From when I first picked up THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE (Frank L. Cole, Delacort Press), I was sucked in. The title and cover set the tone for the book – it’s going to be a wild ride.

The story centers around four kids who have won a contest to be the first to ride the newest, greatest roller coaster the world has ever seen. Immediately, thoughts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory popped into my head. What’s different is that each of the characters has something that different kids can connect with. You learn about each throughout the tale and experience the adventure through their eyes.

I expected the story to follow a linear plot course, maybe a twist or two for good measure, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only were there as many twists in the story as there was on the roller coaster, but each was difficult to see coming. Cole did a great job of keeping me engaged in the story, as well as on the edge of my seat. Each night when I put it down (one chapter passed when I should have gone to bed), I wondered what was going to happen next.

I recommend this story to kids and lovers of middle grade stories who are looking for a great adventure with humor and heart! just remember to keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle while reading.

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