Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger proves that even robots can be good or bad.
Vanguard Middle School has been selected for a Robot Integration Program, and Max is extremely excited to be selected as the robot Fuzzy’s guide. Vanguard is no stranger to robots as the vice principal, Barbara, is also an all-seeing and all-hearing robot.
This school is all about perfect data. Students must constantly improve their scores as well as demonstrate impeccable behavior or they face being sent to an undesirable school. Barbara is watching every moment and assigns discipline tags the moment anyone steps out of line. It seems Max and her friends are always on the receiving end of these discipline tags. Tensions are running tight for Max at home, and she wants to prove that she is a good student. As a robot who can make decisions for himself, Fuzzy decides his primary mission is to help Max. Meanwhile, there are people out to steal Fuzzy for a huge profit.
Max and her friends must face Barbara’s true motives and discover the real reason that a robot is being trained in their school. I think readers who enjoy the movie “Big Hero 6” and technology/coding will appreciate this book. This is also one of the 2020 Nutmeg nominees (the third I’ve read so far).