"Hello, I am ROZZUM unit 7134, but you may call me Roz." Roz has just crash landed on an island after a hurricane sank the ship she was being transported on. The other units have been torn into bits and pieces. Only Roz survived.
So, what exactly does a robot do on a desert island? This robot begins by frightening a family of otters. She's a monster to the animals on the island and word spreads quickly that she's there.
But over days and weeks and eventually months, Roz begins to try out the wildness she sees in the creatures all around her. One day as the result of an accident, a nest of goose eggs smashes and breaks all but one. Roz collects the one egg and begins to care for it. When it hatches, the young gosling is named Brightbill.
Roz makes a home for herself and her newly acquired son on the island. The two spend their lives together and Roz is there for Brightbill as he learns to fly, mother and son. She also chooses to help the animals on the island in their times of trouble and this earns her the reputation of being their friend. All is well until the rest of the world remembers Roz.
Where is the line between the programming of a robot and the instincts of a wild animal? Where geese are "programmed" to fly south for the winter, robots can be programmed to care for a gosling. How different are we?
A heartwarming exploration of the wildness of nature, the instincts programmed into our wild creatures and the many questions that surround what place we want robots to have in our world. Do they belong in our natural order or are they machines destined to forever lack that eternal spark?
288 pages 978-0316381994 Ages 9-13
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.