Tin – Padraig Kenny

   Tin – Padraig Kenny, Chicken House (Scholastic), (9781338277555), 2019

Format: ARC

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Fantasy/Science fiction

 What did you like about the book? Young Christopher lives with the scientist/inventor Absalom.  Absalom creates robots that mirror humans; the ones living with him are Jack, Rob, Manda and the giant Gripper. Absalom is no perfectionist, his creations are lopsided with uneven legs, made with any scrap he has laying around.  But they are all individuals with individual personalities. They look to Christopher for guidance – until it is discovered that Christopher, too, is a robot, one infused with a soul which is forbidden.  He is captured and taken away.  Jack, Rob, Manda, Gripper, and human Estelle set off to rescue him.  This is a riveting read with such fully-realised beautiful, endearing characters, the robots even more so than the humans!

Anything you did not like about the book.  Not a thing.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This story is completely unique. Recommend to kids who like fantasy, science fiction and robots, but any kid who likes a really good story will be rivetted to this one.

Who should buy this book? Public, elementary and middle-school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile/Middle School fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 3/3/2019

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