Helen Fox Eager's Nephew

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Eager's Nephew

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Eager comes out of hiding regularly to visit his old friends, the Bell family, and with him comes his 'nephew' Jonquil, Professor Ogden's newest, and formidably intelligent invention. Jonquil is a tinselly structure that can infinitely change shape. He is impatient, curious, always wants to be in the middle of things - and quickly out of control. Fleur Bell is now grown up, with a daughter, Ju; her old friend, Marcia has a son, Finbar. Fleur's husband works in a space station, and things take a very worrying turn when he appears not to be his usual self during his regular conversations with the family on the go-between. Before long Eager and Jonquil, with the help of Ju and Finbar, are locked into another quirky mystery adventure in search of the truth ...To complicate matters further, for Eager the human world is even more bewildering than ever ...

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Helen Fox lives in London with her husband, who is a scientist. Before she became a writer she worked as a primary teacher, a marketing executive, and a tour guide. She trained and worked as an actress, and during this time rediscovered her love of creating stories. Helen has now given herself over to writing full-time. Eager was her first novel.

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Grade 5–8—This sequel to Eager (Random, 2004) takes place 10 years after its predecessor, at the end of the 21st century, when mentally and emotionally independent robots are illegal and subject to destruction. Eager, his sister Allegra, and several other robots capable of independence from humans have gone into hiding. They have learned to "reproduce": Allegra has created Jonquil, her "son," who can morph into a variety of shapes and interface with almost any kind of electronic device. Once a year, Eager takes a risk: disguising himself as a domestic-servant robot, he travels to see the Bells, the family he became close to in the first book. Jonquil begs to go along, as he has never spent any time among humans. Eager refuses, but Jonquil conceals himself and joins him anyway. A certain amount of comedy and adventure ensues, but both are restrained and clever in a way that the threat of a grand-scale robot rebellion in the first novel was not. The stakes are much lower here, and the characters get out of any danger they're in pretty easily. Fans of the previous book will probably want to read this one; others are likely to be turned off by its slow pace.—Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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