The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

The Wild Robot
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The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

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 realises that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home - until, one day, her mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide. By turns funny, moving, surprising and dramatic, this is a novel that is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting.

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After a fierce storm sinks a cargo ship and dislodges its contents, boxes of robots are destroyed on the rock of a wild and remote island and only one remains intact.

Cheeky otters explore this robotic gravesite and with playful antics activate Roz, who has a sophisticated computer brain with the capacity to evolve. The future meets a formidable natural world where instinct is paramount to survival. It’s the one thing Roz lacks – or does she? She is not welcomed by the animals, who fear this big, crazy-looking thing and yet, over time they learn cooperation and respect, and eventually this refugee robot becomes a member of their community.

Who would have thought a story about a robot could be so imaginative, quirky and touching? This is Peter Brown’s first novel, after a very successful career as an award-winning picture-book illustrator, and it is a masterful and charming transition with the added bonus of illustrations that enhance a wonderful book for readers aged between 8 to 12 years.


Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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