02/01/2019HAMILTON, S.L. Rescue Robots. ISBNea vol: 32p. (Xtreme Robots). glossary. index. photos. ABDO. Tr $18.95.
Gr 3–8—This tech-focused series provides an in-depth exploration of modern robotics, from robotic pets to household cleaning robots to surgical robots, and shows how these technological advancements can benefit those who use them. Each book offers detailed descriptions of several different types of robots, bolstered by many fascinating real-life examples, including a frog-inspired device used during stomach surgery, as well as a robot used for mapping wrecks at the bottom of the ocean for archaeological purposes. Vivid photographs, along with "Xtreme Facts" about each specific robot, help readers understand how they operate and assist people in everyday situations. Each title includes a glossary with relevant STEM terms (sensors, open platform, tether) and an index, along with a link to additional online resources. VERDICT Written at a fourth grade reading level, these informational texts are ideal for middle school hi-lo readers but could also be used by general upper-elementary audiences.