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The School for Whatnots

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tweens question identity in clever sci-fi puzzler.

Students mingle in creepy setting.

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Robots are popular characters in sci-fi, and this mindboggling adventure pits kids against machines. Author Margaret Peterson Haddix poses some twisty philosophical questions about humanity and identity. It's sometimes hard to distinguish one character from another, but the main characters -- Max, Josie, and Ivy -- are vibrant and memorable. The School for Whatnots is a stand-alone tale, and Haddix infuses it with a lot of tension, even if there some times when the suspense plateaus. Another solid effort by a master of the tween thriller.

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