Brother from a Box by Evan Kuhlman

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One new brother—assembly required. A “page-turner filled with fun, intrigue, and suspense” (Kirkus Reviews) from the author of The Last Invisible Boy.

Matt Rambeau is officially a big brother—to a robot! Matt’s super-computer-genius dad is always getting cool tech stuff in the mail, but the latest box Matt opens contains the most impressive thing he’s ever seen: a bionically modified lifeform that looks human and calls Matt “brother” (in French)!

Norman turns out to be a bit of an attention hog and a showoff, but Matt’s still psyched to have a robotic sibling—even if he flirts with (ugh) girls. Then strange things start to happen. First a computer worm causes Norman to go berserk, and then odd men start showing up in unusual places. Matt soon realizes that someone is trying to steal the robot—correction—his brother!

In this zany, action-packed story with spies, skateboards, and plenty of artificial intelligence, acclaimed author Evan Kuhlman gets to the heart (and motherboard) of one of the most special relationships known to man (or machine): brotherhood.

About Evan Kuhlman

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Evan Kuhlman is the author of  Brother from a Box, The Last Invisible Boy, and the critically acclaimed novel for adults Wolf Boy. He lives in Ohio. Visit him at
Published May 1, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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It’s not all smooth sailing, though—Matt’s mom is disturbed to discover how much Norman looks like a child she lost years before, Norman suffers from a computer virus and suddenly a couple of strange men seem to be paying too much attention to Norman and Matt.

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Kuhlman (The Last Invisible Boy) offers up a quirky story of a boy and his robot.

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Common Sense Media

Norman resembles a son Matthew's mother lost years before -- a plot element that may be disturbing to young kids.

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