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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491544430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491544433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—Nick and Tesla, 11-year-old twin super sleuths, narrowly escaped danger in their first mysterious adventure. The next installment in the series picks up where the first left off-with the twins spending the summer in Half Moon Bay with their eccentric, mad scientist Uncle Newt, while their parents are out of the country (supposedly) working with soybeans. The sleepy little town's only police officer is quickly out of his element when a criminal mastermind strikes. When a valuable comic disappears and other thefts occur, the twins take it upon themselves to uncover the culprit. Authors "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Hockensmith have further developed their characters, while incorporating real science, this time in the form of robots. Step-by-step directions are included using mostly everyday objects, so readers can construct their own hoverbots and robo-roaches, while trying to decipher the clues to the mystery. With a love interest for Uncle Newt, a strong science-loving young girl, and perfectly executed red herrings, this mystery stands alone. A cryptic phone message from the twins' mom suggesting they are in mortal danger will leave fans fervently awaiting book three.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

“Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles.”—Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The story is fun and adds to the understanding very well.
Half Fast Farmer
The neat thing about this story is that it contains instructions and blueprints for five different robot projects that actually work.
Guerrilla Reader
The Nick and Tesla series are highly entertaining books that are sure to keep your kids interested.
Rob Huddleston

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on February 1, 2014
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My 12-year-old son is very into science (probably helped by the fact that he attends an environmental science charter school), so I got this book hoping that he would like it (especially the robots, as he's currently doing LEGO robotics). Unfortunately, that was not the case. He said the book was "OK" but it didn't really seem to hold his attention very well. When he was finished, I took my turn, and it was...OK. I liked the blueprints and instructions for kids to build their own robots out of mostly common materials, the story was decent...but I found myself not really getting into it. I think this would be a book for younger age range, say around 4th or 5th grade. They would probably find themselves more interested in the robotics storyline and in the instructions to build their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2014
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A sometimes reluctant reader, my boyfriend's son launched into this book when he found out there are robot blueprints inside that he can (still hasn't yet) build himself. He really enjoyed the story but was definitely motivated to read based on the fun he plans to have building his own robots.

He read the entire book and liked it. I was afraid he would just jump to the blueprints and be done with it. However, he enjoyed the story enough to get engaged and stay engaged. That's awesome in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Stewart VINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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Nick and Tesla are just ordinary inquisitive kids, who happen to have an eccentric uncle. Uncle Nick also has a basement lab, which Nick and Tesla get to use for their own experiments. Nick and Tesla, whose parents are also scientists, come to California from Virginia to spend time with Uncle Nick while their parents were sent overseas for scientific study. Thus begins an adventure many children would love to have.

While staying at Uncle Nick's, a rash of robberies hits the little town where the children are staying. Following their scientific bent, Nick and Tesla build four different droids using household items to help combat the crime spree.

This is the second of the Nick and Tesla series by authors "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, a science teacher, and Steve Hockensmith. A third is due out in May 2014. Pflugfelder and Hockensmith have crafted stories that will not only encourage children who already have an adventurous bent, but also those who may not think they like science.

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage encourages children to explore outside a classroom or even a science lab. In addition to the fun story, this book includes simple projects that can be done at home under adult supervision. As a homeschool mom, I appreciate this, so children can learn to explore on their own to understand scientific principles. The projects are written such that older children can easily do them on their own. Just provide the supplies (the most dangerous of which is a battery) and be nearby to answer questions.

I do think some older children will find Uncle Nick a little too eccentric, as I did. In fact, in the beginning I found too much focus on Uncle Nick. Even I wanted to quickly get to the part where the experiments are done. That doesn't, however, ruin the story.

Parents may want to gather the project supplies before handing the book to their children. They will want to dive right in and build a robot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guerrilla Reader VINE VOICE on November 29, 2013
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Review of "Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself," by Bob Pflugfelder, and Steven Hockensmith.

I received this book from Vine in exchange for an honest review.

In this book Nick and Tesla, two twins, help their friend Silas find his father's quite valuable stolen comic book in order to save his store Hero Worship, Inc. With the help of their Uncle Newt, a brilliant but quirky character, the twins build their own robots which are used to recover the comic book and then are used to defend against the thief and his own army of robots! This is the second book of the series. The neat thing about this story is that it contains instructions and blueprints for five different robot projects that actually work. My son and I are currently building the Explorer Bot and so far it has been a fun venture. My son stated that the back story flows from the first book which would have made this one easier to understand at first but clearly it can stand on its own as well. He really enjoyed the book and I think that your children will too! Five stars.
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By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 11, 2014
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At first from the title "Robot Army Rampage" you would think that it's about robots that become self aware and takes over the world. Well it's not. It's about a small town where things go missing. A super rare comic book, some jewels, and other things. The comic book was owned by two kids' friend's father and they were going to sell it. The kids make and use various robots to help solve the mystery of the missing items. The really cool thing about the book is that the robots are available to build. The book has a few blueprints to make the robots mentioned in the stories. The book is only the second book in the series and you don't really have to read the first book to understand the second book. Overall this is a fun book that you can read with your child and make robots. It's something different and I really like it. It may start the budding career of a whole new generation of robotists!
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