Monday, September 14, 2015

Books For Kids Who Like Computers

Today I have a book that features robots, computer games and competition.  Do you think you might have a kid who is interested in any of those?  If so, hop on board with this great story that will engage kids with it's wit ... and did I mention the computer games?

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Title: How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel

Author: Jennifer Brown

Target: Grade 5-7

Series: No

What this book is about: 
Luke Abbot is happy playing computer games at home after school with his best online friend Randy.  However, when he gets recruited for the Robotics team, his dad “encourages” him to join.  The next thing Luke knows is that he is with a group of other “recruited” students with their own issues, including a girl who does everything with her feet (because she can) and a large scary boy simply known as Lunchbox.  Their biggest challenge is that Forest Shade Middle School has never won anything …. ever!  Losing is what they do.  Can this team beat the odds? Well in a way they will.

Why I love this book: 
First off I love a book that has robotics as the setting.  With two sons who are on their robotics teams, this was a nice book to share with them.  They could certainly relate to programing their bots to perform a series of tasks with multiple points attached to each skill!

But while robotics is the backdrop, this book is really about friendships and relationships.  Luke is funny and I found myself laughing out loud several times.  He manages to create connections with his teammates and empathy for even the toughest characters without ever making the reader feel it is contrived.  

This book even has a nice message -  getting up and away from computer games from time to time can be a good thing.  It does it without being preachy!  A win for mom.

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who like realistic fiction and anything to do with computers and robots.  I think a lot of kids are going to like this one!

Final thoughts:
This book really does have humor and heart.  Although the phrase is overused, in this case it is really quite accurate. 

To purchase this book:
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1 comment:

  1. Have to pair this one with Korman's Ungifted. I really enjoyed this one!