Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing is a great book for kids with an interest in STEM or any reader transitioning from young readers to middle grade novels. This was such a fun read that hooked me from page one!
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The summary, from Amazon:
From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend — and a science fair project.
Maya’s nervous about fifth grade. She tries to keep calm by reminding herself she knows what to expect. But then she learns that this year won’t be anything like the last. For the first time since kindergarten, her best friends Jada and MJ are placed in a different class without her, and introverted Maya has trouble making new friends.
She tries to put on a brave face since they are in fifth grade now, but Maya is nervous! Just when too much seems to be changing, she finds a robot named Ralph in the back of Mr. Mac’s convenience store closet. Once she uses her science skills to get him up and running, a whole new world of connection opens up as Ralph becomes a member of her family and Maya begins to step into her power. In this touching novel, Eve L. Ewing melds together a story about community, adapting to change, and the magic of ingenuity that reminds young readers that they can always turn to their own curiosity when feeling lost.
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Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This STEM-focused book touches on so many topics and does it so organically!
Book Club Questions
- Were you surprised about what happened to Christopher?
- Would you like to have a robot like Ralph? Why or why not?
- Describe Maya’s friendships with Jada and MJ. How do her friendships with these kids compare to her friendships with Ralph? With an adult like Mr. Mac?
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