From the minds of Tom Angleberger, the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Origami Yoda series, and Paul Dellinger, an adult science-fiction writer, comes a funny middle school story with a memorable robot title character. Reluctant readers and robot lovers in elementary and middle school will enjoy this fast-paced read that shows just how strange a place middle school can be, particularly when the new student is a state-of-the-art robot. When Max—Maxine Zelaster—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 seventh grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguard has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA that might be taking its mission to shape the perfect student to extremes! With a strong female main character who will appeal to all readers, Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger’s new novel offers readers a fresh take on robots. Fuzzy will find its place in the emerging category of bestselling books featuring robots, including Jon Scieszka’ s Frank Einstein series and James Patterson’s House of Robots. Be sure to check out all of Tom Angleberger’s other acclaimed books for middle-grade readers, including Poop Fountain!; The Rat with the Human Face; Horton Halfpott; Fake Mustache; and the bestselling Origami Yoda series: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus,Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, and Jabba the Puppet. For younger readers Tom wrote the picture book McToad Mows Tiny Island, illustrated by John Hendrix, and for chapter book readers, Tom wrote the Inspector Flytrap series, illustrated by his wife Cece Bell.
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series, as well as Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache, both Edgar Award nominees, the Qwikpick Papers series, and the Inspector Flytrap series. He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author/illustrator Cece Bell. www.origamiyoda.com.Paul Dellinger is a former newspaper reporter who writes science fiction and fantasy stories, many of which are collected in the book Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maxine Zelaster loves robots, so when a highly sophisticated robot named Fuzzy arrives at her school, it's natural for her to be extremely excited. Fuzzy is part of the Robot Integration program, and he is designed to use "fuzzy logic", hence his name. As the seventh grade drags on, Max and Fuzzy become fast friends, or at least, as close as you can get with a machine. However, soon they find out some rather terrifying things about their Vice Principal Barbara, who is also a robot. How far is Fuzzy willing to go for Max? And when Max finds out what the military truly has in store for Fuzzy, can she save him in time? I did not like this book at all, and I think this was due to the fact that I had read much better books on this topic. I felt that this was meant for younger children, and even though the main characters are in seventh grade, a seventh grader would be bored out of their mind before even the halfway point. I took a longer time to read this book because I simply wasn't interested in it. I would recommend it to the 7-9 age group, because they're the right age to still be fascinated with robots, but they don't want to read a picture book. I really had high hopes for this book, because it is written by Tom Angleberger, who has written many prestigious books, but I was disappointed by the result. Maybe you might see something in this book that I have been blind to, but I highly doubt it. This book was a big waste of time. Salonee V, age 11, Metropolitan Washington Mensa