The Homework Machine
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,...more
This book was pretty weird and funny and the story shifts perspectives between a few different characters including the 4 main ones who use the homework machine. They insert the homework into a scanner and then a printer prints out their completed homework (in their own handwriting). There's some weird stuff with a stalker and the machine near the ending. The story isn't so much about the hw machine as it's about the effect the machine has of the characters lives.
The 4 main characters are ...more
I thought it was a really awesome book and I would recommend to people who hate homework.
I also thought that this book was really different because of the format it isn't verse but it isn't just regular either its more of an interview in a book telling the story
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 ...more
My 8 year old's first real experience of more than one narrator in a book. And we listened to this, though in some ways it was easier this way, with different actors portraying characters and easily separating them.
It's a great story, with SO much for discussion. At a school near the Grand Canyon, a genius-level student invents a machine that can do his homework, and shares this with the other three kids he sits ...more
This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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”) ...more
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 ...more
that is not that smart.How would they get from the problem?
THE HOMEWORK MACHINE!
(I read it while I read other book to look do it connect)
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.
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman was an interesting book that I could imagine actually happening in the future. I enjoyed reading this book and I liked that Gutman put it in different views of people so not just one character is telling the story behind the machine. He explains how they’re getting interrogated and each person who knows them and the kids themselves explain how whole homework scheme goes down.
The book to me didn’t feel like it was trying to ...more
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