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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  196 reviews
When Max—Maxine Zealster—befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of Vanguard One Middle School’s new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school—the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly. Little do they know that surviving sixth grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguar ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Harry N. Abrams
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Miss Kelly
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I love Tom Angleberger's dislike of the standardization of school systems.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow! If you enjoyed the humor and school setting of Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series, then you must read his new book with coauthor Paul Dellinger. Max (short for Maxine, but she just likes Max and that's all) is a student at Vanguard Middle School. The school has been selected to pilot a Robot Integration Program, having an actual robot as a student. When she is chosen to act as a native guide for the robotic student, Fuzzy, Max is thrilled. But not everyone is happy about this develop ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Maxine is having trouble in school with the robotic assistant principal Barbara making sure that everyone is Upgrading, but things get even more complicated with the advent of a robot prototype named Fuzzy. The government is trying to get a robot to create its own code based on its experiences instead of relying on programming, and feel that a middle school is good place to do that. Max is assigned to help Max, and ends up getting a lot of dTags (demerits) because she is
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
FUZZY is a very interesting twist on the classic sci-fi plot of sentient robots.

It takes place in a near-future where almost everything is automated and in care of robots. Max Zelaster is a middle school student who attends a school that's completely automated under an operating program named Barbara. The program was implemented to make sure students perform better at school and it's beginning to have a mind of its own when it comes to how to accomplish that. Into all this comes the Robot Integ
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This cute middle grade story is set in a futuristic society wherein public schools are...almost exactly the same as they are now, and live-action Transformers movies are (most regrettably) a somewhat recent memory. RIP, the Robot Integration Program, is underway, as highly advanced computers have been inserted into most aspects of people's lives. The main character, Max, is particularly interested in robots, and is ecstatic to learn that a robot will be attending her school. Even better, Max is ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Great sci-fi for Battle of the Books
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Probably next Girl Scout book club book.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was a really cute story.

also it's still weird to be attached to an AI? not the first time, so it probably won't be the last.

it's definitely centered around middle-grade as it had a few different things happening but the main focus was on the young characters and the school problems, not on the political space issues that were going on. (i vote for an adult novel that still sort of focuses on fuzzy but centers around the space stuff.)

the main portion was wrapped up nicely, but other side-p
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Fuzzy is the latest offering from Tom Angleberger (author of the Origami Yoda series) and was cowritten by Paul Dellinger. It is a humorous school story that is full of intrigue, humor, and robots.

Fifty years in the future schools are controlled by a strict Federal School Board. The students take tests every week to prove that they are "upgrading" well enough. In one school Max (Maxine) is having a rough time. Her test scores are falling
Rebecca Petruck
A high-intensity thriller with AIs, government spooks, corporate espionage--and a lot of heart. As Fuzzy the robot learns about friendship, he teaches readers a lot, too. RP + F Forever
Memory Toast
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good sci-fi. About a robot with "fuzzy logic", i.e. the ability to think for itself, learn, and break rules, who is sent to a middle school to develop it's capabilities. The school has a vice principal, named Barbra, that's a computer connected to the school building, and is extremely testing centered. Friendships are formed, rules are broken, but for good reason, and the kids discover the adults may have missed some really important factors about Barbra. Ensuing mayhem and hijinks ar ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, own
My kids are fans of Tom Angleberger's other books, so it's no big surprise that this was also very popular in our house. They voted it "his best work so far" and "11 out of 10."

In addition to the fun story, I liked how the layout of the book helped reinforce the tech-theme: chapters that are numbered 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3, for example, marking changes in the story's setting. Some information is printed in the book as if copied-and-pasted from robotic source code, but is translated so that it's still
Dana Grimes
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Fuzzy is great science fiction-lite and is going to be an easy one to recommend. As soon as I finished it I handed it off to my son who is now also happily devouring this fun story from one of our favorite authors!
Kassandra (KassKho)
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book for young readers who want to get into scifi books! Lots of fun, smart humour and a robot you'll wish was your friend
Dylan Teut
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. So amazing. And the ending is so damn satisfying.
Carol Baldwin
This week's blog post comes courtesy of Recorded Books (who provided FUZZY) and Elizabeth Sims, contributing editor to Writer's Digest, whose article, "Stepping Up Your Sidekicks" in the February, 2017 issue, prompted the template for this review.

Tom Angleberger, best known as the author of the popular Origami Yoda series, co-wrote FUZZY, a clever middle grade book with Paul Dellinger. The premise is guaranteed to attract both boy and girl readers: What happens when an experiment to create a ro
Emmett Preto
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a robot student named Fuzzy who joins a public school filled with normal human kids. Fuzzy must learn how to interact with the other kids in the school, and thanks to the smart AI inside Fuzzy he can teach himself new things by experiencing them. For example: Learning to dodge kids when walking in the hallway so he doesn't bump into them. Fuzzy quickly befriends a girl named Max and she helps him with the first few weeks at school. This school is also very technically advanced ...more
Taylor Manrique
This book is about middle-school robot, Fuzzy, just trying to make it through the gruesome days in middle school. He teams up with another robot, Maxine, as a partner in crime and helpful guide to get through middle school. The two robots soon realize that their vice principal, commuter programming system, Barbara. The students realize that Barbara is going to try to take over their systems and make them into the "perfect students" who never break the rules. The students must band together and r ...more
Philip Williams
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bkkbookaward20
While technically scifi and futuristic, all kids will find plenty to relate to in this fun novel because the setting is quite realistic in many ways. Middle school student Maxine (or Max for short) befriends a test robot apply named "Fuzzy" - named because it uses fuzzy logic. There are many layers to this book and interesting points of discussion for classes. My favourite is the juxtaposition of binary or Boolean logic - represented (initially) by Barbara, the school's AI vice principal and the ...more
Amanda Harrison
Fuzzy was a fun romp of a science fiction novel that will easily appeal to middle schoolers. Containing so many of the middle school tropes--bad adults; well meaning, but trouble making kids; fast moving plot; ending scene of mass kid-generated chaos. This book even includes futuristic (ie made up) cussing. Clearly an all around winner. I would love to see this made into a movie. Bonus points for referencing other famous sci-fi.

A few minor complaints, minor characters seem formulaic and come and
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger, 263 pages. Amulet Books, 2016. $14.95.

Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G



Barbara is the computerized assistant principal at Max’s school. She’s programmed for perfection and wants nothing less than exemplary test scores and behavior. Fuzzy is an experimental robot that’s been sent to the school to improve its artificial intelligence by hanging out with kids. Soon Fuzzy figures out that Barbara is i
Diya Koul
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fuzzy put himself in danger just to save Max from getting expelled. His plan was to stop Barbra from telling Max's parents about their plan, that would tell them whether Barbra was changing their test scores. I can't believe that Dr.Jones and Nina programmed a robot that could think like a human and care for someone. Fuzzy went to Barbra's operating room and tried to re-programme her. He managed to stop Barbra from telling Max's parents but he couldn't stop Barbra from killing him. Dr. Jones and ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this because it's a Nutmeg Nominee for 2020. I liked the story- almost everything in this world is run by computers and/or AI. For adults, it's a little scary because it seems that this is the way the world is going, but kids will probably think this is cool. The school is basically run by a central computer, whose main goal is to have a high-achieving school, which means everyone needs to behave, do really well on standardized (computer administered) tests...everyone needs to tow the lin ...more
Margaret Boling
3/26/2019 ~ A suspense/thriller set in the near future when schools are run by computers, every aspect of children's lives at school is controlled by test scores, and corporate interests may outweigh educational interests. Noone whose read the later Origami Yoda books by Angleberger will be surprised by Angleberger's sarcastic and derogatory look at the testing culture and use of data that has permeated schools in this near-future setting. Teachers will be groaning, and I'm curious to hear kids' ...more
Mrs. Jocelyn Bystrom
Tom Angleberger author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series strikes again with a story which is sure to keep you up late reading (or under your desk) when the teacher isn't looking. Who knew RIP stood for Robot Integration Program. Can you image robots running your school? In a story with a "super secret purpose" (Angleberger,2016) will bring your curiosity to life, take your imagination to the limits and make you wonder about the ulterior motives by unexpected adults and robots.

You'll meet Ma
Fuzzy, the robot, is sent to Vanguard Middle School's Robot Integration Program, where Max is assigned to befriend him and show him around. Fuzzy is a new type of robot, one designed to program himself to adapt to different environments. As time goes on, the more and more human he seems, developing what seem to be emotions. Just when things are going well among the classmates, his future seems endangered by his inventors, who now want him for a secret mission, and some competitors who want to se ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Max (Maxine Zealster) has a new classmate in the sixth grade, a robot equipped with futuristic fuzzy logic capabilities, appropriately named Fuzzy. Fuzzy isn't the only computer program in Vanguard One Middle School. The school is ruled by strict, all seeing, all judging vise principal BARBARA. In a world so full of technology, what could go wrong?

Also... Why are Max's grades getting so low?
And why oh why does the government want Fuzzy tested in a school?

*Commentary on standardized testing in s
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Tom Angleberger artist-turned-writer. He is a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, and began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. He lives in Christianburg, Virginia. ...more

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