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“[An] unrelentingly funny sc-fi story.” —BCCB (starred review)

Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet and “noteworthy” (Booklist) story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android.

Danny’s a kid. Eric’s a kid, too. He’s also a robot, but he doesn’t know that.

For Danny, it becomes hard to ignore Eric’s super strange tendencies. He has weekly “dentist” appointments and parents who never stop smiling. It’s almost impossible to wake him up and he’s always getting fancy gifts from his mysterious uncle. Danny always assumed that Eric was just a spoiled rich kid…until he discovers Eric’s hidden robot reality.

As the two friends dig deeper into Eric’s origins and purpose, powerful forces swarm into town, and Danny and Eric are left with more questions than answers—and more danger than humanly possible.

About The Author

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M.M. Vaughan (also known as Monica Meira) lives in the UK. She loves to write, to listen to Janis Joplin, and to embark on adventures of any kind. She is the author of The AbilityMindscape, Six, and Me and My Friendroid.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 26, 2019)
  • Length: 362 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481490672
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 620L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"A timely parable for this generation of digital natives."

– Kirkus

"Vaughan presents another noteworthy sf middle-grade offering peppered with mystery."

– Booklist

* "Unrelentingly funny sci-fi story."


"For middle-grade readers who are ready to fight the power."

– Publishers Weekly

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