The World's Greatest Adventure Machine -- Grades 4 -7 Book Review

Disclosure: Media Masters Publicity sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

Are you ready for the adventure of your life? Are you daring enough to try this new ride? It is not like any ride you have ever been on, and if you ride it more than once the experience will be completely different. Four lucky preteens have won a contest to be the first to try CastleCorp's new adventure machine. Their parents are wondering if it safe and the kids are wondering what it will be like. This is the premise for this exciting new book: The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole. 

About the book (from the publisher): 
This fall, Whitney Award nominee Frank L. Cole presents The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine (ISBN: 978-0399552823; Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Ages 9+; Hardcover$16.99)which Peggy Edelman (author of Sky Jumpers) says "will take you on a ride that you won’t soon forget!”

An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!
CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it. 

There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.

The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!

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, as well as managing Deseret Books. 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 or find @franklcole on Twitter.

My Review:

This book draws you in immediately. First you are meeting each of the contestants and get a glimpse into their lives and see they each have unique special characteristics. One can sense what is happening or about to happen. Another is a young genius--off the scales. Another does not feel fear and so forth. Their personalities and issues draw you right in. Then there is the whole mystery behind this new machine. What is it really? Is it real? Is it really just a machine or is it alive? Why do the riders need to wear special protective suits? The questions keep growing as you read. This book has it all--adventure, drama, mystery, emotion and life. It will draw in males and females. Only one of the riders is female though. I can see middle grade kids really enjoying this book and having a hard time putting it down. 

The writing is wonderful and the story is interesting and engaging. Hazel looked at the cover and was interested. I think she is hoping I'll let her read it next. 🙂 This is not her usual genre but I think she will enjoy it as well. It is a mystery adventure and you are always wondering what will happen next. So come join me in this adventure, won't you?