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Volume VIII Number 1 . . . . September 7, 2001
A Crazy Case of Robots is the third book in the "Barnes and the Brains" series by award winning author, Kenneth Oppel. As in the previous books, it is the antics of Kevin and Tina Quark ("local geniuses") and their neighbour/friend, Giles Barnes, which propels the action. For her school science fair project, Tina Quark builds a robot, Tinatron 1000, who has been programmed to do everything to perfection. Of course, in the real world, especially at Giles' house, the quest for perfection is difficult. When Tinatron tries to help Giles' mathematician mother solve a difficult problem, the robot's system is overloaded, and Tina Quark must re-evaluate what is really important to her.
This is a fun story for readers venturing past early chapter books. The story, which has a familiar theme of the struggle between technology overshadowing the basic values of life, has enough action and is well-paced to keep the reader's interest. A light read for developing readers.
Gillian Martin Noonan is a teacher living in Old Perlican, NF.
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