Maya and the Robot

Maya and the Robot

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From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend -- and a science fair project.

Maya's nervous about fifth grade. She tries to keep calm by reminding herself she knows what to expect. But then she learns that this year won't be anything like the last. For the first time since kindergarten, her best friends Jada and MJ are placed in a different class without her, and introverted Maya has trouble making new friends.

She tries to put on a brave face since they are in fifth grade now, but Maya is nervous Just when too much seems to be changing, she finds a robot named Ralph in the back of Mr. Mac's convenience store closet. Once she uses her science skills to get him up and running, a whole new world of connection opens up as Ralph becomes a member of her family and Maya begins to step into her power. In this touching novel, Eve L. Ewing melds together a story about community, adapting to change, and the magic of ingenuity that reminds young readers that they can always turn to their own curiosity when feeling lost.

Author: Eve L. Ewing
Publisher: Kokila
Published: 07/13/2021
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.74lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.90w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781984814630
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 511784 / Maya and the Robot


Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 07/01/2021 pg. 60
Shelf Awareness 07/16/2021
Booklist 07/01/2021 pg. 82
Publishers Weekly 07/26/2021
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001

About the Author
Eve L. Ewing is the award-winning author of Electric Arches, 1919, and Ghosts in the Schoolyard. She also wrote the acclaimed Ironheart and Champions series for Marvel Comics. Her work has appeared in many venues, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Vanity Fair. Born and raised in Chicago, she was a middle school teacher before completing her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently she is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Christine Almeda is a Filipina American freelance illustrator, character designer, and lover of sunshine. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA focused on character design and children's media. She believes in the power of creativity, diverse storytelling, and that art can make life more beautiful. Learn more at christinealmeda.com or connect with the illustrator @eychristine.