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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,
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2017 by Delacorte
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Katie W
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I re-read this one with my kids and they really, really enjoyed it! Still some unanswered questions, so I hope there's another one in the works, but still a great middle-grade adventure.**

This is definitely a roller coaster ride that is sure to entertain any middle grade reader! It does have a slight feel of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as four kids are chosen through a contest to be the first to ride this ride. We have the trouble maker, the one eager to please, the annoying
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Mindy
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The World's Greatest Adventure Machine is another hit for Frank Cole! This book has it all. Adventure (which is a given from the title!), humor, heart, and lots of fun. All of the characters were fabulous. Each was unique in their own way, which is very important later. I adored them all. Cameron would say the funniest things. He was my favorite. Devin was great too. Nika kept to herself and was very cautious (for good reason, which is revealed later). Trevor, wow I wish I was that brave. This ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
This book was SO good. I laughed and was taken into the story. There was so much to like in this book...adventure, great character, a story that was hard to put down. Thank goodness that my Mom lets me stay up late reading. I think kids that love to be taken on a wild ride and not really knowing which way the story will go will love this book. I highly recommend it.
Heidi
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In a book full of interesting twists and turns (literally and figuratively), the four main characters are in for the ride of their lives. Each of the four kids, Trevor, Cameron, Devin, and Nika have been chosen in a contest to be the first to ride the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! And all four are thrilled with the opportunity. But were they really chosen randomly? As they learn more about each other and the Castleton brothers, who are behind the ride, they start to wonder if there is more ...more
Rachelle
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a hit! I read this aloud to my son and he loved staring at the cover while I was reading. From the very first pages, he was hooked, especially because he said that Trevor sounded a lot like Dan Cahill from the 39 Clues series. We loved the mystery in this book, the way each character was introduced with something mysterious, the way that the Castleton's seemed to have a lot of secrets, and the incredible twists and turns of the Adventure Machine! There's an excellent mix of ...more
Kate ☀️ Olson
Thanks to Delacorte Press for the review copy of this novel - I will be donating it to my school library.

I actually have two ratings for this one - 3 stars for my own preference and 4 stars as a school librarian. I would definitely agree with this being a cross between Jurassic Park, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library ~ all stories that I know middle grade readers enjoy. It's not a genre that I typically read, but I do always try to read widely in kid lit
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michelle
3 1/2 stars - would probably have been higher, this just isn't typically what I gravitate towards

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine was a fun, quick read. I could absolutely see this being a book for kids who want a fast paced, exciting adventure.

The notion that The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jurassic Park is pretty spot on. The contest is obviously rigged and then the ride seems to have a mind of its own. There are times when
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Chantele Sedgwick
Oct 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: own
This book was so much fun! There was a great mystery, fun twists and very interesting characters. My 12 year old loved it too.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
A world-wide contest with only a few lucky winners that get to explore something no one has been inside before. An epic ride / adventure gone horribly wrong. There are definitely recognizable (and enjoyable) elements in The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine. The blurb had it right when it said for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factor and Jurassic Park. I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it to kids who liked those books and/or movies.

The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is an enjoyable,
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Sydney
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, audible
Frank L. Cole has written a wonderful adventure story that kids will have a delightful time reading. The story is about a group of kids that become friends and their adventures. This story is humorous, filled with friendship and lots of fun. There are several main characters of the story and it’s great to see the perspective of each. This story has a bit of a feel similar to that of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as at the end leaves readers with several unanswered questions. Overall ...more
Peggy
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mg
This book has something for everyone! With a mystery that grabbed me and kept me guessing from the first clicking of the gears as the book took off to the final burst into the straightaway at the end, humor that 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. The characters were so real and fascinating, and the story was so filled with imagination that I wanted to climb back into ...more
Kristi Bernard
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trevor Isaacs sometimes gets into trouble. He had no fear and this condition, at least that’s what his mother called it, was because of a misfiring amygdala. His problem of suspension from school was put on a back burner when Doug Caselton of Castle Corp stopped by to tell Trevor and his mom about the contest he’d won. Trevor and three others won a spot for the maiden voyage of the Adventure Machine. Cameron Kiffing’s mom was reminding him not to take off his clothes when they had company. ...more
Dorine White
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Four children have won the chance to take the first ride on CastleCorp's latest roller coaster, The World's Greatest Adventure Machine. First we have Trevor, who lacks fear and gets in trouble all the time. Then we have Devin, who has instincts that predict the future. Next is Cameron, a certified genius with a clothing problem, and lastly, we have Nika, a girl without the ability to feel pain. Put them all together and you've got the perfect first group of riders.

As they board the Adventure
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Sheila
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Author Frank Cole, especially of his Hashbrown Winters series. The World's Greatest Adventure Machine is another Middle Grade book written for the 8-13 year old crowd. I teach 2nd graders and know the kind of humor they enjoy and Frank Cole has this humor down pat in his writing. My classes in the past have loved his other books and I can't wait to read this one to my new class starting next week.

Some of the things I liked the most about this book was the diversity of the kids
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Cole, Frank The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine, 307 pages. Delacorte Press, 2017, $17. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

Nika, Trevor, Cameron, and Devin are very unique individuals and win a worldwide contest - a trip on the world’s greatest adventure machine. The machine is something the kids think is an awesome ride but some parts make you doubt whether it was supposed to happen or not. These kids will be in an adventure of a lifetime that they won’t forget though
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Heidi
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a book full of interesting twists and turns (literally and figuratively), the four main characters are in for the ride of their lives. Each of the four kids, Trevor, Cameron, Devin, and Nika have been chosen in a contest to be the first to ride the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! And all four are thrilled with the opportunity. But were they really chosen randomly? As they learn more about each other and the Castleton brothers, who are behind the ride, they start to wonder if there is more ...more
Cathy
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is really the adventure of a life time for the 4 kids chosen to try out the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! I enjoyed everything about this book, the characters, the plot, the adventures and danger.

I loved that you get to "know" each of the 4 kids at least a little bit. You know their struggles and their strengths. You get to see at least some of the adventure through each one of their eyes and that just makes the whole story more fun.

I loved the plot. It is so fun, it's fast
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Stacie
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The World's Greatest Adventure Machine, by Frank L. Cole, is an exciting middle-grade novel that will delight many kids. A story that mirrors Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in many ways, it is also distinct, with diverse characters and an important message for today's young readers within the fun.

My 8-year-old son ate this story up, even though it is a longer chapter book than he usually chooses and does not have any pictures. A fan of graphic novels, a book with no pictures
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Peggy
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read Middle Grade, so take everything I say with that in mind. My middle grade niece and nephew have enjoyed it.

What I struggled with: Keeping track of the characters in the beginning and several places throughout the book I wasn't sure whose point of view I was in. In the end, there was an inconsistency that I still am not sure whether it was intended or not.

Things I liked: The concept of the book, that the kids had to work together to 'solve' the adventure, once I got into it,
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Pat
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four students, Trevor, Devin, Nika, and Cameron, have been selected to be the first people to ride the World's Greatest Adventure Machine, a roller coaster experience that includes horror tactics including a madwoman chasing the students, a saber-toothed cat, and weird creatures. The four students must learn each others' unique abilities and rely on each other in order to escape from their adventure. Although at first it is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it evolves into a very ...more
Carlie Allred
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: Four kids from very different backgrounds and with various abilities are brought together when they win the chance to test-drive a new type of theme park ride - an all-immersive experience that taps into your greatest fears!

My Thoughts: A fun middle-grade book that was actually pretty thrilling - lots of suspense and action. The characters were quirky and interesting, and all had good growth arcs. My one critique was that I found the plot confusing (I'm a little embarrassed to admit
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Two BookWorms Blog
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the winners and their parents don’t realize is that the Adventure Machine ride has a secret. And to make this story even more of a page-turner, each of the riders has a secret, too. (I’d love to tell, but no spoilers!)

For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co...
Natalie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boys all enjoyed reading this. The older two even listened in a second time when I read it to my younger son. There was comedy and suspense. I had to keep myself from reading ahead without my son.
Karsyn
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly enjoyable with some periods of dullness. Would have been 5 stars if the kids weren't so damn annoying. They did grow on me though, mostly, but then Devin's father and Nika's grandfather were dicks, so they were the worst. Interesting what it ended up being, kept my interest.
T.J.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. A good stand alone novel for middle graders. I don't feel like anything was unresolved. And that the author did a great job in creating fun characters, each with their own uniqueness that blends well into the story.
Elizabeth Reid
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviews
This book was not my favorite. My junior high child, however, loved it. Here's my review for Delacourt: http://agoodreid.blogspot.com/2017/10...
Shelly Thomas
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A grate ride! Loved it.

This was a great book. Kept me in suspense all the way through. Great imagination and story. A great way to show how everyone is needed.
Jamille Parks
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was pretty dang good. It felt a little bit like Hunger Games in the beginning but there was enough suspense and thrills that it had me guessing until the every end.
Mikey Golczynski
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's really fun.
Jamie Krakover
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Trevor (the troublemaker), Devin (the internet star), Cameron (the genius), and Nika (the reserved) just won the Castleton's contest to be the first to ride the World's Greatest Adventure Machine, a new, state-of-the-art roller coaster. As the adventure unfolds, the four winners begin to suspect there's more to their fellow participants than meets the eye. And if trusting their fellow riders isn't enough, the ride seems to have a mind of it's own, putting Trevor, Devin, Cameron, and Nika on an ...more
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