all the students? The students want Nick to speak on their behalf about the issue. When it becomes obvious that an imposter has replaced the president, Nick and Lisa determine to put things right with Sam the robot’s help.
This book is well written. Children will love the government intrigue and mystery. The characters are quirky and interesting. When I started reading the book I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it.
7/2/2009 review - Shari Lyle-Soffe