Required Reading

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann

This is a YA book that was interesting and will be viewed by older readers with a touch of skepticism.  An almost 16 year old girl and her grandfather are embroiled in a mystery that has a curse, mysterious deaths and possessed machines.

I guess as a grandfather my skepticism is based on the fact that I would never expose my granddaughter to the dangers Jack, the grandfather in the book, exposed his granddaughter to.   Jack initiated many really bad examples and led his granddaughter into multiple illegal activities.   Jack also set his granddaughter up to lie to her mother.   It is possible that I may be a touch provincial regarding grand parenting but Jack was seemingly out of control.   Elizabeth on the other hand was willing to swallow just about everything Jack suggested.   Sadly I suspect that I have grandchildren who would accompany me on ill advised adventures but hopefully I have more common sense than the fictional grandfather. 

I know it is fiction and far more preposterous things have been written.   My proclivity for my g-kids most definitely colored my opinion of the book.   Naïveté was named Elizabeth.  

If I can suspend my outraged responsibility factor, it was an entertaining adventure.   Considering one of my all time favorite stories as a child had a space ship fueled by the explosive power of popping corn, one would think I would be well practiced in stretching the imagination.


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