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The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  7,104 Ratings  ·  481 Reviews
Doing homework becomes a thing of the past!

Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attr
ebook, 176 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2006)
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Feb 13, 2008 Noah9kp rated it it was amazing  ·  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?
Apr 13, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 26, 2009 Jac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2017 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has 4 main character Sam Kelsy Judy and Brenton. Brenton is super smart. He creates a homework machine to do his homwwork for him. Sam says he does not belive that it will work. So Sam Kelsy and Judy come over after school that day too see if its real. It worked!!! It had his handwriting and all the anwsers were correct on his piece of paper. So Sam, Kelsy and Judy decided they want to do it as well. But Brentons mom does not know what is happening because Brenton never has anybody over. An ...more
Cam Vincent
I didn't like this book because to me I felt like there wasn't much of a plot to the story and it doesn't make any since at all.So in the third grade me and my friend Alex read the homework machine because we thought it would be good and the story had no dialogue no plot and no conclusion so after we read and rated it re rate it with 2 stars. I wouldn't recommend this book to you.

Vian Selvanathan
Mar 31, 2017 Vian Selvanathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 4 kids named Brenton, Sam, Judy, and Kelsey. Brenton builds a homework machine and soon the other 3 kids find out about it. Brenton and Judy are really smart and they do not need the machine. Sam and Kelsey on the other hand really need the machine. The 4 kids become better friends and try to keep their homework machine from everyone else.

This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.
May 20, 2013 Lady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(*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
Jul 20, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Nielson
Jan 13, 2015 Adam Nielson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2010 LJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-books
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Elizabeth (NC)
This is good book that would pair well with Andrew Clement's The Report Card for fourth or fifth graders.
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
Feb 13, 2015 Meixiupan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reggie Overton
Oct 26, 2014 Reggie Overton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
May 25, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
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.
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.
May 23, 2015 NoyNoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Sep 09, 2009 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Has Dan Gutman ever been to Arizona? Does he know anyone in the US Air Force? Has he been to the Grand Canyon?
The answer to all of these questions has to be "NO!" or his book would be much more entertaning - and reaslistic.
The story is strange, the setting is unbeleiveable, the characters are wooden sterotypes and their behavior is unlikely.
On a positive note: my children liked the book.
Saeed Henderson
Jun 20, 2016 Saeed Henderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magaly Sanchez
Sep 17, 2013 Magaly Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is interesting
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
Jul 07, 2008 Tracie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school, elem
Told as interviews with key players, the story of four kids using a homework machine during their fifth-grade year is revealed.
Nov 05, 2015 Mnmstaten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with my fifth-grader, and he loved it!
Oct 26, 2015 Isobel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like it at all but I read it along time but just gave up
Jake Funaki
Apr 13, 2015 Jake Funaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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