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The Resource Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab : a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself, by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith ; illustrations by Scott Garrett

Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab : a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself, by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith ; illustrations by Scott Garrett

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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
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Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab
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a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself
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by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith ; illustrations by Scott Garrett
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High-voltage danger lab
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a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself
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eng
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After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries
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  • Gr 3 – 7 — Eleven-year-old twins Nick and Tesla are sent to live with their absentminded Uncle Newt for the summer while their parents are in Karakalpakstan (a region of Uzbekistan) working on soybean irrigation (or are they?). When the kids arrive, their uncle is nowhere to be seen and when they find him glued to his basement laboratory floor in a giant orange blob, it is the first clue that they are in for a wacky summer. The twins have no time to be homesick when strange things start occurring-a black SUV seems to be following them and there's a mysterious girl in a window of a creepy "haunted" house. Befriended by two local kids, the foursome devise clever contraptions designed to outwit ferocious rottweilers (a Mints-and-Soda Fueled Robocat Dog Distracter) and solve the mysterious happenings before it's too late. The authors concoct experiments that science buffs will be delighted to try, with clear instructions and illustrations included (plus safety warnings about having an adult present and helping). Part mystery, part mad science, the story unfolds at a quick pace and is only a smidge far-fetched. With some unexpected plot twists and turns, and a cliff-hanger pointing to the next book in the series, the story will leave readers wondering what mayhem will be forthcoming.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA --Michele Shaw (Reviewed November 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 11, p103)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed September 30, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 39, p)
  • Sent to spend the summer with a mad-scientist uncle in California, 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla explore a mysterious, no-longer-abandoned mansion with gadgets they invent and readers can build. In this fast-paced adventure in which the twins inadvertently foil a kidnapping, there are further mysteries: Why is that black SUV following them, and just what are their parents doing in Uzbekistan? There's danger lurking: a pair of Rottweiler guard dogs, a neighbor girl who stands in the window with a sign that says "Go Away," and two men who don't want intruders. Their uncle's lab, with its "Keep Out" sign, is full of intriguing and useful--if possibly explosive--material. Tesla is a girl with guts and good ideas; Nick is equally clever but more cautious. The instructions for making a rocket launcher, a robo-cat, a semi-invisible nighttime van tracker, an alarm and an electromagnet are clear and the diagrams helpful. Opportunities for humor abound, especially in the character of the distracted inventor uncle, first seen covered with sticky orange slime. Art includes circuit board plans and circuit diagrams; pencil illustrations show the twins and their friends, DeMarco and Silas. A sequel, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage, is scheduled for 2014. A promising first offer in a series that offers plenty of appeal for middle-grade and middle school readers. (Adventure. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2013)
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10232722
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IEP
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1967-
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Pflugfelder, Bob
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
680L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.P44867
LC item number
Ni 2013
Literary form
fiction
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  • 3
  • 7
Reading level
4.8
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  • Hockensmith, Steve
  • Garrett, Scott
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True
Series statement
Nick and Tesla
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Brothers and sisters
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  • Science
Target audience
juvenile
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a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself
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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 "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith ; illustrations by Scott Garrett
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998383
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
237 pages
Isbn
9781594746482
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(hc)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations (chiefly color)
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  • (Sirsi) i9781594746482
  • (OCoLC)861634542
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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 "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith ; illustrations by Scott Garrett
Publication
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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998383
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
237 pages
Isbn
9781594746482
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(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
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  • (Sirsi) i9781594746482
  • (OCoLC)861634542

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