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The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,118 ratings  ·  384 reviews
DOING HOMEWORK BECOMES A THING OF THE PAST

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

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Noah9kp
Feb 13, 2008 Noah9kp rated it 5 of 5 stars
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?
Jac
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
Laura
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.
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
Ms.
(*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
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Darla
(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
Kelly
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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LJ
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Abdullah
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
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Laura
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
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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
Ellen
"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
Laura
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
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Saejean
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
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Kendall
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
Kathleen
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
Heather
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.
Julie
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
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Abduraafi Andrian
Pernah melihat buku ini di toko buku atau bazar buku? Tidak? Begitupun aku. Rasa penasaranku timbul. Jadi aku membacanya setelah seseorang mengirimkan paket seberat 7kg ke rumahku. Dan buku ini salah satu yang ada di dalamnya.

Aku menikmati kisah ini. Ceritanya sungguh menggugah, aku pikir anak-anak juga akan suka dengan cerita ini. Terang saja, mengerjakan PR? Anak-anak mana yang suka melakukannya? Begitu pula dengan empat sekawan yang hidup di sekitar Grand Canyon. Mungkin kalian harus memiliki
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Elizabeth
This was a good fast read about all the drama of 5th grade. The 5th grade teacher is a rookie and groups together 4 kids who become fast friends when one of them (Brenton) discloses that he has a HOMEWORK MACHINE and that the other three, (Sam, Judy & Kelsey) can use it. Swiftly, they name the machine Belch. But things devolve when word eventually gets out that the kids are cheating. And Sam suffers a heartbreak that impacts everyone. The story is told by taking turns between different chara ...more
Tracie
Told as interviews with key players, the story of four kids using a homework machine during their fifth-grade year is revealed.
Magaly Sanchez
This is interesting
Stephanie
What kid hasn't wondered what life would be like with a homework machine? Well, fifth grade computer genius Brenton hasn’t had to worry about homework all year. When he mentions it to some of the kids in his class, they beg to see it, and he gives in. Judy, Snick, and Kelsey can’t believe how amazing the homework machine is; it even does their homework in their own handwriting. It's just too easy not to use it. So, four unlikely friends begin to hang out in order to get their homework done in re ...more
Peni Astiti
Sebuah mesin PR?
Bisa mengerjakan semua PR-mu?
Sepertinya itu mustahil...

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
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Braiden
That brenton makes the homework machine and they thought it would not work. But brenton says it works, so brenton slipped his homework, inside then started to fiddle with his computer and it came out finshed. The d squad was amazed by it so they tried to name it and snik belched. So the d squad named it belch everyday they'd always go, to brenton's house so belch can do it for them. There's a jelous boy named ronnie teotwaki who is trying to figure out why snikwad is, hanging out with brenton. J ...more
Ash
I chose this book, because a good friend of mine recommended it to me, I gave it a go, and it's now one of my favorite books. In 'The Homework Machine," there is a group of 4 kids who hang out, because all of their last name's end with a D. One of them is incredibly intelligent, so he builds a homework machine, and they all use it, until it starts to cause trouble. My favorite quote from the book was, "What should I do? I gave them both an A." I liked this quote,because it exhibited the helpless ...more
Adriana
So far it is a good book. It is about 4 kids who talk about a homework machine that this kid named Brenton invented.The teacher Miss R. put Brenton, Sam, Judy, and Kelsey in a group and they all had a D in their last name so the class started to call them the D Squad. Later in the book the D Squad became friends and they would always go over to Brenton's house and do their homework on the homework machine. Then this kid named the D Squad got split up into different groups and Brenton got put tog ...more
Osahon O
That final bell rings at the end of the day and you’re planning on going home and taking a long nap. The last item on your agenda is probably going home and doing your homework, right? Well, for Brenton, homework is the simplest thing in the world. I know what you’re thinking; Brenton must be the weirdest child alive. Fifth grade genius, Brenton Damagatchi has succeeded in building a machine that does all of his homework for him! That’s right; he is living the dream that every child wishes they ...more
Jane
One of my nine year old sons loves Dan Gutman's Weird School Daze series and is often reluctant to try harder books more appropriate to his reading level and age. I was pleased to find that Gutman has written a number of books in addition to WSD.

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;
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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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