Cyclone by Maureen Cronin is a wonderful book. In this touching story we meet middle grade Nora who finds herself suffering grief and self-blame after blackmailing her cousin into riding “the Cyclone,” the world famous Coney Island roller coaster. It all goes horribly wrong when the the ride causes her cousin Riley to collapse mere steps from the coaster before falling into a coma.
The pressure grows when Nora becomes suspicious of an unknown man who has been calling Riley. Nora and her family have a lot to deal with. I would recommend this book for those aged ten and up. I rate this book 4½ out of 5 stars because it pulls you in and keeps you hooked with many cliffhangers. The author does an especially great job of describing the characters' experiences in the hospital. This book was very difficult to put down!