Bound To Stay Bound

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 House of robots (House of robots)
 Author: Patterson, James

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 316 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 703950 ISBN: 9780316405911
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Robots -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Family life -- Fiction
 Inventors -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $19.28

First in the series--Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic 'brother,' to school with him to learn to become a student.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Grabenstein, Chris
 Illustrator: Neufeld, Juliana
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 170271
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 65366

   School Library Journal (11/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2014 Gr 3–6—Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez has never had an easy time fitting in at school. His mother is an inventor, his father is a graphic novel artist, and his beloved little sister has an immune condition that keeps her confined to the house. His best friend Trip has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. And then, there are the robots: a houseful of his mother's creations, programmed to do everything from housework to tutoring, plus some that don't do anything useful at all. When Sammy's mother insists that he take a robot named E to school with him, he knows that he's in for a record-breaking amount of teasing and trouble-and when E starts insisting that he is Sammy's brother, the situation goes from bad to worse. Sammy refuses to have anything to do with E at school, even when the robot's popularity starts to eclipse Sammy's and Trip's. But when E is kidnapped, Sammy realizes that he was starting to get fond of his robot brother, and he teams up with friends (both human and robot) to solve the mystery of E's disappearance. This light and funny story incorporates plenty of humor, both in the text and in the accompanying comic-style illustrations. Sammy's relationships with his parents, sister, and best friend are strong, if not particularly nuanced. A fast-moving plot, lots of jokes, and a host of weird robots will draw readers in, especially those looking for books similar to series such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams/Amulet) and "Timmy Failure" (Candlewick).—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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