Published by Little Brown
Summary: When we last saw Roz, she had been captured and was in pieces, flying away from her beloved island and her goose son, Brightbill. As the curtain rises on Act 2, Roz is being delivered to Hilltop Farm, where she is assigned care of the cows and other farm chores. Being Roz, she soon bonds with the cows, as well as with Jaya and Jad, the two children who live on the farm. But she is homesick for her island home, and as she goes about her farm work, she thinks about how she can get back there. Eventually, the two children find out about her past; although they have come to love, her, they know she belongs on the island and they help with her escape. Leaving the farm is only the beginning; on her journey to the island, Roz deals with vengeful wolves, rivers to cross, and the RECO robots who captured her in the first book. After nearly being destroyed once again, she ends up in the lab of Dr. Molovo, the scientist who designed her. Dr. Molovo realizes Roz belongs back on the island; after giving her a new body, the doctor takes her home, and the story ends with, “The wild robot was back where she belonged.” 288 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: Roz’s fans will not be disappointed with this sequel. As much as I enjoyed the original, I thought this one was even better, and a voracious third grade reader recently agreed with me. To quote Peter Brown, the story is “filled with heart and soul and action and science and even a little philosophy.” Although the Newbery trend of late does not seem to favor books like this, I would love to see this one win award or two.
Cons: The happily ever after ending probably means there won’t be a third book.