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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159990280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599902807
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DANIEL H. WILSON is an engineer who earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the author of Bro-Jitsu, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter, and blogs regularly at www.danielhwilson.com


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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. After earning a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he has authored seven books.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Belfiore on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of A Boy and His Bot for review, and I devoured it. It's fun, evocative, features wonderful characters, and it makes you think about the real world, even as you're transported to another one. Best of all, in this time of hyper-popular vampires, magic schools, and utter fantasy in young adult fiction, this story is reality-based.

Drawing from his background as a CMU-trained robotics expert, Wilson creates a world every bit as amazing as Harry Potter's. Actually, even more amazing, as it doesn't depend on magic; it all could, conceivably, come true, and therein lies the real magic.

Our down-the-rabbit hole hero is a nerdy boy named Code, who discovers the self-sustaining robotics experiment of a long-dead Native American civilization hidden in an ancient mound. After following a tiny humming bird-like robot through a rift between our world and the experimental robot one, Code meets a cast of robot characters and embarques on a quest to a Celestial City a la The Wizard of Oz to find his lost grandfather and, oh, incidentally, save the world of Mekhos.

Along the way, we're introduced to a robot culture whose members find us humans as alien as we would them, and here's where the book shines, by taking present day advances in robotics to their logical extremes and giving us a glimpse of the world we are actually now creating.

Inquisitive adults will enjoy this one every bit as much as kids.

I interviewed Wilson about the writing of A Boy and His Bot and posted some of his answers to my questions on my blog, here: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on July 31, 2013
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I am listening to this book along with my 7 and 9 year olds. A very enjoyable story about a boy lost in a world of robots, even one of his own making. The narration is very good, clearly telling the story and bringing the writing to life without intruduing into the story as some narrations can. The writing is very good. A tale that would have been too advanced for my youngest reader but listening to it all together has been a very nice experience and kept us all interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JASON RINDLER on June 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Based on how much my 10-year old son enjoyed this and how quickly he finished it, I would recommend this to any young science fiction reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s on May 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
good sci-fi story, takes one into a world where bots are essential to surviving in the world. wish i had a bot...
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