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House of Robots

Last updated Monday, November 2, 2015

Author: James Patterson
Illustrator: Chris Grabenstein
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0316405914
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2015

Synopsis: It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E--for "Error". Sammy's no stranger to robots--his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it's Sammy's brother... it's actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy's one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it's cool to be square? It's a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever... if all goes well on the trial run!

Note to readers:
•  The page before the title page has a summary that introduces the characters.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever seen a robot? Where?
•  Would you like to have a robot? What would it do?


•  Idiotic - senselessly foolish or stupid
•  Scheme - a plan of action
•  Fallacious - deceptive, misleading
•  Absurd - laughably foolish or false
•  Lenient - permissive, indulgent
•  Discombobulated - to confuse
•  Flummoxed - to bewilder, confuse
•  Extrapolate - to infer from something that is known

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What does Sammy's mom make him take to school?
•  How does Sammy feel about E?
•  What happens when they get to school?

Craft ideas:
•  Have kids cut out different shapes out of construction paper and glue together to make their own robot.
•  Check out our Pinterest for craft suggestions! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/november-2015-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!