Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

imageWhen Max—Maxine Zealster—finds out that her school is going to be part of a Robot Integration Program she is super excited. Max loves the idea of a robot classmate and would do anything to meet this new robot, Fuzzy. A chance encounter in the hallway leads to Max being tasked with helping Fuzzy learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school—the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly. Little do they know that surviving sixth grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguard One Middle School has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA. Turns out BARBARA is more like Hal 9000 than a just simple computer program.

Fuzzy is a super fun, exciting and fast pace middle grade read. I could not put this down. I loved every second of this book. The characters and the setting are believable and charming.  The authors managed to capture middle school life very well. The pressure to do well because your academic future depends on it, as well as the helpless feeling of being a teen or tween and having multiple adults all telling you what to do. I loved how the authors didn’t trivialized the ‘difficulties’ of being in middle school.

Anyone who wants to see school improvement taken to a laughable extreme, who enjoys some SciFi or tech mixed in with their stories of friendship and hi-jinx- please read Fuzzy. You will love it (99.66% chance of success). Fuzzy comes out next week, August 16th, 2016.

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