This middle-grade robot novel sits happily alongside such classics as Ted Hughes' The Iron Man, and indeed The Iron Woman. Roz, a shipwrecked robot, learns to survive and thrive among wild animals in human-less idyll with the help of her adopted goose-son. This is a book that raises lots and lots of interesting questions: Can robots develop feelings? What does family mean? Do we prioritise the individual over the community? Can people change? What is the impact of technology on nature, and vice versa?
Prepare to have a bit of a sob at the cliff-hanger of an ending, and definitely put in your order for the second installment before you get there! Perfect for 7-11 year olds.