About The Book:
Title: THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS
Author: Michelle Mohrweis
Pub. Date: September 27, 2022
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Evelyn strives for excellence. Allie couldn’t care less. These polar opposites must work together if they have any hope of saving their school’s robotics program.
Eighth-graders Evelyn and Allie are in trouble. Evelyn’s constant need for perfection has blown some fuses among her robotics teammates, and she’s worried nobody’s taking the upcoming competition seriously. Allie is new to school, and she’s had a history of short-circuiting on teachers and other kids.
So when Allie is assigned to the robotics team as a last resort, all Evelyn can see is just another wrench in the works! But as Allie confronts a past stricken with grief and learns to open up, the gears click into place as she discovers that Evelyn’s teammates have a lot to offer—if only Evelyn allowed them to participate in a role that plays to their strengths.
Can Evelyn learn to let go and listen to what Allie has to say? Or will their spot in the competition go up in smoke along with their school’s robotics program and Allie’s only chance at redemption?
An excellent pick for STEAM enthusiasts, this earnestly told narrative features a dual point of view and casually explores Autistic and LGBTQ+ identities.
"Full of girl power without ever showing them as outsiders in robotics because of their gender, this brings a diverse team to the page and shows the various skills needed to make a team succeed."—Booklist
"Unsubtle but not overwrought, with genuinely inspiring kindness and collaboration found amid pain."—Kirkus Reviews
The Trouble with Robots is a middle grade fiction book that is written by Michelle Mohrweis. I read this book with my 9 and 11 year old sons. We enjoyed this story. It inspired my 11 year old to want to check out robotics when they open clubs up this year.
This book is well written. Each chapter switches back and forth between our two main characters. Evelyn and Allie. They are both very different. Evelyn is a perfectionist. She seemed to nit pick everything because of this. Allie is new at the school and she has some tough things going on in her life.
Allie lives with her Oma. She has had a hard time adjusting to her new school and seemed to always be in trouble. She has been kicked out of several elective classes due to some of her issues. She is then placed in the robotic class. This is not something she’s thrilled with but she knows she’s running out of chances.
Evelyn is frustrated that her team got her disqualified from a match. She had a lot of issues with the robot and couldn’t believe they were disqualified. My boys noted that she was bossy and wouldn’t want to work with her if she was their team captain.
These two personalities have to learn teamwork. They both learn some valuable lessons in the book. We enjoyed seeing their characters evolve through the story. We liked how the author switched back and forth with their point of views.
This is a good middle grade fiction book. The boys and I are enjoyed it. Thank you for the author and publisher and Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
About Michelle Mohrweis:
Michelle Mohrweis is a STEM Educator and space enthusiast. When not writing, they can be found launching paper rockets down the middle of their street. They live with their husband and two dogs in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and hogging all the best spots beside the heater when it gets too cold. Follow them on Twitter @Mohrweis_Writes and visit them on the web at MichelleMohrweis.com.
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