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The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  5,867 ratings  ·  420 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Four kids are held together by one secret; a homework machine. When the machine becomes more powerful than they imagined, they find themselves in a race against their own creation.
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published March 1st 2006)
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Feb 13, 2008 Noah9kp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who hate doing homework
Four kids all have a last name that begins with a D so they are called the D Squad. One of the D Squad members, Brenton says he has a homework machine and so all the squad members go over to his house and use the homework machine. Can they keep their secret? Or will someone find out?
This book was a good one that I'd recomend for kids ages 10-12. 'The Homework Machine' by Dan Gutman takes you on a sort of sci-fi adventure, when Sam, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsy find out that Brenton has invented a homework machine they nickname Belch. You see Brenton was different from the day he was born, he never cried as a baby, and wrote his first piece of music when he was six. He also never seemed to have friends. Then Brenton let's his little seceret slip and tells Sam about the homework ...more
This book was very unique and enjoyable to read. I think how the author put the book in a interview style was very creative. It worked out because they were getting interviewed while telling the whole story at the same time. I liked how two of the characters were kind of smarty pants and the others kind of just went with the flow. The story is great and the characters are too. I liked it maybe you will too.
Adam Nielson
The Homework Machine is a book that I enjoyed very much.

In The Homework Machine, a boy named Brendon invented a machine that does people’s homework. The machine got the nickname “Belch.” Inventing the machine wasn’t exactly cheating for Brendon, because he was already a genius and got excellent grades. He invented the machine to create spare time for himself. His teacher did table assignments by last name, so he and three others kids whose last names started with D (nicknamed “the D squad”) spec
Reggie Overton
Most every child dreams of the day when their is no more homework, and this book explores that fantasy and the age old wise tale of "be careful what you wish for." We are introduced to an array of students that fit just about every norm you may find in the average classroom, such as the class clown, geek, teachers pet, or slacker. These children create a machine named Belch that does their homework for them, but things spiral out of control and serious consequences are threatening to materialize ...more
This book was about these kids that had a same last name so they name them the "D squad".There was a kid in the D squad that invented a homework machine and it was Brenton.He didn't like doing homework nor did the other members of the D squad so they invented a homework machine.After a while the teachers found out that they invented a homework machine and it was on the school newspaper.They went to the principal's office and talked for a bit.They didn't get in trouble.A few days later they threw ...more
(*Three and a half stars, actually*)
What if you never had to spend time on homework ever again? A homework machine could free up your time to do other fun things---would you use it and keep the secret? What could possibly go wrong?

Attracted to the plot summary and diversity in this cast of characters, I selected "The Homework Machine", by the prolific Mr. Dan Gutman, as the next book for the Kids' (Library) Book Club members to read. The albeit interesting story of "Belch" (an alias for the Hom
(Genre:Children's Fiction) This was another one that we listened to on CD as a family. After starting the story, I almost didn't continue because of the messages that these kids were sending during their narratives (and because my children we listening, too). But my kids encouraged us to go on and so we did. This story is told from the different viewpoints of each of the 4 children involved and a few of the adults. Four 5th graders who have nothing in common, end up sitting together in a group a ...more
Reading level: 4.8
Interest level: 4 - 6

Themes to be aware of: Divorce, death of a parent, "going out" (i.e. dating) in fifth grade, cheating, honesty, friendship

From School Library Journal:

Gr 4-6-Fifth-grader Brenton is a computer genius, but the other three members of his work group think he's a nerd. So, when he tells them that he has invented a machine that does homework, they taunt him until he agrees to demonstrate. The machine actually works, and Kelsey, Sam, and Judy convince him to let t
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The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman is about four 5th graders with one thing in common; a big secret.Brenton is a genius and has invented, programed and used a homework machine. When he spills the beans to the other kids at his table, he doesn't know what he has gotten himself into. With the police,parents, and a stalker involved, this could end up much more than a great idea.

This is a great book and I would recommend it to and 5-6th graders. It is funny and exiting. I didn't want to put it down
Mar 08, 2010 Abdullah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abu Nawaf
A group of 4 kids somehow got a homework machine that does their homework in no time! but something really bad happened because of this machine. That's why we hear the whole story from each of them in the police station. what happened? and why were they in the police station? you will have to find out yourself!

This is really one of the best books I have read and It's certainly one of my favorites. It's very well written and entertaining. I loved the way the writer introduces the characters and t
The Homework Machine is a great book for fifth graders, particularly those that aren't quite reading on grade level. Four students, randomly assigned to the same group in their class, form an unlikely friendship after Brenton Damagatchi creates a homework machine. Judy, Sam, Kelsey, and Brenton all benefit from the machine but each of them learns that homework and doing your own work are important.

I especially liked that each of the kids had a unique personality and voice. Most readers will fin
Selviana Rahayu
suka sih meskipun agak gak masuk akal ya ada anak kecil kelas lima sd bisa bikin sebuah penemuan yang menghebohkan

untungnya anak kecil itu ternyata orang jepang jadi setidaknya bisa masuk di akal
Jake Funaki
It has a lot of mysteries and a huge twist. There is a depressing part when the main character's father dies. It has a lot of jokes and teaches you a lesson.
"What would you do if you designed a machine to do all your homework?" I have assigned this age-old writing prompt myself once or twice. Answering that question, I expected this book to have light, fluffy humor. I found surprisingly more depth than that, although I did have to get used to the choppy, interview-style paragraphing. I was pleased to see that the book looked at the homework machine's consequences for parents, teachers, and several different types of students. I could see fascinating ...more
I thought it was a good story- I felt for reluctant readers- it might be hard to follow. Each chapter is written in the voice of a different character, so the plot moves forward then back then to a different point of view.

( I read books with reluctant readers in mind- because my sons don't really enjoy reading.. so I think this would make following the storyline difficult and keeping characters straight a challenge.)

If your child LIKES to read.. they might really enjoy this book. There are good
The EL410 kids really enjoyed this book! It had some interesting challenges that I wouldn't have predicted. For example, the staggering of time was quite a challenge for some of the students with lower language levels. Putting all the different pieces together from different accounts was also a challenge.

They really loved the whole idea of a machine that could do your homework. And there were amazing discussions on what made someone cool, and whether the homework machine was helpful or not to t
I read this book with my fifth-grader, and he loved it!
A fun book told by different characters in an interview-type style. While the story flits through several characters, it is never confusing and the author skillfully keeps things moving along through several points of view. The book is good and sends a great subtle (and then not-so subtle) message about the importance of homework. Great for advanced second grade, third grade and fourth grade readers. Reminiscent of classics of the past...such as Cleary's stories about everyday life gone awry in ...more
The title of my book is The Homework Machine and the author is Dan Gutman. The book has #146 pages and the genre is realistic fiction.

The main characters are the D-Squad witch is Judy Douglas, Kelsey Donnelly, Sam Dawkins and Brenton Damagatchi. They are all in fifth grade. The other characters are Miss Rasmussen their teacher, Ronnie Teotwawki a kid that is spying on the D-Squad, Brentons mom, Police Chief Rebecca Fish and Sams dad. Brenton is the main character over all because he is the oner
I actually really liked this book! One of my students at school abandoned this book because he found it too difficult to follow, so I tried it out. The premise is that each of the people involved in the "crime" at the center of the story is speaking to an interviewer--a police officer? a lawyer? someone else?--and is telling their bits of the story. It spins out across the pages in different voices with each person filling in little pieces that perhaps you'd heard about previously, but from anot ...more
This is a story about one group of kid;which there was two kids that was genius_Brenton and Judy.But there were two more kids in the group ( Other are fine or bad) .
that is not that smart.How would they get from the problem?


(I read it while I read other book to look do it connect)
Grace asked for a homework machine for Christmas so when I saw this audiobook, I thought we'd give it a try. The girls loved it and didn't want to leave the car so they could listen longer. I could have done without so many "stupids" and other name calling but the girls are younger than the targeted audience. We had some good discussions about cheating/lying and being nice to others after various chapters.
Oh, Dan Gutman. What happened?

I went into this book with such high expectations, since I love the Baseball Card Mysteries and the My Weird School series. And I probably could have liked this book pretty well based on the plot (four fifth-graders come together over the invention of a homework machine), if it hadn't been for Gutman's treatment of the characters of color.

Brenton is a horribly stereotypical Asian nerd who is socially inept, kills it at Ping-Pong and chess, has an IQ of about a bill
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
This is a great realistic fiction book to use as a read aloud for a fourth or fifth grade class. The story is told from the perspectives of four narators who were involved in the incident of the Homework Machine. An investigator is interrogating each of them to get their stories. I thought this book was good but its not one of my all time favorites. It does however make a good readaloud for a class.
Evyta Ar
Bisakah kalian membayangkan ada sebuah mesin yang mampu membuatkan PR? Kita tinggal memasukkan lembar pertanyaan PR ke dalamnya, lalu mesin itu secara otomatis mengeluarkan lembaran itu lengkap dengan jawabannya. Iya, mesin PR itu ada. Brenton Damagatchi yang membuat.

Yah, kadang-kadang pemikiran anak-anak di novel ini hampir sama seperti pemikiran anak sekolah zaman sekarang. PR dari guru menjadi momok tersendiri bagi para siswa, apalagi jika PR itu banyak dan sulit.

Saya beri 3,5 bintang untuk
I did not like it at all but I read it along time but just gave up
Judy, Brenton, Snickwad and Kelsey are all in the same class but they aren't friends. They're all very different. But when their teacher puts them all together in a group, they become friends because of a secret: The Homework Machine!

This book by Dan Gutman is a lot of fun. Here's what my 9 year old, C, thinks about it:

I like that it was written from the point of view of several different people. They were all being interviewed by the police. It was about a group of people who didn't want to do
Aaron Forbush
This book is The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. This book is about some nerds wanting to get there homework done faster. They got together and decided to make a machine but they could not get caught. These people started hanging out more and they started getting attention that they did not want. One kid found out and sent a message out to the school teacher. "The teacher Miss Rasmussen called a private meeting and gave the kids a pop quiz". They were failing. Will the kids ever get in trouble w ...more
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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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