The Wild Robot

by Peter Brown

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Book Information

Publication Date: April 5, 2016


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 740L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level R


Interest Level: Grades 3-5


Major Awards: The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers * ALA Notable Books for Children Nominee–Summer 2016, Fiction * Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Middle-Grade * NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children 2017, Honor * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Middle Grade * New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Fiction * Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Middle Grade & Children’s * Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Middle Readers, Fiction * Shelf Awareness 2016 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade * ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Middle Readers * 2017 Capitol Choices, Seven to Ten * The Washington Post Best Children’s and Young Adult Books of 2016


Number of Pages: 288 pages


Approximate Word Count: 87,840 words -- The average reader will spend 5 hours and 51 minutes reading The Wild Robot at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins


Book Themes: Family and Friends, Survival


Genre: Fiction


Setting: an Unnamed Island in the Pacific Northwest


Important Quote:
"But I do not know how to act like a mother.”
“Oh, it’s nothing, you just have to provide the gosling with food and water and shelter, make him feel loved but don’t pamper him too much, keep him away from danger, and make sure he learns to walk and talk and swim and fly and get along with others and look after himself. And that’s really all there is to motherhood!


First Line: Our story begins on the ocean, with wind and rain and thunder and lightning and waves.


Point of View: Third Person (Omniscient)


*Estimate from Reading Length

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