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Return of the Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #2)

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Snik, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsey haven’t stayed in the best touch since last year’s big homework-machine scandal. But they are all pulled back together again when Brenton realizes that the most powerful part of the machine that lets you cheat on homework was never really destroyed. And there is someone out there who wants to use it for a lot more than just cheating. So the ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 21st 2009)
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Jul 21, 2011 Millshark rated it liked it
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Oct 02, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
The characters of The Homework Machine return in this sequel. Now the D Squad--all of their last names begin with "D" are in 6th grade with an ex-military teacher. The drama of middle school continues and Police Chief Rebecca Fish is once again going about doing the interviews because this time the adventure of the kids, unfortunately, ends in a death! The chip from the Homework Machine has gone missing in the Grand Canyon (the setting for these books) but there is also the possibility of a secr ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Eva rated it really liked it
Return of the Homework Machine is the sequel to The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. It’s about four kids named Snik, Brenton, Judy and Kelsey. When the superchip for the machine goes missing, Snik, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsey worry that it might have fallen into the wrong hands. They search for the chip and end up hunting for treasure.
This book is a great follow-up to the previous book and I really enjoyed it. The author used good details to make it seem like you are watching a movie in your head
Mar 08, 2010 Abdullah rated it really liked it
This is a sequel for "The Homework Machine". The adventure in this book goes far than it did in the first one. There are more mystery and it's more dangerous than before.

Was it good? Yes, actually it was very good.
Is it one of my favorites? hmmm, I don't think so!
In fact, it is not as good as the first book, and the reason why I like the first one more and consider it one of my favorites is that when I read it I was very entertained by the whole idea and the way the writer introduced the charact
Jennifer Wardrip
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Brenton, Snik, Kelsey, Judy, and Mr. Murphy are all telling their story to the police department. The story comes out a bit at a time through dialogue from each person.

It seems that the Homework Machine (Simon & Schuster, 2006) that they had tossed over the rim of the Grand Canyon still had an active power chip, and though the machine parts were mostly recovered, that chip remained missing. The shady character, Richard Milner, that they purchased t
Mandy Wu
Sep 20, 2013 Mandy Wu rated it it was amazing
The return of the homework machine is an amazing book. My teacher read it to my class as a read aloud book and my classmates loved it. The homework machine is a book with four main character. The four kids. There is a teacher and another kid. The other kid is enemy with the four kids. He knew the four kids had an machine that helps them do their homework. but from the last book, they have to destroyed the homework machine. Instead, the kids shoot the homework machine with a rocket. But when the ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Jul 29, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
This story continues the fall after the events wrap up in The Homework Machine. Our main cast of characters is back together. They are: Brenton Damagathi, the genius, Sam Dawkins aka Snikwad the class clown and tough guy, Kelsey Donnelly an activist, and Judy Douglas a diligent hard working student. Mr. Murphy is retired from both the Military and NASA; he is teaching 5th grade because retirement did not sit well with him. He was aware of the events of the year before, but believes kids are good ...more
Sarah Sammis
Mar 04, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
With all the recent hullabaloo over the whitewashing of covers for tween and young adult literature, I've been paying more attention to the cover art in the children's wing of my library. Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman jumped out at me because of it's diverse cast of characters on the cover. The title also reminded me of The Secret Science Alliance, a graphic novel I was reading for the Cybils.

Return of the Homework Machine is the sequel to The Homework Machine which I haven't read
Oct 15, 2010 Tal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so - i have mixed feelings about this book, though i thought it was a really good story. again, it threw me with the switching of the characters, but it was nice to see the different points-of-view. it was really interesting to see how different kids reacted to different things. it would be beneficial for my students to see how one character said that if the chip ended up in the wrong hands, that it could be disasterous. then, to turn around and have a character mention all of the things that th ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Cathyl rated it liked it
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Carrie Lawler
Jul 14, 2009 Carrie Lawler rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book not realizing it was a sequel. Good news though, it doesn't matter! I liked it and could see fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students (mainly boys) liking this. It has adventure tied in with historical information about none other than the Grand Canyon, rockets, Egypt, and treasure.
Although it's a younger book than my students might typically read, it's written in a about five characters' first-person perspective. I thought this might be an interesting way to introduce or rei
Derick Smith
Oct 30, 2014 Derick Smith rated it it was amazing
This was a great book it tied very well to the first book. The book was very
suspenseful in the ending, what happened to that guy was unexpected im not going to spoil it for anyone. i highly recommend this book if you read the first one of course.
I told myself if there was a good explanation for Milner, I would bump up. No such luck. The Homework Machine was strange, but palatable. This one was even stranger. While I liked how the story was told, I couldn't get over all the weirdness.
Apr 07, 2016 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2016
I liked this book a lot. It was pretty fun to read and filled with a lot of information about Grand Canyon, American history and rocket science. I also really like the way it talked about environment. But probably my favorite thing about this book is the writing. I love that it's completely told from a police station in an police interview.
Grigor Hoonanian
May 19, 2013 Grigor Hoonanian rated it it was amazing
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman is a fictional book about the adventures of a group of kids and their wacky invention. These kids had invented a machine to do their homework in their previous book but at the end threw it into the grand canyon. After that event one of the main characters Brenton discovered that the computer chip that controled it was not destroyed. In this book the kids are trying to recover the computer chip. My favorite quote was " Mr. Murrfy the police chief is he ...more
Candice Pedersen
Jan 10, 2012 Candice Pedersen rated it really liked it
This is a good book for children in 5th or 6th grade as they can relate to what is going on. This is the second book in the series and it is very helpful to have read the first. The characters are mostly the same and involve the same Homework Machine. However, this one has some differences. The kids did enjoy it, but not as much as the other one. It seems darker, and deeper, and not nearly as child friends. It is good, and I have read it a couple of times before now, but I definitely wouldn't g ...more
Ben Schaffer
Dec 16, 2015 Ben Schaffer rated it really liked it
i thought this book was interesting and had a lot of suspense. but i think that Dan Gutman could have added what happened after the rocket with computer chip was launched.
Charles D.
I am currently reading return of the Homework machine. Since the summer, Snik, Brenton, Judy, and Doug haven't used the homework machine. I am at p. 46. Now they want to use it again for what they think the so called "harder 6th grade homework". once I thought that homework would be to hard as I was entering 3rd grade.

So far, in the "Return of the Homework Machine" I am pretty far in it I am almost finished with it.It is very excellent. They have using the machine. My predictio
Sep 23, 2015 Heathery rated it liked it
In the book Return of the Homework Machine, the main characters, Snick or Sam, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsey, haven’t stay in touch since last year’s big Homework Machine scandal, but when Brandon realizes that the most powerful part of the Homework Machine the one that lets you cheat was never really destroyed. And there someone out there who wants to use it a lot more than cheating. So the group reunited again to stop the culprit. But first they have to solve the mystery of a hidden treasure. I wo ...more
Amy Brown
Aug 21, 2009 Amy Brown rated it liked it
This is the sequel to the Homework Machine. I liked this book until the ending which seemed a bit abrupt which makes me wonder if a third book is in the works. The kids throw their homework machine into the Grand Canyon (which gets them in trouble with the police). The police gather all of it except for the super computer chip which made the machine work. Brenton is worried that they can't find the chip and a mysterious man who keeps e-mailing Brenton about the chip doesn't make him feel any bet ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Kelli rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute kids' story. It was a lot of fun to read. The thing that I liked the most, though, was the format. That's the English teacher in me coming through. I had never seen a book written in this type of format. It's the kids all giving statements to the police, so the story is told from about 7 different points of view to get the story across. Some of the little clips are only a few lines long from each character and some are several pages from the same character. I love the form ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
Second in what seems to be a possible series. I really liked the first one. This one was not as good although the format is quite accessible and will be fine for the kids who like the first one. Written as if the characters are being interviewed in a police station with multiple points of view, there's a little something for a lot of interests. The setting is the Grand Canyon and it's a school story, coming-of-age, friendship, loyalty, and computer mystery kind of story, too. Short enough to be ...more
Jan Carlson
Feb 09, 2016 Jan Carlson rated it liked it
This book is very similar to the Homework Machine with the different voices. Although I love Dan Gutman, I don't think the Homework Machine and The Return of the Homework Machine are nearly as good as some of his other books.
Jul 25, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it
This book was a super fast read! It was fun seeing these characters again and watching the way their friendship has evolved throughout the next year in their lives. The one thing I was disappointed in was the ending. It didn't really seem to resolve anything and left a lot unexplained. If there is going to be another sequel he didn't really leave it open ended like that, but he did leave so many questions unanswered.
Written in the same style as The Homework Machine, and a fast fun read. The main plot premise, though, kind of undermines the "Brenton is a supergenius" theme of the precious book. And the story gets to a crazy conclusion rather quickly (frankly, many events are coincidental and unlikely, but the story is entertaining and fast-paced.) Although the plot is not entirely credible, it is still great fun.
Aug 21, 2009 Rad rated it liked it
Dan Gutman, I think you should have contacted me before writing a sequel. Somehow, it just didn't live up to the original. I mean, the original was believable. This one was all, "Crazy adventure! Hidden treasure! Adults who endanger children!" And that ending was so sudden. How could you? HOW COULD YOU?

I'm done. I'm also disappointed that Brenton and Judy broke up. COME ON. What is that?
I enjoyed this one more than the first. There was more adventure and excitement. I did not like however that an adult character in the book was drinking in front of a kid and offered him some. I don't care if it was the "bad guy" or not. There was no real need for it in the book, and now it makes me hesitant to put it in my 4th grade library. It's a shame.
Oct 26, 2009 Darla rated it did not like it
(Genre:Children's Fiction) This is a sequel to "The Homework Machine" and I would have liked it a whole lot better than I did, if the author hadn't made the adult authority figure behave in a dishonest manner. That kind of sunk the whole book for me. Otherwise, I would have ranked it on par with it's predecessor.
Feb 19, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades 3-6,
I enjoyed the sequel as much as the first one. It's a quick read, with each character telling his own story. The kids are now in sixth grade and and I liked their teacher, who is new to this book. It picks up right where the first left off, right on the brim of the Grand Canyon looking for the missing red light. Fun!
Jan 31, 2013 B rated it really liked it
If you wondered what happened to the little red blinking light of the Homework Machine that did NOT turn off when the computer was unplugged and "destroyed", this book tells you. I enjoyed reading again, in interview style, the humorous opinions of the 4 friends along with their enemy, Ronnie.
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more
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