The Superteacher Project by Gordon Korman

Five stars

From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious new teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program.

Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declared rule-wrecker of Brightling Middle School, is not a fan of his new homeroom teacher, Mr. Aidact. The guy is sort of stiff, never cracks a smile, and refers to them as “pupils.” The worst part is he catches Oliver before he can pull any of his signature pranks! It’s time for Oliver and his best friend, Nathan, to show the new teacher who’s boss.

But as the weeks go by, they start to realize that Mr. Aidact is not what they expected. He has an uncanny ability to remember song lyrics or trivia. When the girls’ field hockey team needs a new coach, he suddenly turns out to be an expert. He never complains when other teachers unload work on him–even when it’s lunchroom duty and overseeing detention. Against all odds, Mr. Aidact starts to become the most popular teacher at Brightling.

Still, Oliver and Nathan know that something is fishy. They’re determined to get to the bottom of the mystery: What’s the deal with Mr. Aidact?

Wow! What an incredible story!! It was a little weird because, well, as the back says, it’s about a robot. Usually, I adore all forms of robots! But when people are trying to pass a robot off as a human and not tell anyone about it… it becomes weird to me.

Funny thing, I didn’t actually read the back of the book before starting reading but still guessed fairly quickly what he was. But even with the slight weirdness, I actually thought in the end it was handles really neat and I loved the book! The themes were great, the characters even better, and Oliver was by far my favorite! (Yes, I always love the rule breaker trouble makers. XD)

So overall, I really enjoyed the story and could definitely see myself reading it again!! I highly recommend it if you enjoy quirky, prankster characters, a fun contemporary plot, and a robot that might just steal your heart.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“I understand,” he announces finally. “It’s because I’m‒different.”
Paul is amazed. “You learned that from the internet?”
“Not directly,” Mr. Aidact explains. “But I accessed a database of books and movies. It’s a common theme among humans.”

― Gordon Korman, The Superteacher Project

Your turn!

Do you enjoy books with robots in them? What do you think about contemporary? Do you ever read middle grade?

Blessings, Allyson


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