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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator is a work of dramatic adventure fiction written for young adults and was penned by author Michael Scott Clifton. Our hero is the titular character Edison, whose involvement in a tragic accident at the age of five has left him paralyzed from the waist down ever since. Born into a massive technological company owned by his family, Edison has surrounded himself with tech and become a child genius. So when his grandfather rips him from his comfort zone and makes him enroll in a public school aged twelve, the world is about to change more rapidly than he could ever imagine.
Author Michael Scott Clinton’s experience in the world of education really shows in his portrayal of the difficulties of school life, and this makes for a truly heartfelt emotional arc to what is also a fantastic tale of invention, courage, and adventure. The presentation of central character Edison is warm but fair, showing the young protagonist for all his successes and his flaws. This makes for an endearing hero and a great representation of disability in teen fiction that doesn’t play on gimmicks or sugarcoat the school experience for kids in wheelchairs. I particularly enjoyed the use of dialogue in the piece because it created a truer sense of character amongst Edison and his fellow students. Overall, Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator is an excellent and highly recommended read for teens and mature middle-grade readers to expand and diversify their social horizons.