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Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

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Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith will be available from Quirk Books November 5, 2013!

Quirk Books’ newest addition to their outstanding library of both adult and children’s fiction is Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. The book follows brother and sister twins, Nick and Tesla Holt, as they head to Half Moon Bay, California, to spend the summer with their rather eccentric (mad scientist)  Uncle Newt.

The book back states, “To unravel the mysteries (and save their skins), Nick and Tesla must use everyday household objects to build electromagnets, rocket launchers, and other crazy contraptions–and instructions are included throughout the story so you can build them, too!”

The very engaging story follows the twins and friends they make in their neighborhood as they try to sort out the mystery of the “old Landrigan place” and find there is an even deeper mystery to the twins summer “vacation.”  The twins use a variety of inventions that the reader (usually with the supervision of an adult) can make themselves. The instructions included are very clear and easy to follow. Everything from an electromagnet with a wire, a nail, and a D battery to bottle rockets powered with diet cola and Mentos to a bugler alarm made from old Christmas lights and a 9 volt battery. The experiments really work and won’t blow up the house!

The story will pull readers both of any age in and keep them reading until the end. Mysteries, high speed chases, “dogs the size of dinosaurs”, science projects that have a tendency to explode at any moment, mysterious black SUVs and come on, the hero and heroine BOTH named for the most important (and my favorite) scientist of all time, Nikola Tesla, what is there not to love?   And this is just the first book of the series!

Adults will recognize “Science Bob” Pflugfelder from his numerous appearances on The History Channel, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Live with Kelly and Michael. He’s an award winning elementary school science teacher with a knack for making science fun and understandable to people. Steve Hockensmith is the author whose Holmes on the Range series was nominated for an Edgar and his Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls was a New York Times best seller (and one of my personal favorites).

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab will be available November 5, 2013 from Quirk Books.

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

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