When ROZZUM unit 7134 is activated on the island, she has no way of knowing that she does not belong there. She’s been programmed to learn, so she immediately begins to learn. She learns to find shelter and how to survive in the wild. But none of the things living on the island, Roz included, expected her to thrive in the wild.
I read this book with my grade 6 class as a part of the Global Read Aloud and they absolutely loved it.
I read it on my own first, and I enjoyed it, but reading it with my sixes really made it come alive. They’d come to class begging to hear about Roz and her friends. They’d cry out, “Ms. M! Ms. M! Wait! Stop! I want to make a prediction.” (Music to every Humanities teacher’s ears.) They yelled at me when I put one of the characters through puberty and dropped his voice. They were so invested in the life of Roz on the island, and when we finished, they got so mad that we weren’t going to read the sequel until a field trip a few months out.
I can honestly say that every single one of my 52 students loved this book. When you can get a student asking you to stop reading so that they can make a prediction, or point out foreshadowing, or just engage with the text, you know you’ve got a great book on your hands.