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Mystery and Science Equals Fun,
This review is from: Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself (Hardcover)
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11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla are not having the summer they'd planned. Instead of relaxing with friends and a family trip to Disneyland, they are hustled off to their uncle's when their parents have to rush off to Uzbekistan for some kind of soy bean irrigation breakthrough. Ah, the life of government scientists' kids.
They haven't seen Uncle Newt in years. He's a cross between a mad scientists and an absent minded professor. Not exactly the best guardian, but he lets them have (almost) free reign of his lab. That's how Nick and Tesla come to build a water powered rocket. But on its first flight, it lands in the yard of a mysterious house. Trying to get it back, Nick and Tesla stumble on something strange. What is happening? And will their gadgets help them solve the case?
This book aimed at middle grade readers should be a big hit. The story is interesting, but the gadgets that Nick and Tesla make to help them solve the case will really appeal to the audience. There are instructions for recreating the gadgets in the book, and kids will love that aspect of things.
As far as the mystery goes, it started a little slowly, but once it got going it was very interesting. It's a short book, and I think it will appeal to young readers who are reluctant to pick up a book. The characters were a little shallow, but kids won't care. And what do you expect from 230 odd pages.
This will make a great Christmas gift, giving kids something to read and then given them ideas for projects after they are done. In other words, it will keep them occupied during the break.
Personally? I'm already looking forward to the sequel.