EDISON JONES AND THE ANTI-GRAV ELEVATOR
MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON
Genre: MG-YA / Action & Adventure / Men’s & Boys’ Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Number of Pages: 282 pages SCROLL DOWN FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
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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Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator was a very enjoyable middle grade read. It follows the story of a disabled, very gifted boy that is too afraid to leave his house, and content to remain there after the tragedy that had transpired with his parents (and almost him too). His grandfather though convinces him to go to school, and though Edison Jones is in a wheel chair, and deals with bullies and other challenges while attending school, he makes friendships that could last a life time.
What I loved about this book: I am a special education teacher, so reading a book about a boy that is paralyzed and how he overcomes that challenge was very inspiring. I think often times there is not enough of this in middle grade or YA literature. To see Edison grapple with his disability, to have those at school make fun of him for it, to see him try to give them an eye for an eye and realize that’s not the way to handle it, was really a humbling and inspiring message for everyone.
Another thing I loved about this book was how Edison handle his relationships with others. The accident that left him paralyzed and his parents dead happened at age seven. He didn’t leave his home until he was twelve. For any child in this situation, I could see them wanting to do whatever they could to appease others in order to have those relationships with others. But Edison is an encouraging friend, and I love his principles on what a good friend is. One of his friends is struggling and needs help with math, he wants to take the easy way out and have Edison help him cheat. But Edison tells him that if he did that, he wouldn’t be a good friend.
This book was very surprising for me. I don’t often read middle grade books, but when I saw the cover of this one I knew I had to read it. I love all the scientific tech and gadgets. I love how Edison finds a way to show off all his knowledge, but in a way that’s teaching and encouraging his friends. And I also loved the little tid bit of mystery surrounding the parents’ death.
And there’s a bit of a cliff hanger.
So I kind of need book 2, you know? 🙂
I highly recommend this read for anyone that is looking for a bit of personal growth, some awesome science tech, and a fun enjoyable journey with great friends along the way.
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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