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The junkyard bot, C.J. Richards ; Illustrated by Goro Fujita

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The junkyard bot
Title
The junkyard bot
Statement of responsibility
C.J. Richards ; Illustrated by Goro Fujita
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When George Gearing's personal robot Jackbot gets hit by a car, George rebuilds him into something amazing, only to have him disappear just as dark forces threaten the town, leaving George and his new friend Anne Droid to find out what happened
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Storyline
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 George Gearing lives with his grumpy uncle Otto in Terabyte Heights, a high-tech town where robots cook, clean, garden, guard, and everything else. When Jackbot, George’s personal, makeshift robot and best friend, is hit by a car, George—a whiz kid with mechanics and electronics—puts him back together. With the help of his new friend Anne Droid and the workroom at TinkerTech Enterprises, Jackbot becomes the most amazing and sophisticated bot in town. But George’s euphoria is short-lived after he is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Jackbot disappears, robots all over town go crazy, and George discovers a dastardly plot to take over civilization. Kids interested in technology will get a charge out of this initial entry of the Robots Rule! series. Amusing names (Chip Micron, Mrs. Glitch, Principal Qwerty), loads of action, and comical observations combine with Fujita’s amine-inspired illustrations to offer a spirited beginning to a fun series. -- Fredriksen, Jeanne (Reviewed 11-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 5)
  • Gr 3 – 5 — George Gearing is an 11-year-old orphan with a knack for robotics. He is unique; in a town maintained by laboring robots, George keeps a robot as his friend (even if he is a little glitchy). When George's beloved Jackbot is hit by a car, the boy is presented with an opportunity to fix him with the best parts robotics has to offer. These updates provide Jackbot with something unprecedented: Artificial Intelligence! When Jackbot's intelligence catches the eye of the wrong people, George encounters a plot to destroy his town of Terabyte Heights. This is a humorous, fast-paced, action-packed science fiction novel. George Gearing, Jackbot, and their comical antics will win the attention of readers. Fujita's appropriately placed illustrations bring the story to life. The conclusion wraps up enough loose ends to be satisfying but leaves a few questions to be answered in a future installment.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY --Tiffany Davis (Reviewed July 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 7, p93)
  • In this kickoff to the Robots Rule! series, Richards introduces George Gearing, an 11-year-old with a genius-level knack for tinkering with and improving the omnipresent robots of Terabyte Heights. Though George lives with his uncle, who owns a junkyard, and has an out-of-date robot named Jackbot as a best friend, he dreams of earning an apprenticeship with TinkerTech, which all but controls the city. When Jackbot is hit by a car containing Anne, daughter of TinkerTech head Professor Droid, she lets George repair Jackbot with TinkerTech materials, resulting in an unprecedented breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Now a sinister force wants Jackbot as part of a plan to take over the town, and it’s up to George and Anne to save the day. Clever, whimsical, and fast-paced, this adventure never loses its sense of fun as it pits the heroes against unusual mechanical menaces and technological threats. Fujita, a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation, fleshes out the setting and action with crisp, clean cartoons that invoke a stylized realism and an appropriately cinematic feel. A Working Partners property. Ages 9–12. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 22, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 38, p)
  • A mildly techy science-fiction series makes its debut. When Jackbot, 11-year-old George Gearing's rather clunky companion robot, is accidently run over by a car in which professor Droid's daughter is a passenger, George's access to the professor's laboratory allows him to try out his new programming ideas for the repair. Jackbot acquires independent intelligence but is immediately stolen, and George and Anne Droid must dodge various murderous intelligent machines as they track down the missing robot. Terabyte Heights is a company town dominated by TinkerTech Enterprises. Everybody seems to own at least one robot, and character names are in keeping with the theme (Principal Qwerty runs the school; a policeman is Officer Dongle). Most of the robots are either stereotypically tinny and lumbering or inventively silly and menacing; specific allusions to challenges of software, hardware and programming are notably few. This first in the series has the narrative simplicity and pacing of a movie companion. A scattering of lively illustrations look like animation cels and add visual interest and cinematic feel to the undemanding, action-packed, occasionally comical narrative. Though immediate threats are resolved and an evil genius thwarted, the mystery of George's parents' long-ago deaths and the nature of "Project Mercury" are left for future development and explanation. Young robot enthusiasts will surely be amused. (Science fiction. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10358608
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richards, C. J
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.R37856
LC item number
Jun 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Fujita, Goro
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Robots rule!
Series volume
book one
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Robots
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Robots
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The junkyard bot, C.J. Richards ; Illustrated by Goro Fujita
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894127420
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780544339361
Lccn
2013042821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)894127420
Label
The junkyard bot, C.J. Richards ; Illustrated by Goro Fujita
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894127420
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780544339361
Lccn
2013042821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)894127420

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