The Homework Machine

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Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They 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, things start to get out of control, and Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Now the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!

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About the book, about 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 website at DanGutman.com.

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2007)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689876790
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ R These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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  • Age 12 and Up
  • Children's Fiction > Social Themes > Adolescence & Coming of Age
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  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee (MN)
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award Nominee (WY)
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Nutmeg Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • Colorado Children's Book Award Master List
  • Child Magazine's Guide to Top Books, Videos and Software of the Year
  • Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
  • Volunteer State Book Award Nominee (TN)
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award List
  • Prairie Pasque Award Nominee (SD)
  • Land of Enchantment RoadRunner Award Nominee (NM)
  • Nene Award Nominee (HI)
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THE HOMEWORK MACHINE

by Dan Gutman ‧ RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2006

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)

Pub Date: March 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-689-87678-5

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2006

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The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Naturally, he’s tardy, and that’s but the first in a long string of offenses—“Sit down, David! Keep your hands to yourself! PAY ATTENTION!”—that culminates in an afterschool stint. Children will, of course, recognize every line of the text and every one of David’s moves, and although he doesn’t exhibit the larger- than-life quality that made him a tall-tale anti-hero in his first appearance, his round-headed, gap-toothed enthusiasm is still endearing. For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it’ll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)

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The Homework Machine

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The Homework Machine , written by acclaimed American author Dan Gutman was first published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and is the first of a two-book series. The second book, The Return of the Homework Machine , was published in 2011. Gutman is primarily a children’s fiction writer who has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including 18 for The Homework Machine alone. Gutman is best known for his humorous series, My Weird School , in which there are more than 70 books. He lives in New York City with his family.

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The four main characters are fifth-grade students who are grouped at the same classroom table because their last names start with D: Sam Dawkins (Snik), Kelsey Donnelly , Judy Douglas , and Brenton Damagatchi . Other than sharing the same last initial, the students have nothing in common. Snik is the cool class smart aleck; Kelsey is laid back and doesn’t care about school; Judy is conscientious and in the gifted program; and Brenton is a loner and genius who designs software and studies psychology in his spare time. Snik pushes people’s buttons, and one day he pushes Brenton too far—implying that Brenton spends all his free time doing homework. Brenton retorts that he doesn’t spend any time doing homework and lets slip that he has invented a homework machine.

Snik calls Brenton a liar, so Brenton invites Snik, Judy, and Kelsey to his house to see for themselves. The group are stunned when Brenton’s machine prints out perfectly completed homework in Brenton’s handwriting. Brenton agrees to let Snik, Judy, and Kelsey join him after school to “do” their homework and even rewrites the software to accommodate their handwriting. The unlikely foursome spends every afternoon together, but they insist that they are not friends and that the only reason they tolerate each other is to use the homework machine, which they name Belch. Judy feels guilty about cheating but enjoys getting A’s and uses the extra time to take up ballet. Kelsey’s vastly improved grades earn her privileges, such as a belly-button piercing, from her mother. As the weeks pass, the D Squad becomes addicted to using Belch and the boundaries between their various social identities begin to blur. Snik shows an interest in “boring” chess, which Brenton plays, and Judy tries to be complimentary about Kelsey’s piercings (while finding them disgusting). Everything seems to be going well. However, things start to rapidly fall apart halfway through the year. Judy and Kelsey’s other friends resent their new associations and “unfriend” them, and their teacher, Miss Rasmussen , suspects that they are cheating.

In addition, a strange man has been stalking the group ever since Brenton designed software to instigate a hugely successful social media-driven “red socks day” that spread across America. Miss Rasmussen springs a surprise test on the class to see whether the D Squad really knows their schoolwork. Sure enough—Kelsey and Snik fail, and Judy gets a C, confirming Miss Rasmussen’s suspicions. Before Miss Rasmussen can report them, Snik’s father, who is in the military, is killed in the Middle East. This tragic event diverts Miss Rasmussen’s attention from the cheating, which seems trivial in comparison. The bond between the D Squad strengthens as the stress of keeping Belch secret increases.

Together they decide to shut Belch down, only to discover that Belch has taken on a life of its own and will not power off. They throw Belch into the Grand Canyon and feel relief as they watch it disappear. However, when backpackers find computer pieces at the bottom of the canyon, the D Squad is called into the sheriff’s office where they confess to everything. The case is closed, but their unlikely friendships continue to strengthen and grow. The stalker turns out to be someone scouting Brenton to offer him a job as an influencer for his company. The company’s clients want to market their products to kids. Brenton simply offers him an idea he would like to influence kids with: “Do your homework” (146).

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"Seen a lot of strange stuff go down in 10 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 that time the gambler from LA 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..." — Police Chief Rebecca Fish

In an interview room sits a police officer, and a girl named Kelsey; the latter of which is considered guilty of a crime. The child is demanded to give a testimony and is being recorded by cameras and microphones, all eyes and ears on them. The girl parts her lips, and begins to talk.

STOP. EJECT. INSERT NEXT TAPE. PLAY.

Brenton Damagatchi, Judy Douglas, Sam "Snik" Dawkins, and Kelsey Donnelly are all 5th grade students that only share one thing in common: their last names all start with a "D". Apart from that, they're nothing alike, Brenton is the typical smart kid who gets perfect grades, Judy always looks up to the teacher, Sam is a class clown who doesn't play by the rules, and Kelsey doesn't care enough about her grades to do any real work. Despite this (and largely because their teacher assigns seats in alphabetical order), they're all forced to sit together in class, with only their last names keeping them together...

At least that's what you may be led to believe.

All these kids (who cheekily named themselves "the 'D' squad" due to their last names) do share something else: a secret that if revealed, could have massive repercussions within the school district and within the county itself.

A 2007 novel by Dan Gutman, The Homework Machine is about the social repercussions of the eponymous device, and a commentary on the inner workings of the American Education System. The book's narrative is told in a series of testimonies provided by the 4 lead child characters, as well as their parents, the teachers, and the staff of the school they all attended. The testimonies are provided in the order they were taken, but said testimonies do not tell the story in the order that the events took place.

Was followed by a sequel in 2009, Return of the Homework Machine .

The Homework Machine contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot : Downplayed. Giving the homework machine the ability to access the sum of human knowledge leads to it not turning off when unplugged but that's all it really does. The D-squad freaks out and chucks it into the canyon .
  • All First-Person Narrators Write Like Novelists : Zigzagged. They do spend a fair amount of time discussing not-exactly-homework-machine-related things, but for the most part, the cast of narrators talk like people, not like novelists.
  • Armor-Piercing Question : When Ronnie suspects the D Squad has a secret, he tries to get it out of Brenton by pretending to be friendly, and when that doesn't work, he threatens to reveal what Brenton is up to. Brenton says, "And what exactly am I up to?" Ronnie doesn't have an answer, because he doesn't know.
  • Asian and Nerdy : Brenton is Japanese-American and a genius kid who's programmed a machine to do his homework for him, and he's only in fifth grade.
  • Black and Nerdy : Judy is a gifted, hardworking and rule-abiding student who gets called a goody-goody and a know-it-all by the other kids.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents : Kelsey starts crying when she finds out about Snik's dad, because she lost her own father in a snowmobile accident when she was six.
  • Chekhov's Gun : The catapult, which they used to fling the machine into the canyon.
  • Child Prodigy : Brenton has always been a super-genius, even from a young age. Brenton's mom : 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Snik has a sharp tongue. This is what he wrote for an assignment where the class had to make 10 rules about 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 home-work? 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.
  • Deconstruction : Brenton is a Child Prodigy , but he's not one to the absurd levels many books and television shows depict them. He was only able to build the Homework Machine in the first place because he got ahold of an advanced supercomputer by a fluke, and despite his nerdiness he's not capable of doing things that are outside the realms of plausibility. At the end of the day, he is still a kid.
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect : After a while, Miss Rasmussen starts getting suspicious of the homework the D Squad is turning in because their answers are always perfect with no mistakes. In turn, Brenton starts programming the homework machine to make minor mistakes at random when doing Snik's and Kelsey's homework because they're more Book Dumb than either him or Judy.
  • Early Personality Signs : According to Brenton's mom, he was always different from other kids. He never cried as a baby, and never wanted to play with other children or watch TV. He played chess with himself and taught himself how to play the piano.
  • Everyone Has Standards : Even though he hates the D Squad, Ronnie swears up and down that he wasn't the one who called the cops on them. He's not lying. It was Brenton.
  • Exact Words : When Miss Rasmussen is starting to get suspicious of the D Squad's perfect homework, she takes Snik aside and asks him if he ever copies off anybody. He says he doesn't, which is technically true because he gets the machine to do his homework for him.
  • Only Sane Man: Judy
  • The Smart Guy: Brenton
  • The Pervert: Snik
  • The Butt Monkey: Kelsey
  • The Cynic: Snik, who hates homework with a violent passion and refused to do it for a time at his old school
  • The Optimist: Judy, who really doesn't mind homework and thinks it has educational value
  • The Realist: Kelsey, who does homework even though it sucks
  • The Apathetic: Brenton, who doesn't really mind homework but admits it's time consuming and thus invents the homework machine
  • Choleric: Brenton (the genius)
  • Melancholic: Judy (the perfectionist)
  • Sanguine: Snik (the class clown)
  • Phlegmatic: Kelsey (the slacker)
  • Framing Device : The story is told through testimonials given by the D Squad, their teacher, their parents, and occasionally other people. It's framed as the police putting the story together the following summer.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble : The D-Squad consists of Brenton and Snik (male) and Judy and Kelsey (female).
  • I'll Be Your Best Friend : Sam offers to be Brenton's friend to let him use the Homework Machine, believing that friends are the one thing he'd want that he doesn't have. Ultimately, they end up becoming friends for real.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation : Brenton is a Child Prodigy with a ridiculously advanced mind who can't relate to other kids and seemingly has no interest in making friends. He only ends up befriending the rest of the D Squad in the first place because they came over to his house for a homework assignment.
  • It Won't Turn Off : The machine runs unplugged, and only turns off when thrown over the Grand Canyon.
  • Military Brat : Snik, who's new at the beginning of the story because his father is assigned to Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.
  • Nobody Likes a Tattletale : When the D Squad first hears about the homework machine that Brenton built, Judy thinks about raising her hand and telling the teacher, but decides not to because everyone already calls her a goody two-shoes and she doesn't want them calling her a tattletale too.
  • Noodle Incident : We never find out why Snik got suspended at his previous school, though it's implied it had something to do with him not wanting to do his homework.
  • Open-Minded Parent : Kelsey's mom lets her elementary-school-age daughter dye her hair pink and pierce her belly button.
  • Revealing Cover Up : The homework machine is only discovered when the D-squad builds a catapult to chuck it into the Grand Canyon and its parts are later found by some hikers, therefore getting them caught for littering.
  • Sdrawkcab Name : Snik's real name is Sam, but his nickname is "Snikwad" or "Snik" because that's his last name, Dawkins, spelled backwards.
  • Switching P.O.V. : The story is narrated by 4 characters: Brenton Damagatchi, Kelsey Donnelly, Sam "Snick" Dawkins, and Judy Douglas.
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The Homework Machine

The Homework Machine

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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The Homework Machine Paperback – June 26, 2007

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  • Book 1 of 2 The Homework Machine
  • Print length 176 pages
  • Language English
  • Grade level 3 - 7
  • Lexile measure 680L
  • Dimensions 5.13 x 0.5 x 7.63 inches
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date June 26, 2007
  • ISBN-10 9780689876790
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0689876793
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780689876790
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689876790
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 11 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 680L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.84 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 0.5 x 7.63 inches
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About the author

I was born in a log cabin in Illinois and used to write by candlelight with a piece of chalk on a shovel. Oh, wait a minute. That was Abraham Lincoln.

Actually, I’m a children's book author. I’ve written more than 170 books for kids from kindergarten up to middle school.

For the little ones, I write picture books like "Rappy the Raptor," about a rapping raptor named Rappy, who raps.

For beginning readers, I write "My Weird School," about some kids who go to a school in which all the grownups are crazy. Thirty-one million copies have been sold. I also write “Wait! WHAT?” a series of biographies that focus on the unusual aspects of people like Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, and Teddy Roosevelt.

For middle-graders, I write the baseball card adventure series, about a boy who has the power to travel through time using a baseball card like a time machine. He goes on adventures with players like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and others.

For advanced readers, I write "The Genius Files," "Flashback Four,” “Houdini and Me” and others.

If you’d like to find out more, visit my web site (www.dangutman.com), my Facebook fan page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @dangutmanbooks.

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'Reacher's Alan Ritchson to Lead Sci-Fi Thriller 'War Machine' at Netflix

The movie comes from writer-director Patrick Hughes.

The Big Picture

  • Alan Ritchson stars in Netflix's upcoming action sci-fi film War Machine , written and directed by Patrick Hughes.
  • Lionsgate is set to distribute War Machine , following their recent announcement of producing A Simple Favor 2 with Amazon-MGM Studios.
  • Ritchson will also be featured in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare , a film about British soldiers in WWII, set to release in 2024.

The biggest man on television is turning out to be one of the busiest, too, as Reacher star Alan Ritchson is set to star in War Machine , a new action sci-fi movie from writer and director Patrick Hughes that is set to debut exclusively on Netflix. Lionsgate tapped Hughes, best known for his work on The Hitman's Bodyguard series , to pen a script alongside James Beaufort before setting a deal with the streamer to distribute the movie. It comes hot on the heels of the news that Lionsgate will also be producing A Simple Favor 2 earlier today, this time with Amazon-MGM Studios.

While details on the plot of War Machine are scarce, it's known that the film plunges into the intense final 24 hours of the world's toughest selection process. Here, a team of Army Rangers faces an unimaginable threat, hinting at a story that blends military action with elements of mystery and possibly something even grander. If nothing else, this setup promises a story that's as thrilling as it is enigmatic, even though it's destined to end with Ritchson punching the enemy to smithereens with his gigantic plate-sized hands .

Ritchson is currently engaged in the production of Playdate , an action-comedy film alongside Kevin James , and has been back at work in the past few months on t he third season of Reacher , the series based on Lee Child's novels that has significantly boosted his action film career. This series' second season quickly rose to the top of Prime Video's 2023 viewership charts globally. He will soon take a leading role opposite Henry Cavill in Guy Ritchie’s World War II film, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare , scheduled for theatrical release by Lionsgate on April 19. Furthermore, Ritchson is slated to reprise his role as Aimes in Universal Pictures' upcoming eleventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

What Is Patrick Hughes Known For?

Hughes is probably best known around Hollywood for directing The Hitman's Bodyguard and its sequel, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard , the action comedy films starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek . These projects have played a significant role in establishing Hughes' reputation within Hollywood. Hughes was also the director on The Expendables 3 . So if nothing else, he's a dab hand at crafting functional action movies with a slightly knowing look and a wink to the audiences watching them.

There is currently no release date for War Machine . Ritchson will next be seen in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare .

COMMENTS

  1. Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

    The characters of The Homework Machine return in this sequel. Now the D Squad--all of their last names begin with "D" are in 6th grade with an ex-military teacher. The drama of middle school continues and Police Chief Rebecca Fish is once again going about doing the interviews because this time the adventure of the kids, unfortunately, ends in ...

  2. Return of the Homework Machine

    Return of the Homework Machine [Gutman, Dan] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Return of the Homework Machine ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Aloud Book and Sequel! Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016. Verified Purchase. There are very few books where I think the sequel is better than the original. However ...

  3. Return of the Homework Machine Kindle Edition

    Return of the Homework Machine - Kindle edition by Gutman, Dan. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Return of the Homework Machine. ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Aloud Book and Sequel! Reviewed in the United States on September 10 ...

  4. Return of the Homework Machine Hardcover

    Return of the Homework Machine [Gutman, Dan] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Return of the Homework Machine ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Aloud Book and Sequel! Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016. Verified Purchase. There are very few books where I think the sequel is better than the original. However ...

  5. RETURN OF THE HOMEWORK MACHINE

    Readers of The Homework Machine (2006) will welcome the return of familiar characters and appreciate the addition of a classmate whose plans for the superchip are less than savory. This sequel stands alone, however, satisfyingly suspenseful in its several strands. Besides the search for the chip, there is Brenton's creation of a web-based ...

  6. ‎The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman (ebook)

    Return of the HW machine was a great sequel, and at the end, the four blast the computer chip in the HW machine into space. I think there should be a third book called "Revenge of the Homework Machine". I have been thinking of this book since I first read three years ago, and it would be a dream come true if it did happen

  7. The Homework Machine

    Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine.

  8. The Homework Machine

    Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine.

  9. THE HOMEWORK MACHINE

    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 ...

  10. "The Homework Machine " Summary and Study Guide

    The Homework Machine, written by acclaimed American author Dan Gutman was first published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and is the first of a two-book series.The second book, The Return of the Homework Machine, was published in 2011.Gutman is primarily a children's fiction writer who has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including 18 for The Homework Machine ...

  11. The Homework Machine / Characters

    Characters in The Homework Machine and its sequel, Return of the Homework Machine.. The D-Squad Tropes Applying to the D-Squad as a whole. Fire-Forged Friends: If Brenton had never built the Homework Machine and they didn't go through the ordeal with it together, they never would have been more than classmates.; Two Girls to a Team: Unusually, there are an equal number of boy and girl main ...

  12. The Homework Machine

    Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They 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.

  13. The Homework Machine

    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 ...

  14. The Homework Machine (Literature)

    A 2007 novel by Dan Gutman, The Homework Machine is about the social repercussions of the eponymous device, and a commentary on the inner workings of the American Education System. The book's narrative is told in a series of testimonies provided by the 4 lead child characters, as well as their parents, the teachers, and the staff of the school ...

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  16. The Homework Machine

    Four fifth-grade students--a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.

  17. Return of the Homework Machine

    RETURN OF THE HOMEWORK MACHINE DAN GUTMAN SEQUEL TO THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2010 EDITION. Read more. Continue reading Read less. Previous page. Book 2 of 2. The Homework Machine. Print length. 162 pages. Language. English. Publisher. Scholastic. Publication date. January 1, 2010. ISBN-10. 0545292441. ISBN-13. 978-0545292443.

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    Hardcover. 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 ...

  19. The Homework Machine

    Paperback - June 26, 2007. by Dan Gutman (Author) 4.6 779 ratings. Book 1 of 2: The Homework Machine. Teachers' pick. See all formats and editions. Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are ...

  20. 'Reacher's Alan Ritchson Cast in Netflix's 'War Machine'

    Alan Ritchson stars in Netflix's upcoming action sci-fi film War Machine, written and directed by Patrick Hughes.; Lionsgate is set to distribute War Machine, following their recent announcement ...

  21. The Homework Machine

    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 ...

  22. The Homework Machine

    Doing homework becomes a thing of the past!Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They 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.