I received this book for free from Scholastic Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Tin: Pádraig Kenny}Tin by Pádraig Kenny
Published by Chicken House on March 26, 2019
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Middle School, Science Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Christopher is ‘Proper’: a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world is changed for ever… What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.

{My thoughts} – This is one of those, I just had to read kind of books. It had the look and feel of The Wizard of Oz to me. However, upon opening the book and actually reading it, it wasn’t what I’d been expecting. It was much different and much more then I could have anticipated.

Christopher is a mechanical that has been led to believe that he is a “Proper” boy. He doesn’t know any different because he literally acts like a real human right down to breathing and crying. However, when he and the other mechanical’s are out doing some work an accident occurs and Christopher’s perspective changes very quickly.

It wasn’t until he was more or less taken from the only home that he had known in his lifetime, that he starts to be able to piece things together. He starts to learn and understand his past, but it takes sometime and some help. A lot of that help is unconventional, but in the end, the end result is what was needed for him to sort things out.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is mostly about being human. Trying to understand what it is like to be human. It is about learning what humanity really is even for those that aren’t human, but strongly believe that they are.

It’s a pleasant read and extremely well put together and executed. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.