The Whizbang Machine Series, Book 2
by Danielle A. Vann
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Yale clings to life. Her plan to save the Whizbang machine backfires.
As her grandfather Jack feverishly works to save her, the Whizbang factory begins to topple down around them. Narrowly escaping, the pair realizes the Whizbang machine is missing. As Tunney’s curse rages out of control, no one in the quaint Dutch town of Leiden is safe. No one is free from suspicion either.
Jack and Elizabeth must follow the clues Elizabeth’s deceased father, Jesse, left behind to unravel the secrets of George Tunney’s shady past and stop the curse. This all must be done before Elizabeth’s mother’s 40th birthday—which is mere days away. As they dig, the pair, alongside Detective Henry, are sent on a wild chase that takes them into the dark underbelly of the Netherlands, into the city’s canals looking for a sunken clock, through the private chambers of a Queen, and into the dark face of danger.
Each new secret exposed only deepens the mystery. Will they gather the clues and stop the curse in time? Is someone among them really working for the other side? Will someone fall to the curse once and for all?
A Note From the Publisher
"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.
The Whizbang Machine is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval."
"The Whizbang Machine is an exciting and fast-paced novel that follows Elizabeth and her grandfather, Jack, as they follow the trail of clues relating to the strange typewriter which bears Elizabeth's initials on it. Along the way, they discover hidden documents, share in an amazing genealogical trip into their family's past, and travel to Leiden in the Netherlands. Vann's characters are well-defined and authentic, and I especially appreciated Elizabeth's resilience, imagination and courage as she teams with Grandpa Jack. The plot is superb, mingling history with mystery as the two persist in following their clues, despite the dangers they come up against. I actually found that this book ended all too soon. The Whizbang Machine, Book 1 is most highly recommended." Jack Magus
"Mystery and supernatural elements are paired with strong characterization, believable scenarios and motives, and a host of challenges that keep Elizabeth and Jack ontheir toes. Readers will enjoy an ever-quickening pace asthe two race against time to solve a series of impossible problems, with the Royal typewriter pushing them to hone their sleuthing skills before it's too late.
The result is a beautifully written page-turner recommendedfor advanced middle school readers to adults: one that does an excellent job ofbuilding its plot and characters and surrounds them with a mystery spiced withthe dilemma of a Royal curse that may prove undefeatable, if the two familymembers can't solve it once and for all." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann is an engrossing tale loosely based on the invention of the Royal typewriter. Although fiction, the story unfolds on basic foundations associated with the creation of one of the most famous typewriter factories in our history. Vann's research on the subject is evident in her tightly woven story, and makes what I believe to be a fascinating novel for all ages. This reviewer sees the possibility of adding The Whizbang Machine to the list of young adult titles used in a classroom language arts curriculum. There is a multi-faceted accumulation of research and writing topics within this novel that any public school teacher would embrace. I really enjoyed the story, and see it as a great book for reluctant readers." Reviewed By Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
"Ms. Vann really knocked it out of the park! I highly recommend this fun and exciting adventure! This wonderful story captured my attention and imagination throughout! It's the riveting tale of a young girl who must simultaneously solve a mystery and also save her own and her mother's life. Elizabeth Yale encounters the intriguing Whizbang machine and it soon takes her on an exciting journey with her grandfather Jack Yale. The Whizbang Machine is a well-written thriller with excellent description. Ms. Vann really knocked it out of the park! I highly recommend this fun and exciting adventure!" Author Susan P. ClarkDanielle Vann has crafted an exciting, fast-paced novel for young adults. She kept me enthralled as I read "The Whizbang Machine". Combine a rascally grandfather, a very curious teenager with a strange typewriter and the possibilities are almost endless. Together they have some strange adventures that lead from the US to the Netherlands. The story is "electrifying". Katherine Boyer, Retired Librarian
The second installment to the award-winning book, The Whizbang Machine. Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Yale clings to life. Her plan to save the Whizbang machine has backfired. As her grandfather Jack feverishly works to save her, the Whizbang factory begins to topple down around them. Narrowly escaping, the pair realizes the Whizbang machine is missing. As Tunney's curse rages out of control, no one in the quaint Dutch town of Leiden is safe. No one is free from suspicion either. An epic game of telephone where a family's haunt past is dispelled by an enchanted typewriter. History is not correct and threatens the lives of everyone involved until the record is set straight.
*Finalist International Readers' Favorite Writing Awards.
*Book 1 & Book 2 Optioned by Audible for download and physical content.
*Holds Literary Classics Seal.e spent endless days writing and crafting wild characters out of thin air. As Danielle grew, that love for writing sparked a career in journalism. She began her career as a scriptwriter and then moved into a flourishing career as a news reporter, food reporter, and morning/evening news anchor. That career earned her an Associate Press Award.
*Placed 2 out of 1,000 entries, missing first place by .10th of point, in YA writing contest, North Texas Book Festival, April 2017.
*Over 30 media, print and on-air appearances booked.
*Danielle A. Vann visits schools ranging from elementary to university level teaching and sharing her knowledge on writing and the literary world. She developed a program called The Unstoppable Young Writer. She is often called to guest host and MC events. Her background is in news. As a former news anchor, reporter, producer, and scriptwriter her platform is vast.