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The World's Greatest Adventure Machine Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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Praise for The World's Greatest Adventure Machine:
"[The World's Greatest Adventure Machine] made me laugh out loud as I was pulled through the twists and turns until my stomach dropped in suspense or I waved my hands in the air, cheering at the adventure. It will take you on a ride that you won’t soon forget!"-Peggy Eddleman, author of Sky Jumpers
Praise for Frank Cole’s The Afterlife Academy:
A Whitney Award Nominee
“An appealing ghost story without being creepy, this title would be a great read for any reader looking for a mix of adventure and humor.” —School Library Journal
“A fun, suspenseful read. . . . Cole’s fast-paced fantasy can be enjoyed by the entire family.” —Deseret News
“The adventure of a lifetime—or after-lifetime.” —OBERT SKYE, author of the Leven Thumps series
“A fast-paced and fun adventure that puts a new twist on the afterlife!” —PLATTE F. CLARK, author of Bad Unicorn
About the Author
FRANK L. COLE lives with his wife and three children out west. When not writing books, Frank enjoys going to the movies and traveling. The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is Frank’s ninth published book and his second with Delacorte Press. His first was The Afterlife Academy. You can learn more about his writing at frankcolwrites.com or find @franklcole on Twitter.
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The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is an enjoyable, fast-paced middle-grade read. Right from the beginning, as the main characters are getting introduced you know something is up. A mystery was being set up very competently for young readers. It was great fun to try to figure out exactly who the bad guys were going to be. And I have to admit that there was a bit of a twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting! It was nice to be surprised!
I liked the elements of ‘otherness’ that the characters had. There was a bit of diversity in both gender, race, and culture. Each kid had something that set them apart from their peers. I enjoyed how Frank L. Cole also made it clear that each of the things that set the kids apart could be strengths, but definitely came with their own set of weaknesses as well. They kids weren’t super-heroes, but they were definitely unique. With that being said, I felt like the only kids that were ‘believable’ were Trevor and Nika. Devin and Cameron just felt a bit off. Well, Devin honestly was just a bit of a jerk so I didn’t care for him. Cameron was the one who was ‘off’.
The adults were not really present for most of the novel, as is to be expected in a middle-grade novel. However, when the parents were in scene, it was very clear that most readers were going to find ‘their’ parent in someone. There was the controlling parent, the nervous Nelly, the constantly exasperated, and bewildered but well-meaning. The other adults were there to play a part, but fairly forgettable overall. The focus of this story is, after all, on The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine.
The language is accessible, even the kid’s differences are explained in ways that younger readers can easily grasp. The tension definitely builds up quickly once The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine hits its stride. While there is an element of that might be a little ‘scary’ at a couple of points, there aren’t any unsavory or offensive visuals. It’s perfectly suited for it’s intended age range. There was very little I didn’t care for, and most of that could have been solved simply by switching two of the things that make some of the characters unique around.
Overall, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is a solid middle-grade read. It’s definitely an adventure and a mystery. And yes, I have to say, it really does sound like the greatest ride type thing ever! I personally would love to experience it! Maybe one of these days it’ll actually become a reality. One can hope? Ah well, in the absence of reality, I guess we’ll just have to read about it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration.
The Adventure Machine is like riding a roller coaster. Riders wear a special neoprene and malleable titanium suit that connects with the machine for a thrilling ride experience. The machine actually reads the riders mind. As the first run begins, the riders encounter VIC, the voice and interactive brain of the machine, that will be their guide on this new adventure. As the big adventure begins not everything is going as planned. The team gets thrown off the ride in a jungle and have to fend for themselves, with VIC’s guidance, and they soon learn that VIC is in control with a mind of its own. With the world watching how will this team find their way back home?
Author Frank Cole has created a fun read that will engage young readers. This fast-paced read allows readers to feel as though they are on a roller coaster ride. The lovable characters are unique and add a bit of feistiness to the adventure. This book would be a great classroom read-a-loud.
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