Standiford, Natalie. How To Say Goodbye in Robot, 288 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2009. Language -R (16 swears, 10 “f”); Sexual Content - PG. On the first day of a new school, Beatrice (Bea) meets Jonah who is very pale and called “Ghost Boy.” Bea learns that Jonah’s mother and twin brother, with special needs, died in a car accident when he was in third grade. Jonah isn’t friendly, but he puts a sticker on Bea’s locker advertising a nighttime talk radio show. Bea calls the radio show and gives her name as “Robot Girl.” Bea and Jonah become friends. Jonah inadvertently answers a phone call for his father and discovers that his brother is alive. Bea and Jonah search to find him. The novel is stocked with high school cliché characters and one-dimensional parents; however, the two main characters are original and thought provoking. Several plot elements are predictable, but the end is definitely a surprise. HS – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.