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EngiNerds, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Rogue robots, realistic friendships in smart series launch.

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Jarrett Lerner's strong entry into the growing genre of STEM adventures hits some of the hallmarks -- like robots and DIY problem-solving skills -- but adds a welcome dose of emotional authenticity. EngiNerds is narrated by Ken, who's alternately loyal, dismissive, warmhearted, cocky, humbled, and courageous. Readers may be drawn in by rogue robots and plentiful potty humor, but they'll stay for the well-developed story and perceptive portrayal of kids whose passions aren't always understood, even by their closest friends. The robots' raging appetites are good for laughs, but there's real food for thought in the backstory of how and why the robots were designed.

The book is crying out for a how-to on making a catapult from chopsticks -- but inspired readers may enjoy the challenge of figuring it out. A few plot threads hint at the direction of the next book, set up by a cliffhanger ending.

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