I love surprises! Yesterday I was looking for something on Amazon and spotted a book cover. Mine! The book doesn’t come out until August 1, 2021 so I was surprised to see the cover already made pubilc. The publisher is Brightpoint Press and you can find a listing for it here on Amazon.
But the good news is that once the book is online I can talk a bit more about it. This was a tricky one to write. Part of the difficulty is that it is Hi/Lo. That’s high interest level (teen) and low reading level (3-4th grade). These books are for readers who, for whatever reason, are behind. Getting them to read can be tough because they know they are behind but don’t want to read “little kid books.” Hi/Lo titles help fill in the gap.
Before I could write it, I had a lot to learn. First of all, I had to figure out what exactly a robot is. I discovered that the definition is much broader than I expected.
Some robots have operators, someone who guides their movements. I didn’t know that these were robots. I thought that drones were . . . drones . . . distinct and very different from robots. Nope. They are in fact robots although they are not the kind that are in my book.
Other robots interact with people, collect information, and move based on a program but have no one “driving” them.There robots can act as guides, leading people through complex collections of buildings. They can make deliveries.
The automated dolls that play music and respond when you walk past? Robots. Creepy little robots. Definitely not my favorite.
Not that I have a favorite unless you’ll let me count C3PO or R2D2.