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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself by [Pflugfelder, Bob, Hockensmith, Steve]
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Gr 4–6—Twins Nick and Tesla are sent to stay with their uncle while their parents travel abroad. Uncle Newt is a mad scientist, which suits the kids, who are both science enthusiasts. When they make a rocket that lands in the yard of a creepy house, they discover that not only are the grounds protected by Rottweilers, but there's a girl on the second floor who urges them to leave. Meeting up with neighborhood kids DeMarco and Silas, they investigate and find a suspicious SUV following them and a nefarious plot they help to foil. Narrator MacLeod Andrews does a terrific job fully voicing this adventure, making the twins distinguishable and giving every other character a unique voice. Andrews is able to show Nick's cautious nature and Silas's fear. Because the text contains science projects the readers can build, Andrews does his best with the list of items needed and the instructions, though there are references to a booklet that is not included. The experiments sound difficult and most need adult assistance, but kids will likely be fascinated if they can get them to work. The characters are clever and empathetic, while the plot is fast-paced though ridiculous. Recommended for larger collections, especially those with budding scientists.—C.A. Fehmel, St. Louis County Library, MO

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Eleven-year-old twins Nick and Tesla are a little gloomy about spending the summer with their eccentric inventor uncle, Newt, while their parents are overseas. But once Newt gives them free rein of his very messy, probably very dangerous lab, they’re a little more optimistic. Their inventions—the illustrated directions for which are included in each chapter—lead them to a creepy mansion guarded by rottweilers and thugs, where a ghostly girl lurks in the upper windows. Brave, no-nonsense Tesla and slightly skittish Nick are well-rounded, bright kids who use deductive reasoning to build gadgets and outsmart the thugs. Though some inventions are potentially hazardous—an electromagnet made out of a battery and a nail, for instance, could burn little fingers—Pflugfelder, an elementary-school science teacher, carefully warns readers of the potential dangers. Apart from the tantalizing experiments, the authors have crafted an engaging, entertaining mystery peppered with intrepid kids, perilous action, and a cartoonishly silly absentminded inventor. Though Nick and Tesla successfully solve this STEM-themed mystery, a planned sequel means there are plenty more gadget-fueled investigations in their future. Grades 4-7. --Sarah Hunter

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  • File Size: 18548 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (November 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQZ5MF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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