Liam, the endearing protagonist in WORLD’S WORST TIME MACHINE, is only trying to find a prop for his homework assignment at the neighbor’s garage sale. Instead he comes away with a not so reliable time machine.

Now that Liam has the time travel contraption he decides to summon the real Thomas Edison as the best find of all time for his school report. Instead he gets some kid named Tommy, a wanna be gangster from the 1930s. With help from best friend Elsa, they work together to find a way to get Tommy, a few other gangsters, and Liam’s parents back to where they belong.

The often laugh out loud, third person narration is accompanied by illustrations that add more fun to the story. The 26 chapters zip by with the characters and plot leading the way. A bonus in the back pages is a Meet the Cast section where you get the background on a few of the real life people from our history depicted in the book. There’s also a quick teaser as to where this story is headed next.

Those less excited about reading will find a partner in this story. It’s perfect for someone just getting into Middle Grade books. World’s Worst Time Machine is available now in paperback and hardback editions.


Dustin Brady writes books for kids who think they hate reading. His Trapped in a Video Game series has sold over one million copies because— as it turns out—there are a lot of kids who think they hate reading. Dustin lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, three kids, and a small dog named Nugget. He honestly can’t believe he gets to do this for a living. (Dustin’s Author Website)

Dave Bardin is a freelance illustrator and animator residing in Southern California who has worked on a variety of project with some of the biggest names in media. When Dave drew his very first comic book at the age of nine, he knew he had found what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. When he isn’t at the drawing board, Dave can be found riding his bike by the beach, going on driving adventures with his very cool wife, and spending time with his friends and family.


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  1. Sounds a great book, fun for both the reluctant and the keen reader! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The cover and the title will attract readers. It sounds like a fun read for kids moving into MG books. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Susan Uhlig Ford says:

    Sounds so fun!

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