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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 Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith and Scott Garrett


Overview - Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they're sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency.  Read more...

 
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More About Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder; Steve Hockensmith; Scott Garrett
 
 
 
Overview
Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they're sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It's not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own--engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.
In Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, we meet the characters and learn how to make everything from rocket launchers to soda-powered vehicles. Learning about science has never been so dangerous--or so much fun

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594746482
  • ISBN-10: 1594746486
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 237
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

A summer with Uncle Newt turns into a wild ride for 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla Holt. First there’s Uncle Newt himself, a scatterbrained inventor who has them sleeping on a “biomass thermal conversion center”—i.e., a bag of compost. Then there’s the creepy old house nearby with locked grounds and guard dogs, where Nick sees a mysterious girl in the window. And what’s up with the black SUV following them everywhere? Pflugfelder and Hockensmith get their Nick and Tesla series off to a strong start, with narration divided between the siblings and five plot-related DIY activities interspersed, such as making an “intruder alert system” from a string of Christmas tree lights. Fearless Tesla and sensitive Nick are a tenacious and entertaining team, and their new friends and offbeat uncle create a strong supporting cast. The mystery of the girl in the house is wrapped up nicely, yet the stage is clearly set for future action. Garrett’s blue-tinted cartoons accentuate the plot’s more dramatic moments, and a sharp overall design, with circuitry diagrams flanking the pages, gives the book a polished, classic look. Ages 9–12. (Nov.)

 
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