A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fuzzy's adventures in middle school aren't highly realistic, but they do demonstrate the concept of "fuzzy logic" and how artificial intelligence might work.
Have empathy for new students. Students learn in different ways.
Positive Role Models
Seventh-grader Max Zelaster wants to be a good student, but she doesn't understand why Vice Principal Barbara seems to have it in for her. Fuzzy wants to fit in, but it's hard for a robot to master the rules of middle school.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fuzzy is a clever middle school adventure about a robot being trained to act like a student, written by Origami Yoda creator Tom Angleberger and science fiction writer Paul Dellinger. The story focuses on the struggle between relaxed independence and constant monitoring by the authorities. Fuzzy resolves its central conflict with wit and aplomb.
Is It Any Good?
There are plenty of stories about robots who wish they were human, but this cheerful, charming, and easy-to-read novel offers a fresh outlook and some original plotting. Fuzzy focuses on some of the absurdities of middle school, and the "Big Brother" surveillance setup ensures that the stakes are high for Max and her robotic friend, Fuzzy. Reluctant readers may especially enjoy the fast pace and snappy dialogue, but anyone is likely to be captivated by this tale of kids learning to feel empathy for a new student.
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