This premise for a middle grade reader is quite engaging and it has so much for opportunity from a great classroom reader’s theater opportunity, to listening on tape and of course a fast track read by page. Moving from character to character this mystery of how and what really happened with the homework machine will keep the interest of readers and listeners. Every one wants to know how such an infamous machine gets made, used and hidden.
You can find it on tape or on line easily by looking up Homework Machine audio tape. Try this link: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzs18HMxslA&noredirect=1) This may even be a good starter and then have readers read together. Reading with a theater format of changing characters is so easy with this book. Kids absolutely love reading parts.
I am a fan of Dan Gutman from his early on novels of; The Million Dollar Put, Honus and Me, Back In Time With Ben Franklin, to his latest exciting novel series with Coke and Pepsi a secret agent brother sister team of The Genius Files. He is a master at intertwining the facts to creative fiction. He also makes the characters so completely real with kid thoughts and dialogue that will encourage the best discussions and even inspire the research of the unusual to the most basic. This of course will produce an unusual fact or knowledge base that kids love.