A Crazy Case Of Robots

Paperback | February 16, 2010

byKenneth Oppel

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Tina Quark has invented the ultimate robot! The Tinatron 1000 is programmed to perform any task flawlessly—from cleaning to homework, and everything in between. But when Tinatron’s circuits start to overload, sparks fly!

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Tina Quark has invented the ultimate robot! The Tinatron 1000 is programmed to perform any task flawlessly—from cleaning to homework, and everything in between. But when Tinatron’s circuits start to overload, sparks fly!

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels areHalf Brother, winner of both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book Award;This Dark Endeavour, final...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7.62 × 5.19 × 0.19 inPublished:February 16, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554685303

ISBN - 13:9781554685301

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Entry in the Series Tina Quark is at it again and this time she's gone too far. For her science fair project she creates an intelligent robot called the Tinatron and from there plans to build many more to replace people the world over. Her mum and dad can't stand the thing so she convinces the Barnes' to look after it for a few days while she works on her parents. Well, the robot's insistence on everything being perfect drives Giles and his dad crazy but his mum is found having tea with it in the living room one day discussing mathematical equations (she is a math professor) and they become best buddies working on the ultimate equation. But then Tinatron's circuits spark and start to overload and they have a rogue robot on their hands who runs away. Can they find her and fix her before something terrible happens? Another great entry in the series. The most noticeable aspect here is that Kevin Quark's character has evolved from the dopey but happy slave of his brainy sister to a more regular kid who is overshadowed and bossed around by his brainy slave, making him a more believable and likable character. Otherwise everyone else is true to form. Tina is hit with some situations where we find that under that smart alek exterior there really is a kind heart. I really enjoyed the inclusion of Giles' mother in the story. Plus this book adds some variety by being science themed rather than supernatural in nature ass the first two. I'm loving this little series that has great appeal for both boys and girls, but certainly is one to add to the list of early chapter books for boys.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read This is one of the first three books released in a new series by Kenneth Oppel. First published in 1994 by Scholastic, now reprinted by Harper Collins, the first three books were released in February 2010, with three more slated for release in May. Kenneth Oppel on his blog talks about this series being written to be a resource between picture books and full novels for younger readers. It seems like it will do a good job and fill that niche. Tina and Kevin Quark are child geniuses, and this year for the science fair Tina has created a fully functioning, learning Robot, the Tinatron 1000. But her parents will not let her keep it in the house. They persuade Giles Barnes' parents to allow it to stay with them, in part because Mrs. Barnes is a university professor and she can have high-end mathematical conversations with the Robot. But while Mrs. Barnes is trying to solve a difficult math solution, the Robot shorts out and starts to make mistakes. Soon it is missing and Giles and the Quarks are on the hunt for a lost and broken Robot. It is a great fun read, for children of all ages.
Date published: 2010-03-16