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Summary

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....

Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown's middle-grade debut raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Peter Brown (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"This strong debut middle grade novel...is a first purchase for most middle grade collections." ( School Library Journal)
"Expect readers to go wild for his robot-themed novel." ( Booklist)
"While the end to Roz's benign and wildlife is startling and violent, Brown leaves Roz and her companions - and readers - with hope. Thought-provoking and charming." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Narrator Kate Atwater maintains Roz's robotic voice throughout the book, but as Roz slowly earns membership in the island's animal community and 'learns' their values, her machinelike voice gains warmth and friendliness. Atwater also provides fitting and distinctive character voices for each of the island’s delightfully named inhabitants, who include ChitChat the squirrel, TrunkTap the woodpecker, and BrightBill - Roz’s unlikely son. Even though the book has no humans, the listener will, nevertheless, ponder the nature of humans, the implications of artificial intelligence, and the meaning of being wild." ( AudioFile)

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 22-11-16

Warm Hearted, Positronic Woman

I DON'T EAT ANYTHING, INCLUDING PARENTS
I, a 58 year old truck driver, loved this. I have always liked most things Robot, especially Asimov's, The Positronic Man. 500 robots are in crates on a ship, which goes down in the ocean. One crate makes it to an island, in which no humans live. Seals open up the crate and the robot is born, not knowing what a human is. What results is a great loving story in which the animals accept this robot.

YOU KNOW HOW THEY ARE AT THIS AGE
The robot becomes a parent to a goose. The story teaches about co-operation through storytelling not through speeches. It touches on several life issues without dwelling on them or boring the reader. This is always entertaining.

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  • Heather Goldsmith
  • 30-01-17

Good until the end

The story takes a little while to get going but once it starts moving it is excellent until the very end. This story teaches so much to the listener (i.e. patience, caring, friendships) but I do not understand adding in the machine guns and hunting at the end. Isn't there already enough violence in the world for our young listeners. Very disappointed that Mr. Brown felt he had to go this way at the end.

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  • Lauren Smith
  • 02-11-16

Thoroughly delightful

This is a wonderful book and a wonderful performance. My son (8 years old) and I enjoyed it immensely .

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  • Melissa
  • 02-09-16

Fantastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, not a long book, but the storyline goes at a good pace, and I fell in love with all the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Vivid storytelling, great characters

Have you listened to any of Kate Atwater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she was great

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yep, was totally worried about how the book was going to end, deeply invested in the characters

Any additional comments?

Beautiful story beautifully read

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 30-12-17

Terrible Background Noise: Sweet Story

This middle grade novel about a robot that gets stranded on a wilderness island is so sweet. I know, I know. You're all thinking, really? A feral wilderness robot is sweet? Yep. It sure is.

There are no people in this novel. Roz, the bot, has to learn how to adapt, survive, and communicate with the animals of the island, after she's shipwrecked, washed ashore, and accidentally activated by an otter. She is involved in an accident that causes the deaths of a family of geese, minus one small gosling, which she then adopts and raises.

This is a charming, adorable story about how great a place can be when there's someone there, even just a robot, who simply wants to do what is right and make life better for everyone, no matter what creature or species you may be. There's something to be learned here about the strength of society, and what makes for stronger communities. It's touching to watch her learn and grow, and to see how the other animals change and adapt with her. She has a positive influence on the whole island.

The only bad thing about the audiobook is the terrible symphonic additions at the start and end of the book. The music is cued up so loud that I can barely separate out the words and focus on the story, which is absolutely frustrating. Don't get me wrong. I am not opposed to music or sound effects with audiobooks. I have my undergrad degree in music, so bring on the orchestra.

HOWEVER, additional sounds should never supersede anyone's ability to hear and focus on the actual story, ESPECIALLY DURING THE CRUCIAL START OF A BOOK. This is so common, and it MAKES ME SO ANGRY.

When the noise/music is louder than the story, that's an utter failure on behalf of the individual who was responsible for adding sound effects and music to the book. That's just wrong and bad on every level. Not everyone has perfect hearing, perfect speakers, and/or a perfect listening environment. The people who cue music for audiobooks need to take the book out with a set of crappy headphones and listen to it in a busy location.

Then, and only then, should they make decisions about the volume of the background music and sounds. If they are sitting in a high tech studio, then they're mixing the book for themselves, not for the everyday audiobook user, which is just frustrating.

Luckily, the very loud, brain impairing noise lasts for only about the first 8 minutes at the start, so if you turn the audiobook up to double speed, you can get through the uncomfortable segment in just over 4 minutes. Hang in there. After those 8 minutes, you'll be able to hear and appreciate this adorable story, despite having basically missed the entire start of the book. Regardless, you'll be able to follow along with the story, even if you take very little out of the section cued with music, because while I hate missing the start of a story, I didn't struggle to figure out what was happening in the story once the noise violence ended.

I did almost quit listening, because somewhere around the 3 minute mark, I suspected the loud music may be cued throughout the whole book, and I knew I couldn't handle that. It's not. Hang in there.

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  • Felting Mom
  • 01-10-17

Audio The Wild Robot

What a simple but delightful story! I listened to it ahead of reading it aloud to my 3 rd graders. The performance was good and the reader allowed the story to shine through rather than "over acting" the story as some audio books tend towards. Definitely a book I'm excited to share with my 3rd graders!

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  • Julia A. Schulte
  • 11-04-17

Best book

This book is the 2 best book Next to PAX. It is about a fox :-)

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  • cool.unique.name
  • 14-09-16

I cried

This is the best book I've ever heard. I even cried at the end.i rate it 1000000000000000000000 stars.

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  • AllieShae
  • 14-04-18

Great book!

I loved this book! I was hesitant at first, but once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I teach elementary library so I’ve recommended it to lots of my students. Every kid loved it and can’t wait to read the 2nd book!

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  • S. Novak
  • 13-04-18

Different, and Engrossing

What made the experience of listening to The Wild Robot the most enjoyable?

So, I didn't know what to expect with this one but both I and the kids (11-14) loved it. Its a bit different and subtle but there is a reall message here.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild Robot?

Without giving anything away the way it tackled learning was detailed, yet brief,

Have you listened to any of Kate Atwater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she is awesome.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If I could write tag lines I'd be in advertising.

Any additional comments?

Gonna get the sequel.