The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)
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...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
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
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
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
This is a uni...more
There is the genius/dork/Asian boy/ Brendan
There is the A student/black girl/Judy
There is the slacker boy Sam
There is the white trash girl Kelsey
All have an intimate relationship with homework.
Dork is above it.
Judy has aced it.
Sam thinks it's beneath him.
Kelsey is no good at it.
Brandon cues in his teammates to his invention, and soon no one needs to spend time getting A's. However, they do develop re...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
I especially liked that each of the kids had a unique personality and voice. Most readers will fin...more
I have enjoyed several of Dan Gutman's books, and the premise of "The Homework Machine" appealed to me as a writer for children. I found the book had several flaws:
The multiple Points of View quickly became tiresome, especially near the end when the POVs changes come fast and furious.
Character motivations were inadequate.
The Milner subplot was poorly conceived and totally unbelievable.
The ending was unrealistic and unsatisfying.
The book was overly moralistic -- Brenton actually comes up...more
Like a lot of YA authors Gutman is ob...more
All of the characters start off as stereotypes, but they soon develop nicely. I really liked the structur...more
We have to do a creative report on this book, and nothing seems to interest Molly enough, so I am discouraged about that.
This is a modern day book, maybe a little too grownup (with the computer usage and boyfriend/girlf...more