The Whizbang Machine, Book 1


"A can't-put-down read! I was on the edge of my seat with book one of this amazing new series. Danielle Vann truly as a gift and readers will be captivated by the magic of "The Whizbang Machine."

- Author Beth Ann Stifflemire


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After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth's fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG! Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets. Each secret leads them deeper into their families haunted past. Each secret must be revealed in order to set history straight and remove the centuries-old curse. To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions about their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth's father's death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse. The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission?

PRAISE FOR

The Whizbang Machine, Book 1

“An enthusiastic story of action, magic, and familial secrets.”

 KIRKUS

“Vann's characters are well-defined and authentic. The plot is superb, mingling history with mystery.”

 Readers’ Favorite

“Mystery and supernatural elements are paired with strong characterization, believable scenarios and motives… Vann is the next up and coming author to watch for.”

D. Donovan, Sr. Editor Midwest Review

“Danielle A. Vann has crafted an exciting, fast-paced novel for young adults. She kept me enthralled. The story is electrifying. You will not believe the ending.”

Katherine Boyer, Retired Librarian, Board Member of the North Texas Book Festival

“The Whizbang Machine is an incredibly suspenseful book which will have readers of all ages eagerly turning pages with enthusiasm as they wait to see what will become of Elizabeth and her eccentric grandfather, Jack.  Author Danielle A. Vann displays rare talent as a story-teller in this thrilling book which will leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel to this delightfully engaging read.”

Literary Classics

 

Awards & Nominations

2016

International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards: Finalist

Literary Classics: Seal of Approval

Earned Five Star Review Seal from Readers’ Favorite

2017

Nominated to the Texas Library Association’s 2018 – 2019 long list for the Master List & Bluebonnet Award

Amsterdam Book Festival & Writing Contest:  Winner

International Literary Classics Writing Awards: Silver Medal

San Francisco Book Festival & Writing Contest: Runner-Up

North Texas Book Festival & Writing Contest: 2nd Place

          New York Book Festival & Writing Contest:   Runner-Up

          Hollywood Book Festival & Writing Contest: 2nd Place

 

 

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