Volunteers needed in March!   Click here to sign up.
 Site Areas: 
Printer-friendly version   

House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!

Last updated Monday, November 6, 2017

Author: James Patterson
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0316284793
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2017

Synopsis: Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his "bro-bot" E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie's school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block--and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it's up to Sammy to figure out what's wrong with E and save his family!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever seen a robot?
•  Do you like science?
•  What is your favorite piece/type of technology?


•  Irritating - to make someone impatient, angry, or annoyed
•  Equipped - to provide someone with necessary materials or supplies
•  Contraptions - a strange or unusual piece of equipment or machinery
•  Tarry - to be slow in going
•  Interfering - to make something slower or more difficult
•  Dismount - to get down from something
•  Etiquette - the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave
•  Sanitized - to make something free from dirt or disease by cleaning it
•  Averse - having a clear dislike of something

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Which of the robots in Sammy's house do you think is the best?
•  If you had a robot what would you want it to do?
•  Do you like to got to school?
•  How does E help Maddie?

Craft ideas:
•  Design you own robot, and write a few sentences about what it does. Examples on Pinterest.
•  Check our craft ideas for on Pinterest!

*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!