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Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine Kindle Edition

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Length: 197 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 10 - 14 Grade Level: 5 - 9

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  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Mandinam Press (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046REN9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press. Her first novel, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine, was serialised on Preston FM community radio in 2009. The sequel, Mr. Planemaker's Diving Machine, was published in 2011. Shelagh's second novel, The Power of Persuasion, was published in 2008. The same year, she edited and published Forever Friends, an anthology of short stories and poems written by members of publishedauthors.org. A follow-up anthology, Forever Travels, was published in 2010. A third anthology, Forever Families, was published in 2012.

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 13, 2011
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It began well, kind of like A Wrinkle in Time meets Tron. But towards the middle it just became a long winded lesson on how computers and the solar system works. And then it just ends. Very little closure or explanation. I think the author has potential, but the story still has a lot of work left. Pretty disappointed.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KDD on July 30, 2011
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This book really had two parts: about 1/3 with the children's father as the central character and then 2/3 focusing on the children.

The first part was enjoyable. The style reminded me of certain sweet books I read when I was young or sweet children's stories I saw on video with my kids when they were little. The story had enough little twists to keep my interest and seemed to provide something I look for in a good book: creativity.

The second part started out in the same vein, but once the children entered a different world, it began to ramble and drift and it was difficult to figure out the point of it all. The ending was abrupt and didn't really seem to be an ending at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ann Mojica on January 12, 2014
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When I first started reading this book, I was unsure of what to expect. At the beginning of the story we meet what seems to be an ordinary family living in Pierton, England. Soon the reader learns that the father, Mr. Planemaker is seriously ill. The successful builder becomes depressed at his forced early retirement and seeks a hobby, which turns out to be making a model airplane. Some very strange things happen when he tries to teach himself how to research the internet to lay out his plans. He has mystifying dreams that involve colleagues seeking to entice him to enter a dark and grey house which then miraculously disappears. A kitten suddenly materializes in his car and strange talking characters like A. Leon Spaceman appear on the computer. Is he going crazy?

On the day his model airplane kit arrives, Mr. Planemaker passes away. Here I feared the story was going down hill. Part Two takes a whole new turn. Now the children assume center stage. Emmelisa and Dell Planemaker are now nine and twelve struggling to overcome difficulties with peers and adjusting to a life without their father. Emmelisa is being bullied at school because she refuses to join the gang led by Mayja Troublemaker. Her brother has moved to middle school and no longer can protect her. She keeps all this to herself and as a diversion decides to pass time by using her father’s old computer now hidden in the attic. To her surprise, she learns that her father has a whole set of plans and hidden secrets within it. Their mysterious family cat named Cosmos helps the children to unlock them. They discover its secrets by stepping into the computer itself and taking a real tour of the inside of a computer in nanosecond time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2013
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I'm not even half way into the book and there was a death... Sad, but I'm happy to see a cat or two. I also love how this book puts the life of a family into full detail. I give it a 4/5. It was missing something... This book was probably too short. I wish there was another book... Still a very good book. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

QUICK WITHOUT LOOKING BACK,HOW MANY TIMES DID I SAY BOOK???!?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Elizabeth Powell on September 13, 2013
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This book had been on my Kindle for a long, long time because, as a reviewer as well as an author, my reading list is vast. However, I wish now that I'd read it sooner...absolutely wonderful! It's different in many ways, not least how it explores themes such as death and bullying and how children cope with such horrors, yet within the fabulous mix of reality and magic.

I know it was meant for children, nevertheless, I think adults could learn valuable lessons by reading this book. It is written very well, a fast-paced easy style, yet deceptively clever - and the author took pains not to 'talk down' to this age group...parts of which I found delightfully 'adult' yet keeping the target audience in mind, as if melding the two...something of which 'grown ups' should take note and listen to their young.

Not wanting to give spoilers, I will say that this story is unique in the telling, dealing with extremely important topics - a wonderful fantasy, filled with wondrous ideas.

Highly recommended for both young and older.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on February 6, 2013
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This book is about two kids that go into a computer.

They do lots of amazing stuff and learn about computers too.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Ault on April 13, 2013
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I found that Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine was a delightfully entertaining book. The authoress of this book wrote with magnificent detail the process of the juvenile mind in its growing from childhood imagery to adult fantasy.
If you want a book that children of all ages will love, you have just found it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark McKenna on October 10, 2014
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A charming tale. Well worth reading.
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