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Preview — The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)
The unlikely foursome made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker -- Brenton, Sam "Snick,", Judy and Kelsey, respectively, -- 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, at...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I especially liked that each of the kids had a unique personality and voice. Most readers will fin...more
( 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...more
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...more
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...more
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The Homework Machine berkisah tentang empat anak kelas 5 Sekolah Dasar di Grand Canyon, Arizona, yang terlibat dalam sebuah kasus pembuangan sampah di ngarai itu.
Keempat anak yang digabung dalam kelompok "Skuadron D" oleh guru kelas mereka, Miss Rasmussen, terdiri dari Sam Dawkins, Kelsey Donnelly, Judy Douglas, dan Brenton Damagatchi.
Sam Dawkins atau Snik - kependekan dari Snikwad - Dawkins dibalik - adalah anak baru di seko...more
My son loved The Homework Machine. First, he was intrigued by the idea that a fifth grader could invent a machine to do his homework. Second, he found enough humor similar to the WSD variety: calling people dweebs; kids wearing their clothes inside out;...more
By: Dan Gutman
The Homework Machine case all started with 4 5th graders, Judy Douglas, Kelsey Donnelly, Brenton Damagatchi, and Sam Dawkins, who formed the “D” Squad at the Grand Canyon School in Arizona. These 5th graders were all very different people: Judy was an African-American girl who was very smart, she was in the gifted and talented program, and was the “Goody Two-Shoes” of the group, Kelsey was a girl who didn’t really like school, and didn’t mind about doing anythi...more