The Amazing Thinking Machineby Dennis Haseley, Kazuhiko Sano (Illustrator)
Patrick has a lot of questions about why everything seems so difficult during the Great Depression. For starters, why does his father have to leave for weeks at a time to look for work? And what is it about the tramps down by the train tracks that makes his mother so sad? One day Patrick's older brother, Roy, comes up with an amazing idea for a machine that will be able to answer any question-a machine that can actually think. While other kids try to stump it with trivia, Patrick asks the machine the questions closest to his heart. Who would guess that the answers would change his life?
Dennis Haseley's beautifully crafted novel is both funny and poignant as it traces the emotionally charged tale of a young boy coming into his own.
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