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The Homework Machine

  Gutman, Dan


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 146
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Genres:

Humor
School story
Science fiction

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

2-3
4-5

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Brenton Damagatchi is the smartest student in the 5th grade and a computer genius. He programs his computer to do his homework so that he can use the extra time to pursue other interests. Brenton lets the homework machine’s existence slip at his work group table and before long Kelsey, Sam, and Judy (called the D Squad due to their common last initial) are coming over to his house every day to have the machine do their homework. Problems arise as teachers become suspicious and friends become jealous of the time that they are spending together. Will the D Squad overcome their obstacles and continue to use the homework machine?

I was totally pulled in from the start by the innovative and nontraditional way that Gutman relays his entertaining story… told after the events of the school year unfolded via police interviews with the large cast of characters – the D Squad, classmates, parents, and teachers – ranging from a single sentence to a whole page. I also liked how the four very different kids, who are thrown together by chance at the beginning of the story, bond over their secret of the homework machine and become real friends.

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Reviewed by: David Nelson on 4/1/2008

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