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Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator

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EDISON JONES AND THE ANTI-GRAV ELEVATOR
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MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON
Genre: MG-YA / Action & Adventure / Men’s & Boys’
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Number of Pages: 282
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Twelve-year-old Edison Jones is a prodigy with a passion for technology and inventions. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of five, he hasn’t let his disability slow him down. Then his world changes overnight when his grandfather, a billionaire tech company owner, decides to enroll him in a public school. Algorithms, quantum physics, and digital engineering are easy. Finding his way in the bewildering world of boys and girls his own age is quite another thing . . . the biggest challenge of his life.

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Clueless Gent’s Rating

5 star rating

I had a hunch before I even opened Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator that it would be a fun read. My expected enjoyment of this story didn’t even come close to my actual enjoyment. Wow! What a ride!

When I was in grade school, I happened upon a special book in our small school library. It was The Fabulous Flight by Robert Lawson. That wonderful story opened my imagination to a new universe that could only be found in fiction. I can truly see Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator doing that same thing to children of this newest generation. We need so much more of that in this world.

Michael Scott Clifton has a wonderful gift for storytelling. If you read this very fun book, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Why is Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator such a fun story?

Most of the characters in this story are in contemporary middle school. Right off the bat, young readers can relate to the characters. Further, the main protagonist is handicapped: he must use a wheel chair (sort of). Unless, of course, he’s in the water or in outer space!

The story includes a bully, jealousy, backstabbing, football, and lots of innocence. Can you draw any similarities to a middle-schooler you know? They abound. Further, there are some very good values throughout the story that could benefit young readers. They’re not preached to the reader. Rather, they can only be observed. Personally, I think that’s a pretty good way to get through to a middle-schooler.

The technology is amazing. I’m not sure how much is possible and how much is totally fabricated, but I don’t really care either way. The technology is the literary vehicle that takes us through the story. Actually, I consider it a character in and of itself.

The last fifty pages or so will keep you riveted to your seat, turning pages as fast as you can!

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Each significant character has a noticeable character arc, even the antagonists. (I didn’t say they were all good arcs.) I think you’ll be pleased.

The pacing is perfect. The storyline is good enough to lock in the reader early. However, once we hit the last fifty pages or so, the pacing goes on a wild ride. Hang on!

I will keep this book on the shelf next to my copy of The Fabulous Flight. Yes, I still have a copy. It’s old, it’s seen better days, but a good story is a good story, isn’t it?

Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator is a good story! I can’t recommend it enough.

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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Multi award-winning author Michael Scott Clifton, a public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, with his wife, Melanie, and family cat. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys: action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch and The Open Portal, received 5-Star reviews from the prestigious Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, and he has been a finalist in a number of short story contests, with Edges of Gray winning First Place in the Texas Authors Contest. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Open Portal, won a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award, and launched the fantasy book series, Conquest of the Veil.
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2 thoughts on “Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator

  1. Fabulous review! This book sounds perfect for anyone, young or old. Love books that spark the imagination.

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