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The Homework Machine

(The Homework Machine #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,335 ratings  ·  544 reviews

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,

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Alice Cai
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-5-star

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
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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?
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like the format of the book its something that I personally I have never read before
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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This has 4 main character Sam Kelsy Judy and Brenton. Brenton is super smart. He creates a homework machine to do his homwwork for him. Sam says he does not belive that it will work. So Sam Kelsy and Judy come over after school that day too see if its real. It worked!!! It had his handwriting and all the anwsers were correct on his piece of paper. So Sam, Kelsy and Judy decided they want to do it as well. But Brentons mom does not know what is happening because Brenton never has anybody over. ...more
Cam Vincent
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book because to me I felt like there wasn't much of a plot to the story and it doesn't make any since at all.So in the third grade me and my friend Alex read the homework machine because we thought it would be good and the story had no dialogue no plot and no conclusion so after we read and rated it re rate it with 2 stars. I wouldn't recommend this book to you.

Katy Noyes
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Multi-narrator school story that had my son and I discussing the ethics.

4.5 stars.

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
Christine (KizzieReads)
I read this to my son and he loved it. Dan Gutman is one of his favourite authors. The only thing I did not like in this book was the fact that a girl in grade 5 getting her bellybutton pierced. It works out in the end, but that was just not right. There is a reason there is an age requirement for that type of piercing and this is too young. Other than that, my son thought it was a great book and that's what matters to me.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much.... Finally got it again and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first (and second, and third...) time. Such a cute read for teens.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was great. The ending is hilarious. You should read it!
Vian Selvanathan
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about 4 kids named Brenton, Sam, Judy, and Kelsey. Brenton builds a homework machine and soon the other 3 kids find out about it. Brenton and Judy are really smart and they do not need the machine. Sam and Kelsey on the other hand really need the machine. The 4 kids become better friends and try to keep their homework machine from everyone else.

This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Joey Oborne
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, This book was about this boy named Brenton and his friends and Brenton made a machine that will do homework so all of his friends come over and use it but then they get in trouble because people found it out and now they can not use it.
Adam Nielson
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Homework Machine is a book that I enjoyed very much.

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”)
Elizabeth (NC)
This is good book that would pair well with Andrew Clement's The Report Card for fourth or fifth graders.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was about these kids that had a same last name so they name them the "D squad".There was a kid in the D squad that invented a homework machine and it was Brenton.He didn't like doing homework nor did the other members of the D squad so they invented a homework machine.After a while the teachers found out that they invented a homework machine and it was on the school newspaper.They went to the principal's office and talked for a bit.They didn't get in trouble.A few days later they threw ...more
Reggie Overton
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Steph Su
I thought this was book was just okay, in that it dragged on for me by the middle and all the way through to the end. But we had some pretty good discussions on this book for my EL410 class. Of course the kids were all wondering about how, exactly, Brenton created such a machine, but there was also lots of discussion about the 4 students' similarities, differences, and growth over the course of the book, and there was even some discussion about chess vs. war! So this was one of those cases where ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman is about four 5th graders with one thing in common; a big secret.Brenton is a genius and has invented, programed and used a homework machine. When he spills the beans to the other kids at his table, he doesn't know what he has gotten himself into. With the police,parents, and a stalker involved, this could end up much more than a great idea.

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
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about one group of kid;which there was two kids that was genius_Brenton and Judy.But there were two more kids in the group ( Other are fine or bad) .
that is not that smart.How would they get from the problem?


(I read it while I read other book to look do it connect)
Sep 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Has Dan Gutman ever been to Arizona? Does he know anyone in the US Air Force? Has he been to the Grand Canyon?
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.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book with my fifth-grader, and he loved it!
Jake Funaki
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has a lot of mysteries and a huge twist. There is a depressing part when the main character's father dies. It has a lot of jokes and teaches you a lesson.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A cute story...but the formatting was too choppy.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not like it at all but I read it along time but just gave up
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: elem, middle-school
Told as interviews with key players, the story of four kids using a homework machine during their fifth-grade year is revealed.
McKenzie McMullen
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

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
Ping Jun
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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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