Eighth Grade vs. the Machines

From the Series Adventures of the PSS 118

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

After the entire population of Earth’s solar system is whisked away by alien technology, Jack and his classmates and teachers aboard the PSS 118 are the only humans left. It’s up to them to find and rescue the rest of humanity—if they can avoid the aliens hunting them down, steer clear of a robot civil war, and figure out who among them might be a traitor.

“Hilarious, high-stakes, un-put-downable fun.”—Jarrett Lerner, author of the EngiNerds series

“Another amazing trip across the galaxy with the students of PSS 118!”— Monica Tesler, author of the Bounders series

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On pre-order until 08/01/2023
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2021-10-05
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV053010, JUV053020, JUV035000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 590
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Joshua S. Levy

Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh and eighth grade) for a little while, Josh went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn't come up in court nearly as often as he'd like.

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  • Cybils Nominee, Nominated, 2021


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Funny, action-packed, and thoroughly engaging, this accessible middle grade story welcomes readers into the future with open arms by frequently breaking the fourth wall and incorporating characters who are at once familiar and relatable.” –Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“A goofy, fast-paced interstellar adventure.”—School Library Journal

Jarrett Lerner

“Hilarious, high-stakes, un-put-downable fun.”—Jarrett Lerner, author of the EngiNerds series