Friday, January 15, 2016
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown
This is a cute, overly exaggerated, silly story with a message about friendship and empathy. Luke is in a total loser of a middle school, evidenced by the fact that they have never won anything, and a guinea pig was on the school's football roster for two seasons before anyone noticed. Luke loves playing an alien based video game online with a boy he has not met, and is unhappy that his older brother has joined the marines. When his dad has Luke join the robotics team, it is not at all his idea of fun. The team includes a girl who does things with her toes - like paint and eat; Missy the Cruel, a petite bully; and Lunchbox Jones, a hulking but quiet boy who always carries a lunchbox with him - everywhere. While preparing for the robotics contest, Luke manages to make friends with Lunchbox, work through some of his feelings about his brother joining the military and become more empathetic towards others. I think that kids will enjoy the book.