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Frankie is appalled to hear herself assuring the girls at school that yes she has got a boyfriend. The more fibs she tells, the worse it gets, so she builds herself a robot. The robot is the utterly gorgeous Romeo, and Frankie is the envy of the school. Unfortunately, Romeo has a few personality flaws: he is completely self-obsessed, and doesn't understand that there are some things you just don't say. Frankie is hurt and offended when he tells her she's not pretty enough to be his girlfriend, and learns the hard way that 'perfect' is not all it's cracked up to be. Ruth Louise Symes is a very funny writer. Her characters are engaging and memorable: Frankie, who isn't exactly a success at school, her faithful friend Darren, her genial but dotty parents, and dashing scientist grandmother. Her truthful picture of life at home and school is a solid base for a sequence of hilarious incidents in which Romeo creates a trail of disaster.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842550861
ISBN-10: 1842550861
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 16-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Frankie is a teenage girl trying to settle down in a new school. Her mum and dad are science-fiction freaks without much money. They've all just moved into Frankie's grandmother's house while Granny, a retired scientist, goes off to the Galapagos Islands with her new boyfriend Maximilian. While Mum and Dad try to turn the house into a science-fiction themed B&B, Frankie likes to spend a lot of her time in the basement where she makes a surprising discovery in one of Granny's locked trunks. This discovery - a dismembered robot - turns out to be a lucky one for Frankie. She has told girls at school that she has a boyfriend, and now she has to produce the evidence. With the help of her friend Danny, she puts the robot together, and the suitably life-like result is christened Romeo. The implausible premise aside (Granny would have to be a scientific genius to produce a human-looking and human-sounding robot where so many others have failed), it's an enjoyable read. Frankie's schoolmates are suitably impressed by her handsome new escort, and Romeo elevates Frankie's standing in school by several notches. But in the way of all fictional robots, he soon takes on a life of his own and his behaviour gets out of control. This is a good comic read, and Symes has done a nice job of capturing the anxieties and obsessions of adolescent girls everywhere. What is more, just when you think you know where it's going, there is a genuinely surprising twist right at the end. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Ruth Symes

Ruth Louise Symes teaches children with severe learning disabilities and also runs creative writing courses and workshops for children and adults. Her first published works were stories in the Dolphin Quids for Kids and she has since had a fantasy novel, THE MASTER OF SECRETS, published by Puffin and a comic novel, THE MUM TRAP, by Andersen.

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