This novel by Jennifer Brown is about the adventures of Luke Abbott’s school is the losing-est school in the history of losing. And that’s just fine for him. He’d rather be at home playing video games and avoiding his older brother Rob and the Greatest Betrayal of All Time. But now he’s being forced to join the robotics team, where surely he’ll help uphold the school’s losing streak”–.
Grades 3-6 Luke Abbott attends a middle school famous for losing. In its long history, the Raccoons have never won anything, so when he is forced into joining the school’s robotics team, he does not hold out any hope that they will be able to change history, especially when he is teamed with Missy the Cruel , a petite bully who has made his life miserable for years; Mikayla, who uses her flexible feet for most tasks; Stuart, who is always eating sunflower seeds; and Lunchbox Jones , an oversize boy, one grade ahead of Luke, who terrifies everyone and is always seen in a camouflage jacket and carrying a beat-up lunchbox . After the rest of the team quits, Luke starts working with Tim (aka Lunchbox ) and succeeds in making a robot and a friend. With humor and heart, Brown tells a story of unlikely friendship. Readers who enjoyed Lisa Yee’s Warp Speed (2011) or Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy series will find a similar brand of humor here. — Roush, Suanne (Reviewed 2/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 12)