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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Adventures of Vin Fiz written by Clive Cussler

The Adventures of Vin Fiz
Clive Cussler is an author of many adult adventure novels featuring a character named Dirk Pitt. I have long enjoyed his stories. I was very curious when I first heard about The Adventures of Vin Fiz, because not all "adult" authors are able to relate to, and write for, kids. The adventures that ten-year-old twins, Lacey and Casey Nicefolk, have are enchanting, interesting, full of danger, and creative - the way adventures should be. This story begins when a mysterious man, Sucoh Sucop, came to their farm looking for work. With him, Sucoh brought his donkey pulling a small wagon. He had a secret, a magical machine that could make a toy, like a toy tractor, into a real working machine. When Sucoh leaves the farm, he lets the twins in on his secret - soon Casey has made a toy antique airplane. Casey then uses the machine to make it real. He names the plane "Vin Fiz" after his favorite soda pop.

What daring adventures Casey and Lacey have, as they fly overland from their home in Castroville, California all the way to New York, New York.

This book is a great read for children who have just become "readers" and are moving into early chapter books - about 2nd - 4th grades. The story is magical - reminiscent of other fantasy adventures such as Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and The Wizard of Oz.

Cussler has also provided interesting information about the real Vin Fiz, built by the Wright brothers . He has dedicated this book, The Adventures of Vin Fiz, to the man who made the first transcontinental flight in 1911 - Calbraith Perry Rodgers. The historical note should, hopefully, lead readers of Cussler's book to search for more information about early aircraft and their pilots.

Thank you Mr. Cussler for this fine adventure story for kids. Now I'm looking forward to finding out about Casey and Lacey's next adventure. There was something about a boat . . .

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