Eager's Nephewby Helen Fox
Twenty years have passed since Eager’s first adventures with the Bell family. Scientists are now banned from building robots that can think for themselves and feel emotion, like Eager. He and other robots have spent years in hiding. But Eager secretly visits the Bell family, and his headstrong nephew, a most unusual new robot named
It is the future.
Twenty years have passed since Eager’s first adventures with the Bell family. Scientists are now banned from building robots that can think for themselves and feel emotion, like Eager. He and other robots have spent years in hiding. But Eager secretly visits the Bell family, and his headstrong nephew, a most unusual new robot named Jonquil, stows away on the visit. They arrive at the Bells just in time—for mysterious and dangerous things are happening to the family and their friends. Eager and Jonquil’s special abilities could save the day.
The human world is totally new to Jonquil, who can’t always tell fact from fiction. Excitable Jonquil is in his element. When he isn’t in danger himself, he’s causing havoc for everyone else. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.
This sequel to Eager (Random, 2004) takes place 10 years after its predecessor, at the end of the 21st century, when mentally and emotionally independent robots are illegal and subject to destruction. Eager, his sister Allegra, and several other robots capable of independence from humans have gone into hiding. They have learned to "reproduce": Allegra has created Jonquil, her "son," who can morph into a variety of shapes and interface with almost any kind of electronic device. Once a year, Eager takes a risk: disguising himself as a domestic-servant robot, he travels to see the Bells, the family he became close to in the first book. Jonquil begs to go along, as he has never spent any time among humans. Eager refuses, but Jonquil conceals himself and joins him anyway. A certain amount of comedy and adventure ensues, but both are restrained and clever in a way that the threat of a grand-scale robot rebellion in the first novel was not. The stakes are much lower here, and the characters get out of any danger they're in pretty easily. Fans of the previous book will probably want to read this one; others are likely to be turned off by its slow pace.
Walter MinkelCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Random House Children's Books
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- 3 MB
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Helen Fox lives in London with her husband, who is a scientist. Before she became a writer, she worked as a primary teaching assistant and trained and worked as an actress.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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This book was probably by far the best book about the future I have ever read. It is about a robot and his family who go through one adventure after the next.
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