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By William Hadcroft

Gezz and her most sensible buddies Malcolm and Luke are having enjoyable at the housing property the place they stay whilst the coming of a stranger interrupts their daily lives and adjustments the area as they understand it eternally. Created by way of a professor of robotics, Anne Droyd is left within the care of those 3 kids, who take her to college with them and educate her the way to be 'a human'. This Asperger event explores the human and the necessity to combine right into a society that calls for conformity. The author's pun on 'android' introduces the topic of alienation that runs all through, a device used to supply convenience to people who think like 'aliens', excluded in a social setting. Readers can be captivated by means of the heroic characters and the vibrant plot, and engaged by way of Hadcroft's imaginitive presentation of real-life concerns comparable to smoking, bullying and peer reputation.

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Luke was angry, Malc was frightened and upset. Suddenly the atmosphere changed. All three children turned. Something was coming, something large and heavy. The sound of the engine was rough, more powerful than a car. A jeep perhaps, or a Land Rover. ‘It’s coming from the road,’ said Luke, his anger instantly evaporating. Gezz let go of him and Malcolm edged forward. All three crouched behind a tangle of bushes and prickles. A clump of nettles brushed over Malcolm’s legs and he was glad that he hadn’t been able to change his school trousers for 36 his shorts.

Professor, you say you were in the war fifty years ago and that your real daughter died. ’ The Professor rocked back on his haunches and looked up at the low metal ceiling. ‘Er,’ he said. ‘Well, let me see. I was born in 1918 just after the First World War, so that makes me…’ He broke off to consider. Then he shrugged nonchalantly. ‘Eighty something? ’ The three children boggled. ’ The Professor was very matter of fact. ‘Yes. I fled Germany in 1938 when I was twenty, just before Hitler triggered World War Two.

The skin tore and stretched like rubber but no blood could be seen. ‘Look at this,’ said the Professor triumphantly. The skin peeled back to reveal a thick silver metal shaft and a mass of circuits and wires. Luke attempted to speak. ‘You’re, you’re, you’re,’ then finally he got it out. ‘You’re one of them,’ he said, his voice all shaky and terror stricken. ‘You’re an android. ’ Malcolm’s legs went weak at the knees. Oh no, this was it. 54 The Professor chuckled and pressed his rubbery skin back over his robot arm.

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