How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel

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)