The Homework Machine

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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, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want ...

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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, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.

Before long, members of the D Squad, as they are called at school are getting strange Instant Messages from a shady guy named Milner; their teacher, Miss Rasmussen, is calling private meetings with each of them and giving them pop tests that they are failing; and someone has leaked the possibility of a homework machine to the school newspaper. Just when the D Squad thinks things can't get any more out of control, Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Soon the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!

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Only a miracle -- like a homework machine named Belch -- could unite this unlikely foursome: genius inventor Brenton, overachiever Judy, slacker Kelsey, and smart-aleck Sam. At first, only the machine connects them, but after enough sessions of "doing homework" together, they begin to value each other's differences and become friends. Ideal for middle-grade readers, this highly entertaining story unfolds in short, first-person interviews at the police station. (Yes, they do get caught.) Tucked in between the laughs are excellent messages about tolerance, honesty, and the importance of what the students' teacher calls the "homework machine [that] already exists. It's called your brain." (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Children's Literature
Humorous writer Don Gutman's newest has an odd cast of characters thrown together by a curious invention. Boy genius Renton Dagamgatochi invents a homework machine then also builds an unlikely friendship with three classmates. There is a girl with a type-A personality, another who is an uninvolved student, and a cool guy. Each has a reason to want the relief a homework machine brings; all have their own set of complexities. Short chapters of alternating voices tell the story, which is funny in some places, but is not without intense and sometimes sad moments. This is another engaging book by Dan Gutman. 2006, Simon and Schuster, Ages 7 to 10.
—Susie Wilde
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 them use it. At first, they are delighted with their freedom, but things quickly get out of hand. Their teacher is suspicious of the suddenly errorless work, and other friends resent the time that they spend together. The dynamics within the group are stressful as well. Judy, a talented student, feels guilty about cheating, but is pressured to excel. Kelsey is concerned that her friends will shun her for associating with "nerds," but her improved grades earn privileges at home. Wisecracking Sam makes fun of Brenton but needs his help in playing chess by mail with his dad, who is serving in Iraq. The children gradually begin to bond, especially after Sam's father is killed in combat. Eventually, their secret causes conflict with the law. The story is told entirely through short excerpts from police interviews. This device shows the developing relationships through the kids' own observations. There are touches of humor in the way the four classmates talk about themselves and one another. Ominous hints about the legal trouble maintain tension throughout the story, but its exact nature isn't revealed until near the end. A dramatic and thought-provoking story with a strong message about honesty and friendship.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When fifth-graders Judy, Sam and Kelsey discover their classmate Brenton Damagatchi's homework machine, they think they are on to a good thing and begin to visit him regularly after school. Alphabetically seated at the same table, the brilliant Asian-American computer geek, hardworking, high-achieving African-American girl, troubled army brat and ditzy girl with pink hair would seem to have nothing in common. (They would also seem to be stereotypes, but young readers won't mind.) But they share an aversion to the time-consuming grind of after-school work. Their use of the machine doesn't lead to learning-as a surprise spring quiz demonstrates-but it does lead to new friendships and new interests. The events of their year are told chronologically in individual depositions to the police. In spite of the numerous voices, the story is easy to follow, and the change in Sam, especially, is clear, as he discovers talents beyond coolness thanks to a new interest in chess. Middle-grade readers may find one part of this story upsettingly realistic and the clearly stated moral not what they had hoped to hear, but the generally humorous approach will make the lesson go down easily. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689876790
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 50,559
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid, then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

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The Homework Machine


By Dan Gutman

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Copyright © 2006 Dan Gutman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0689876785

Introduction

Police Chief Rebecca Fish, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Seen a lot of strange stuff go down in ten years working here. Probably has something to do with being so close to the canyon. Having a mile-deep hole in your backyard brings out the weirdness in folks.

I remember the time that gambler from L.A. lost a bet in Las Vegas, and his friends drove him up here. Forced him to parachute into the canyon. Guy almost died. You get all kinds in this part of the country. The canyon attracts 'em like flies to dog doo. But this recent situation involving the children was one of the stranger cases I ever ran into.

We called in everybody who had anything to do with what happened and taped their private testimony for the record. Far as I'm concerned, this case is closed and shut. Let's hope these four kids learned their lesson. This'll never happen again, that's for darn sure.

Copyright 2006 by Dan Gutman

Chapter One

September

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

The police lady says me and Brenton and Judy and Kelsey have to each come in separately and talk about what happened.

Okay, so here goes. Is this thing on? My name is Sam Dawkins, but everybody calls me Snikwad onaccount of that's my last name spelled backward. Dawkins. Snikwad. Get it? Most kids call me "Snik." It's kinda cool. Beats having a nickname like Booger Face or Fart Boy or something stupid like that.

I was new to the school. I didn't know anything. And I didn't get kicked out of my old school because I refused to get a haircut. That's a lie. I don't know how that rumor got started. I don't care if you believe me. That's the truth. Anyway, my parents moved here from Oregon. My dad was in the air force and that's why we moved to Arizona. He was assigned to Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.

The bottom line is, we messed up. Stuff happens. We're not perfect. We all feel bad. We won't do it again. What are you gonna do, throw us in jail? That's my statement.

What, you need more than that? Details? Okay, okay. What do you want to know?

Kelsey Donnelly, grade 5

My name is Kelsey Donnelly. I really don't see the reason why we gotta do this. The police lady told me that I have to make a "statement" in private and tell the whole story of what happened from the very beginning in September. Like I'm a creep or something! I barely remember what happened last week. Forget about way back in September.

Look, we're sorry about what happened. We were just having a little fun and it got out of hand. It's not like we robbed a bank or anything. That's my statement. I can't believe I have to spend my summer in this room with a tape recorder when I could be out having fun. Can I go now?

Judy Douglas, grade 5

My name is Judy Douglas. My mom works at home and my dad works for the National Park Service. He cuts down dead trees and does controlled burns to prevent forest fires.

The whole thing started because certain people who shall remain nameless did some thoughtless things that I don't need to discuss here.

This is so unfair. I have almost straight A's and I'm in the G&T program. That's gifted and talented. I would never break the law or do anything dishonest. Things just got out of control. The next thing we knew, we had to go talk to the police.

Do you have any idea of how humiliating this entire ordeal has been for me? Do you know how upset my parents were when they found out? And now this is going to be on my permanent record, probably for the rest of my life. If this keeps me out of law school someday, I will be so angry.

I'll sue. That's what I'll do. Well, if I get into law school I'll sue. But if I get into law school I won't need to sue. Oh, I just wish I could go to sleep and wake up and find out it was all a dream. Like it never happened.

Judy's mom

My first reaction was that it was discrimination. We are one of the few African-American families living in this area. When something bad happens to Judy, I can't help but wonder if it is bigotry at work. But I looked into it, and that wasn't the case. She and the others just did a dumb thing and they got caught. It's as simple as that. And now they're going to have to pay for it.

Brenton Damagatchi, grade 5

It's interesting how things happen sometimes. If I line up ten dominoes and I push over the first one, the others will fall one by one. But if I leave the first one alone, the other dominoes remain standing.

Life is like that. The way your life plays out depends on which dominoes you choose to push over and which ones you leave alone. In this case, we pushed over the wrong domino. Can I get a drink of water or something?

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

I was so excited, walking into my very own classroom for the first time in September. I had been a student teacher in Ohio, and I was hoping to get a job somewhere in the west, preferably near a national park. I've always been a nature lover, and I wanted to share this with young people. When I got an offer to teach fifth grade at the Grand Canyon School, well, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

The Grand Canyon! I had never even been here before. Just think! Over the course of four billion years, the Colorado River slowly sliced this gash into the Earth. I spent hours exploring it when I moved here, and took lots of pictures of the layers of rock. The Grand Canyon is like a sculpture, created by nature. I was in awe.

Judy Douglas, grade 5

When I walked into Miss Rasmussen's class on the first day of school, the first thing that struck me was that she was so young! I mean, she looked like she could have been one of the students. I liked that, because I figured she would be really enthusiastic about everything. Some of the older teachers who have been teaching all their lives don't get too excited about anything anymore.

On the other hand, I was afraid Miss Rasmussen might not be experienced enough to handle some of the boys, who can be a problem sometimes.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

So I walk into Miss Rasmussen's class on the first day of school in September and I'm the new kid, so I'm a little nervous and I don't want everybody looking at me, but they're all looking at me anyway because, well, I'm the new kid and everybody wants to check out the new kid.

I scope out the scene and it's obvious who the cool kids are, who the dumb kids are, who the smart kids are, and who the dorks are. I could tell in a minute. The class had the usual number of clueless dweebs, pre-jock idiots, losers, brownnosers, and bullies, just like my old school.

But the one kid who stood out was Brenton. You just knew the first time you set eyes on him that there was something different about this kid.

Judy Douglas, grade 5

Brenton would dress funny, with these stiff long pants no matter how hot it was. He always wore a button-down shirt and sometimes he would even wear a tie to school. Can you imagine? I guess his mom made him dress that way. I hope so, anyway. I can't imagine a boy wearing a tie to school on his own. He was actually pretty good-looking, but he combed his hair in a really weird way. Like he parted it on the wrong side or something.

Once I suggested to him that he would look better if he combed his hair the other way. He just looked at me like I was crazy. Like it hadn't even occurred to him that you could change your personal appearance to look better. Or that it would matter. He probably had so many more important things on his mind that he couldn't be bothered with something as trivial as combing his hair.

Some of the other kids would make fun of him behind his back. Sometimes in front of his back. He didn't have any friends. Nobody seemed to know what to make of him.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

Brenton just came out and said the weirdest stuff. Like one time he comes up to me and asks me if I know what they made glass out of. I say no and he says they make glass out of sand. I say that's interesting, even though I really don't think it's all that interesting. Then he gets that look in his eyes and he says they take sand and make it into glass. He says he figures that if they can turn sand into glass, just about anything is possible. I'm telling you, the guy is different.

Kelsey Donnelly, grade 5

Brenton was a genius when it came to school and stuff, but he was real stupid when it came to other stuff. I remember one time this reality TV show was hot and everybody was talking about it. I mean everybody. And we were all at recess talking about it and Brenton comes out and says something like, "I never heard of that show." We all just looked at him. It was like not knowing the sun was in the sky. And they say I'm dumb!

That's just the way Brenton is. He doesn't know or care about the stuff that normal people care about. We all thought he was a dork. Well, probably Judy didn't, 'cause she's a genius too.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

Most kids at least try to act cool in some way. You know, like they'll get T-shirts with cool logos on them or they'll get a cool bike or listen to cool music. They may not be cool themselves, but they make themselves cool by having cool stuff or hanging around with cool people. But Brenton, he didn't even make the effort.

Brenton Damagatchi, grade 5

What does "cool" mean, anyway? Did you know that Abraham Lincoln once said "That is cool"? It's true. I looked it up. He said it in his famous Cooper Union speech. Google it if you don't believe me.

I feel that a person can change himself or herself no more than a giraffe can decide it doesn't like having a long neck. It would be easy enough to buy the latest clothes and watch the hot new TV shows and surround myself with cool things. But that wouldn't make me cool. Nothing will ever make me cool. Some people are simply destined not to be cool. And I'm cool with that.

If everybody was cool, everybody would be the same. Nobody would be cooler than anyone else. There would be nobody to make fun of. So I suppose I serve a purpose, in a weird way.

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

Our claim to fame at the Grand Canyon School is that we are the closest school to the Grand Canyon. We're about a half a mile from the South Rim. If you've ever been to the canyon, our school is south of El Tovar and near Bright Angel. We go all the way from kindergarten to twelfth grade, and I believe we have the only high school that is in a national park.

By September, most of the tourists have gone back to work and school. It gets pretty quiet around here. But it's nice in a way, because we have the canyon to ourselves. We've got a lot of great teachers, nice parents, and good kids here. But sometimes, I guess, good kids do bad things.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

Somebody told me that the human brain isn't fully formed until we're about twenty years old. That's why kids do dumb things sometimes. And that's why we're not allowed to vote and drink and stuff. So can you really blame us for the dumb thing we did? I don't think so. Our brains aren't fully formed yet.

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

Some teachers like to have the desks arranged in perfect columns and rows. In graduate school, one of my professors told me that the children learn better when they work in small groups. I divided the class into six groups of four kids, and we pushed the desks together in those groups.

I had no big plan to put Brenton, Kelsey, Judy, and Sam together. I did it alphabetically. All their last names started with D. We called them the D Squad.

Every child is unique, of course. It's necessary to treat them as individuals. Just like me, Sam was new to this area, and he had some initial problems adjusting to the curriculum and the other students. Judy seemed very studious from the start, and I could tell that it was very important for her to be a high achiever. Kelsey was the opposite. She didn't appear to like school very much. And Brenton, well, Brenton was...different.

Brenton Damagatchi, grade 5

It makes no difference to me where I sit. I'll get the same information whether I'm sitting on one side of the room or the other. I don't ordinarily strike up friendships with my classmates. Snik, Judy, and Kelsey pretty much ignored me, and I ignored them. At least in September. It was fine.

Brenton's mom

He was always different, from the moment he was born. I don't think he ever cried when he was a baby. Not even once. When he was

hungry, he would just look at me with this look that said, "If I could speak, I would be saying I need a bottle."

He spoke very early. He had no interest in watching television or playing with other children. Instead, he would play chess against himself. He taught himself how to play the piano as soon as he was big enough to climb up on the bench. When he was just six, he wrote a concerto. Really! And that's what he called it, too. "My concerto." I don't know where he got the word "concerto." I still don't know what it means. He was very special.

Brenton Damagatchi, grade 5

I was thinking of starting a club for kids like me, who don't particularly enjoy the company of other people. We could call it The Antisocial Club. We could hold meetings and talk about the best ways to avoid other people. But then I decided that the best way to avoid other people would be to not start the club.

Kelsey Donnelly, grade 5

The good thing about sitting at Brenton's table was that you could copy answers off him. He knew everything, and he didn't care if you peeked at his papers. That's the only reason I got a B in math for the first marking period. I copied off Brenton.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

What did I think of the other kids at my table when I first met them? Let me think. First impressions? Judy: stuck-up. Kelsey: a loser. Brenton: mutant dork from another planet. I was the only cool one.

Judy Douglas, grade 5

Oh, I didn't like Snik at all in the beginning. He had really long hair, which I personally think looks terrible on a boy. And he had this very smart-alecky "I hate the world" attitude. It's typical of boys with low self-esteem, I understand. He struck me as, and I hate to say this, but he struck me as stupid.

Kelsey, well, she just didn't seem to care about anything, and I found it very hard to relate to her because I care so much about everything. She and Snik were not the kind of people I would ever hang around with.

Brenton...What can I say about him? I was in awe of him. I've been in Brenton's class ever since first grade, and he was always smarter than me. I try so hard all the time and he never seemed like he was trying at all. I was in awe of his natural intelligence. I had never met anyone who was smarter than me. I almost felt like nobody should be allowed to be that brilliant. I never made fun of Brenton the way other kids did.

Ronnie Teotwawki, grade 5

My name is Ronnie Teotwawki. I sat on the other side of the room, near the cloakroom. Why do I have to be here? I didn't have anything to do with it.

I never wanted to sit with any of those D Squad losers. Snikwad is a jerk. Everybody knows he got thrown out of his last school. Personally, I loved it when the four of them got in trouble. It took the attention off me.

Kelsey Donnelly, grade 5

I guess it all started because of homework. Homework sucks, but I do it. It would suck even worse to fail and have to repeat a grade because I didn't do my homework.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

I've always been antihomework, and I'll tell you why. We work at school all day long. Then, finally, three o'clock comes and we can go home. And what do we have to do at home? More schoolwork! It's not fair. When I get home from school, my brain needs a rest. I want to hang out and watch some TV or play video games. Homework is like punishment you get just for being a kid.

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

I came across a worksheet titled "The Ten Commandments of Homework." I made a copy for everyone in the class. For their first homework assignment of the year, I asked everyone to write his or her feelings about it.

The Ten Commandments of Homework

1. Homework is an essential part of learning.

2. Not doing your homework because you do not believe in homework is self-defeating behavior.

3. Keep track of your daily assignments.

4. The more you review information, the easier it is to remember and the longer you are able to retain it. Even though you may not have written work to do, you can always review or reread assignments.

5. It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed when you are absent. Take the initiative to ask a classmate or teacher what you need to make up.

6. Have a place to study that works for you, one that is free from distractions. Be honest with yourself about how well you study when the TV or stereo is playing.

7. Make sure you have everything you need before you begin to work.

8. Develop a schedule you can follow.

9. Be rested when you study. It is okay to study in short blocks of time. Marathon study sessions may be self-defeating. Study for 30 to 40 minutes at a time, then take a 5- to 10-minute break. Estimate the amount of time it will take to do an assignment and plan your break time accordingly.

10. Prioritize your homework so that you begin with the most important assignment first. For instance, study for a test and then do the daily assignment.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

Miss R. gave us this dumb assignment to write about those Ten Commandments of Homework. This is what I turned in:

Snikwad's Ten Commandments of Homework

1. We live in a democracy, where we have freedom, right? We're entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So how can I pursue happiness if I have to spend every night doing homework? Homework is cruel, totalitarian punishment created by grown-ups to take away the freedoms of poor, defenseless children.

2. Nobody ever saved a life, won a war, stopped a crime, or cured a disease while they were doing homework. Think of all the good things we could be accomplishing if we didn't have to spend so much time doing homework.

3. Doing homework causes eyestrain, fatigue, insomnia, and other physical ailments.

4. Thomas Edison went to school for four months. He never did any homework, and look how he turned out.

5. There's a name for working without getting paid. It's called slavery, and it was banned during the Civil War. If kids are forced to do homework, they should be paid for it.

6. Homework is proof of teacher incompetence. If a teacher is any good, students would learn the stuff in school and wouldn't have to learn it again at home.

7. Doing homework wastes valuable natural resources. We have to use lots of energy to keep all those lightbulbs burning. We have to cut down trees to make paper and pencils. We'd save a lot of energy by banning homework.

8. I keep hearing that American kids are way too fat, and that's because we don't get enough exercise. For every minute kids are doing homework, we are getting fatter. Kids should be outside running around and getting exercise, not inside doing worksheets.

9. Virtually every known murderer, bank robber, and criminal did homework when they were children. How can we be sure the homework didn't cause the criminal behavior?

10. Homework sucks. There should be a constitutional amendment banning it.

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

I didn't like what Sam wrote, but I gave him a B for using his creativity.

Sam's mom

We've had to move around a lot, and Sam never got to stay in one school very long. My husband was stationed in Oregon and we liked living there. But Sam was going through a difficult phase and he got suspended from school last year. We thought it would be a good idea to move and get a fresh start somewhere else. There's an air force base near Phoenix. My husband requested a transfer, and that's what brought us here. That was before the war broke out, of course.

Back in Oregon, Sam simply refused to get a haircut, and he refused to do his homework. We couldn't do anything to help him. What are you supposed to do, strap your child to a chair and whip him? Kids reach an age when they naturally become defiant.

So we made a deal with Sam. He didn't have to get a haircut if he would do his homework. We figured that homework was more important than hair. When it comes to raising kids, you have to choose your battles. His hair looked horrible, but at least he was doing his homework.

Judy Douglas, grade 5

Okay, I admit it. I like homework. Kids make fun of me and all, but I think it's necessary and a part of our education. Homework reinforces what we learn in school each day. My friends and I used to go over each other's houses and do our homework together. It was fun. It was a social thing. I always thought Snik made a big deal out of nothing. It's just homework.

Miss Rasmussen, fifth-grade teacher

Compared to other teachers, I don't even

really assign that much homework. I give the

students about forty-five minutes a night. That's it. It was a lot different when I was a child. I remember spending hours every night doing homework. I practically lived in the library. I never complained. Back in those days, if you didn't do your homework or you misbehaved, you might get a yardstick rapped against your knuckles. Today, of course, we don't do that. Then again, I'd say the kids aren't as motivated these days, either.

We study a lot about Arizona history and geography of the western United States in fifth grade, so we devote a lot of time to that. We also cover the solar system. Explorers. Things like that. I thought the kids would like it. The homework isn't hard.

Sam Dawkins, grade 5

So one day back in September, Miss Rasmussen passes out our homework assignment just as the bell rings. I'm in a bad mood because it's been a long day and I just don't feel like going home to do more schoolwork. You know what I mean. And I look over at Brenton. He sticks the homework assignment in his backpack like it doesn't bother him at all. You could give him ten hours of homework and he'd be perfectly happy. The kid is like a human computer.

So I start in on him, saying he probably spends all his free time doing homework. And he says something in that voice of his like, "Well, no, actually I don't spend any time at all doing homework."

Say what? I ask him if he's got a brother or sister who does his homework for him. That would be a sweet deal, right? He says no. He says he invented a machine that does his homework for him. I said, "Get outta town!"

That's the first I heard of the homework machine.

Brenton Damagatchi, grade 5

It was a mistake on my part. I allowed my emotions to govern my behavior. But I have never understood why average and under-average students feel a necessity to poke fun at those of us who work hard and do well in school. If anything, it should be the other way around. I suppose I didn't appreciate Snik making fun of me. But it was a fatal blunder on my part to have told him about the homework machine. I accept full responsibility.

Copyright 2006 by Dan Gutman



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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

    I Thought the homeworkk machine was a very interesting and funny story. I was surprises at the end when just by one guy sending an email he made the whole country were mitch match sox. And when they went on a date only in 5th Grade. It was cool to see the machine fill out there homework and it came out in its own handwriting. I strongly reccomend this to kids and adults.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Funny and NonStop Reading MATERIAL!!!!

    This book is a great story. Each character, has a section to explain there side of the story and what happened(thoughts, opinions, etc.)with there homework machine dilema. To find out what happened to the four friends, you'll have to read the WHOLE book!! but don't worry its not a long read and it goes by quick bcuz it is very good and funny.
    :) 8) PEACE!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    LOVE IT!!!!!

    I read the book a while ago and it was very good. The police officer is interrogating them about the homework machine. Unlike any book you have ever seen

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Entertaining

    I think that this is one of the best book that I have read in this age!<BR/>It has action,entertaining,and hilarious to me that is why I gave this <BR/>book 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    The Homework Machine

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Love it!

    This book is great! My favorite character is Brenton

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

    The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman is a science fiction novel by Dan Gutman. In the novel four unlikely kids create a tremendous bond of friendship. One of the kids a loner named Brenton Damichi , age 10 , creates a supercomputer. Once Snikwad, a cool new kid, kelsey, a wierdo, and Judy, a snob find out they want in. They go over his house everyday as total opposite, who start to get along as the story grows. But theres a wierd person named milner who is trying to find out about the homework machine stalks them. And if that isn't bad enough the homework machine gets a mind of it's own and goes crazy. This book has a cool setting right on the Gran Canyon. This book has funny kids. This is a good sit down and relax book.Some parts in this book are a little strange. The beggining is kind of dull. The kids are a little wierd at the beggining. Te author has a funny writing style. He has about 9 people switching off and telling the story. Irecommened this book because it is funny, creative, and very real. Some other novel by this author are The Baseball Card adventures or Getting Air.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    Funny

    this book was great! it was so funny! i like how the characters sre liking each other and how one of them gets a belly butten ring! a must read for all kids

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Homework Helper

    Tell me the book and I'll be there!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    LOVE IT!

    Very funny and also the science thing helped me answer my homework.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2009

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    This book, is stinkin' hillarious

    I read this book in one day, but it was not a bad thing. It is a quick read but it is still good. Read this book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Csa Hi

    Hi

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Book

    Good ideas

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Lov ekt

    My teacher read thisan di absolutely love it !hey, any gymnasts out there?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Have read the book

    I read the book The Homework Machine I read it as a book club book I read it with people taking turns reading parts I thought it was a great book I LOVE DAN GUTMANS books there great books I have not read Return of The Homework Machine I started to read it but then I never got a chance to finsh it but I bet it is a great book because all DAN GUTMANS books are great if u haven't read The Homework Machine or any other books DAN GUTMANS books u got to read them if its on the NOOK a real book KINDLE, or anything else u got tell DAN GUTMAN fan I the Homework Machine or I loved liked sort of liked hated witch ever one u would say or this is the other one what I said up there DAN GUTMANS book and what name of the book u read and what u read it on and I will check it out. Thank u very much

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    The format

    The format was very confusing

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    LOVE IT

    Parents should get this book for their kids. I hate homework. I wish i had a homework machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Sams father

    I am crying just writing this about sams dad it is a good book otherwise :'''(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    I had this bppk at home

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Awesome book

    I love this book the second book is ok

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