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The Talk to Me book is the first component of Through My Window.  

Talk to Me introduces readers to engineering concepts like artificial intelligence, engineering design, and engineering ethics. Written by former engineer Sonia Ellis, Talk to Me features diverse characters with strong female leads and realistic body types.  


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Seven-year-old Maddie Reyes can talk to Mom, Dad, and 14-year-old sister Sadina.  But with the rest of the world—except her robotic cat Bella—she’s too terrified to speak.

Maddie sees an intruder one night, and now she’s the only one who can identify him and save Mom from arrest. Sadina suspects her best friend, Rio—especially now that Rio is paying attention to another girl.  As Sadina’s world begins to collapse, her friends join together to transform Bella into Chattercat, a talking robot that just might get some answers from Maddie.

Lexile 840.  32 chapters, 152 pgs.  Color illustrations and discussion questions.  


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1223868 and 1223460.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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