The Homework MachineBook - 2006
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 attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.
Before long, members of the D Squad, as they are called at school are getting strange Instant Messages from a shady guy named Milner; their teacher, Miss Rasmussen, is calling private meetings with each of them and giving them pop tests that they are failing; and someone has leaked the possibility of a homework machine to the school newspaper. Just when the D Squad thinks things can't get any more out of control, Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Soon the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!
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This book is about 4 kids who invented a homework machine. They strugle not to get found. To make matters worse, the machine becomes extreamly powerfull. What will happen, and what will they get from the situation if they destroy it? Read this book to find out.
" Sam makes fun of Brenton but needs his help in playing chess with his dad, who is serving in Iraq. The children gradually begin to bond, especially after Sam's dad is killed in combat. Eventually, their secret causes conflict with the law." (Novelist Review)
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