The powdered mum

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Author Pino Pace
Illustrator Cristina Portolano
Pages 208
Date of publication October 2021
Format cm 14 x 21

Winner of Premio La Magna Capitana Best 9-11 Book

  • Between Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick, a children’s novel on the “classic” theme of artificial intelligence.
  • An invitation to reflect on the big moral questions: what do words like life, conscience, feelings really mean?


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In a not too distant future, each family owns a Lyo, a “powdered mum”. You can buy them at the supermarket in convenient bags: they cook, clean, take care of the children.

At Mara’s house, however, Isis, the family’s Lyo, begins to behave strangely: she does not destroy herself after six months, as Lyos usually do, and above all she seems to be developing feelings, such as compassion and fear. In short, she seems to be gaining consciousness!

In a crescendo of breathtaking adventures, between pursuits, grandmothers dealing in martial arts and plot twists, it will fall on Mara to protect her Lyo from an evil corporation and these events will push all her family to look inside themselves and rediscover the true meaning of being together.



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