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Publisher Description

Thirteen-year-old twins Vick and Tara have built an incredible machine—a loyal robotic watchdog named Daisy. But, when local crime boss Ms. Alba schemes to add Daisy to her robot army, Vick and Tara must go to great lengths to protect their prized pet. Because Daisy is more than just any robot—she’s their constant protector, and together the three make a great team.

Vick and Tara are determined to stop the mob from tearing their little family apart. And they might just succeed! Sure, the evil Ms. Alba has more robot watchdogs, but none are as smart—or as faithful—as their Daisy. Plus, if things get too dangerous, Tara could always upgrade their pet. With her mechanical skills, she could make Daisy bigger, stronger, and a lot more intimidating!

A Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

"Engaging, suspenseful, and with nearly all the vivid fighting confined to robots, this gritty tale is perfect for a younger audience than most post-apocalyptic stories." —Kirkus Reviews

"This compelling drama with cool tech themes and bad guys getting their comeuppance is a winner." —SLJ

October 10
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

rokinrev ,

Time for a great read!

Receiving books like this from the authors in truth can stress reviewers out a little, but these are my honest opinions not affected by how I received this.

I love YA books, even if I am 61. They mostly expect little out of a reader except to settle in and enjoy the ride. And this dystopian book is no different. Set in Chicago in the possibly not too distant future,these kids are left to fend for themselves. Twins Vick and Tara are kids like this after their mother dies. While scouring through the dump looking for things Tara uses to re/build Watchdogs, they find a computer chip that literally turns their world around as it makes the Dog almost human, and forces them to stay one step ahead of the people who lost it.

I really liked this book, in part because Tara’s autism is simply part of who she is, not a “gift” or a “handicap”. This is a fantastic jumping off place for an animated show or series. I want to see these kids again Will McIntosh! Recommended 4/5

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