Celia's lost her Robot—has she lost her father's love too?
Celia feels mixed up. She's the only half-Chinese kid she knows, her parents are fighting more and more, and fifth grade is a big, fat problem—Celia forgets to do her homework, can never find her violin for lessons, and loses all her school stuff in her disastrously messy room. Then Celia's dad, a famous robot scientist, has a brilliant idea: he'll build Celia a robot to turn her life around. Soon Celia is cleaning, organizing, and keeping on schedule with the help of quirky Robot. Part nanny, part housekeeper, and all friend, Robot is wonderful—but sometimes Celia wonders if Dad cares more about Robot than he does about her.
Celia's Robot features "a bit of mystery plus solidly believable, complex friend-family relationships and a smart girl who's fearless about technology. . ."—Kirkus Reviews
"Celia is an interesting character. Her struggle with being the only biracial student in her school adds to the plot, and will give readers more to think about than simply who stole Robot."—School Library Journal
Excerpt from Celia's Robot. Text copyright © 2009 by Margaret Chang. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.