Josh’s conquering his worries, from the waterslide, to life at school, when he’s floored by his parents’ news- the family’s moving to Brighton. It leads Josh to retrieve his Worrybot, a construction created at the recommendation of his counsellor, when life in Year 4 became too much. However, he’s determined to put all he’s learned from that experience to good practice as he faces his new school.

Then again, Josh hasn’t expected Noah, and his influence upon Ethan, and then the rest of his new Year 6 class. What’s more, he certainly hasn’t expected that he’ll be buddied up with Charlie, a school refuser who attends school through robot device. However, Charlie’s accustomed to Noah and gives Josh tips as to how best to cope with him. Then again, when Noah learns why he and the rest of the school recognise Josh’s father, there’s another way to put Josh down.

How can he find Josh feet when it seems his only friend is a robot? Then again, why doesn’t Charlie attend school? Furthermore, are they close enough friends that Josh can share his worst memories? What’s more, what if Charlie insists that Drama Club is an outlet in which Josh will thrive, when his worst time is associated with school drama….

Bookwagon loves Worrybot. What a wise, insightful and heartfelt story about finding your voice and your place.  We recommend Worrybot highly to all middle grade readers and their teachers.

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Simon Packham

(UCLan Publishing)

Josh retrieves his Worrybot from deep beneath his bed on the night his parents tell him and Willow that they’re moving to Brighton. The construction was something that helped him during his worst times in Year 4, when Lottie made school life unbearable. However, he’s now Year 6 and things are better. Yet a new school?
It seems that Josh’s worries are justified for it’s not long before Noah’s making his life difficult. It’s not only being new, but then Dad’s recognition and the robot through which Charlie attends school- as we recall from Lisa Thompson’s The Small Things. In fact, Miss Wright is keen for Josh and Charlie to buddy up. Then again, it seems that Charlie wants to be friends with Josh, and even advise him on how best to face up to Noah.
However, what is Charlie’s story? Why is Charlie a school refuser? Then again, how can Josh face up to a situation that brings back his worst school moment so closely, all over again? Bookwagon loves Simon Packham‘s Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? It seems that like that book, Worrybot contains the same understanding, empathy and relevance to real lives. Bookwagon recommends this title highly for reading aloud, alone, and knowing about and acting upon, too.


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