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Middle School: House of Robots by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

December 11, 2015

house robotsMiddle School: House of Robots by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. Pub. PenguinRandom House, 2015.

Sam is a good guy. he goes to middle school has a friend called Trip and he looks after his younger sister, Maddie,  who has a disease that means her immune system can’t fight disease and she has to live in isolation.

Sam’s mother works with robots and she invents a robot that goes to school and allows Maddie to experience being at school through the Robot. Great idea.

Things go horribly wrong when an academic rival of Sam’s mother, Dr Ignatius Ingalls, invents an inferior but wickedly programmed Robot to discredit Sam’s robot and take over the world. It’s the American way. It all comes to a head at a game of football.

Lots of good laughs and absurd action with Chris Grabenstein’s illustrations  enhancing the plot.

Ideal for middle school reluctant readers particularly boys who have been weened on Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid can now graduate to Middle School books.

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