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The Great Interactive Dream Machine (Lost in Cyberspace #2)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The intrepid heroes of Lost In Cyberspace are back. Josh's best friend Aaron has come up with a way to turn his computer into a wish-granting machine. There's a laugh a minute as readers travel with Josh and Aaron through time, space, and middle school for another "fast-paced, fun-filled adventure that's virtually guaranteed" (Booklist, starred review).
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Dial
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Sara Check
Nov 26, 2011 Sara Check rated it liked it
1.This is a junior book, science fiction.

2.Josh and Aaron, once best friends, are thrown back together again after Aaron’s plethora of computers cause a pre-summer power outage and introduce Josh to his new cyber world. It’s when Aaron’s wish-granting machine begins to work is when their lives really become interesting.

3.A. Richard Peck created an easy to read and scientifically possible story that will intrigue any young reader. The diverse setting of a New York City high-rise apartment buildin
Wallace Johnson
Dec 10, 2012 Wallace Johnson rated it liked it
Genre: I placed this title in my reading log under Science Fiction Junior Books

Summary: Aaron is a young boy who is very smart when it comes to computers. Using his knowledge, he tries to generate a computer project, increasing his chances of getting into to summer camp, not soccer camp, until his friend Josh gets involved.

(a.) I believe the strength of this title is brought out in the author’s ability of taking two boys, Aaron and Josh on a variety of imaginative journeys together. This allowe
Dec 09, 2011 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
1. Science Fiction

2. Josh and Aaron, two best friends, get into mischief together from time to time. When Josh discovers a way that his computer turns into a wishing machine, it leads to the greatest mischief of all.

3. A- This is an accurate storyline that covers modern day technology that kids will be able to connect to. (pun)

B- I thought this book wavered between appropriate and inappropriate. The characters seems to lie and cover up for each other, which helps send the message of loyalty, b
Dec 09, 2011 Jeannie rated it it was ok
Citation: The Great Interactive Dream Machine, Richard Peck, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996, 149p, Junior Book/Science Fiction

Genre: Science Fiction

Summary: This story is about best friends who inadvertently create a wish program. Because it’s unpredictable and can pick up on the emotions of anyone in its range they end up in adventure after adventure.

Critique: a This book is written in first person narrative
b. The story becomes more and more entertaining as it is seen through the eyes of a
May 03, 2015 Swick added it
I just finished The Great Interactive Dream Machine by Richard Peck. This book is about 2 best friends Josh and Aaron. Except Aaron is getting very caught up in the progression of technology and becomes less social. As Aaron is floating away into his own world a power outadge happens cusing Aaron to talk to Josh. As they talk Aaron spills the news of something he found and they start ti go deeper into it. So far they can make their wishes come true. But theres one problem with the machine, you ...more
Sep 10, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Here's a quick and cleverly written little novel. I wished the plot would amp up a bit--somehow having a wish granting machine was not as exciting as it should have been--but it is a kid's book and fairly entertaining anyway. The characters are the best element: vivid, interesting, and realistic (even the dogs!). The humour isn't too shabby either, and it was fun to read about good old 90s technology, when the whirring of a dial-up connection was simultaneously annoying and enticing. Glad I ...more
Mar 01, 2015 TrumanCoyote rated it it was ok
Liked the narrator's voice (and its moments of telegraphic snideness). Unfortunately though some of the dialogue didn't really ring true. The whole thing though pretty much went in the crapper with the finale, which was so tidy and fake you could practically wrap a bow around it. Like that whole wish-fulfillment business with them growing taller, which bore little touch with reality at all.
Oct 11, 2015 Leonor rated it liked it
Not a classic for the ages, but fun, short, sweet & simple.
I do love a good piece of sci-fi, and even if the technology is a tad bit outdated, it's still some good fun between two best friends who turn a computer into a wish-granting machine. The dialogue feels like an 80s' movie, and if you feel like some innocent fun during a lazy afternoon, why not this? Comply to your inner child.
Gusson Abdallah
Mar 11, 2012 Gusson Abdallah rated it liked it
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This was a funny science picture book. I am sure kids would enjoy reading it. It tells the story of two curious friends who travel through cyber space with an invention they made. It is a fun and fast paced book for kids to read.
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A hilarious and entertaining story, especially the dialogue.
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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