Synopses & Reviews
One new brother — assembly required. From the author of The Last Invisible Boy
Matt Rambeau is officially a big brother — to a robot! Matt's super-computer-genius dad is always getting cool tech stuff in the mail, but the latest box Matt opens contains the most impressive thing he's ever seen: a bionically modified lifeform that looks human and calls Matt "brother" (in French)!
Norman turns out to be a bit of an attention hog and a showoff, but Matt's still psyched to have a robotic sibling — even if he flirts with (ugh) girls. Then strange things start to happen. First a computer worm causes Norman to go berserk, and then odd men start showing up in unusual places. Matt soon realizes that someone is trying to steal the robot — correction — his brother!
In this zany, action-packed story with spies, skateboards, and plenty of artificial intelligence, acclaimed author Evan Kuhlman gets to the heart (and motherboard) of one of the most special relationships known to man (or machine): brotherhood.
"Kuhlman (The Last Invisible Boy) offers up a quirky story of a boy and his robot. Twelve-year-old Matt Rambeau gets a surprise when a large crate from France arrives at his New York City apartment. Even more surprising, it contains the world's most advanced, most realistic robot, which looks just like a stereotypical French boy; Bruno pictures the robot, which Matt promptly names Norman, wearing a striped shirt and beret. It turns out that Norman is part of a project Matt's father and uncle have been working on, and now Matt gets to help Norman adjust to and blend in with society. Hijinks ensue, especially when Matt realizes dangerous people are out to steal Norman for their own nefarious ends. This mixture of action and humor is recounted in Matt's idiosyncratic narration, which is full of non sequiturs and bounces from topic to topic in chapters that range from a paragraph to several pages. Bruno's illustrations, not all seen by PW, add to the story's overall goofy charm. Ages 9 12. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writer's House. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Equally entertaining and thought-provoking, this one will appeal to science-fiction and suspense fans as well as those readers who tend toward more character and relationship-focused selections."
About the Author
Evan Kuhlman is the author of Brother from a Box, The Last Invisible Boy, and the critically acclaimed novel for adults Wolf Boy. He lives in Ohio. Visit him at EvanKuhlman.com