When Max–Maxine Zelaster–befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of Vanguard One Middle School’s new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school–the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly. Little do they know that surviving seventh grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguard has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA that might be taking its mission to shape the perfect student to extremes!\
To say that I am a huge Tom Angleberger fan may be an understatement. He co-authored this book. Generally, I am not as much of a fan of his non-Origami Yoda books, but this is a very interesting premise. It has an interesting take on the educational system, and it’s worth reading, even if you are no longer a tween. In some ways it is a scary look at what education could become, but as with most Tom Angleberger books, it is a hopeful ending.