“Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles.”—Kirkus Reviews
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourselfby Bob Pflugfelder
When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos! In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the
Nick and Tesla return in an all-new, robot-filled adventure!
When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos! In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four different droids out of ordinary household objects—and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them, too! Make bristlebots that buzz, hoverbots that float above the ground, battlebots that duke it out, and more! Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind—and foil his army of rampaging robots—before it's too late?
Gr 4–7—Nick and Tesla, 11-year-old twin super sleuths, narrowly escaped danger in their first mysterious adventure. The next installment in the series picks up where the first left off-with the twins spending the summer in Half Moon Bay with their eccentric, mad scientist Uncle Newt, while their parents are out of the country (supposedly) working with soybeans. The sleepy little town's only police officer is quickly out of his element when a criminal mastermind strikes. When a valuable comic disappears and other thefts occur, the twins take it upon themselves to uncover the culprit. Authors "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Hockensmith have further developed their characters, while incorporating real science, this time in the form of robots. Step-by-step directions are included using mostly everyday objects, so readers can construct their own hoverbots and robo-roaches, while trying to decipher the clues to the mystery. With a love interest for Uncle Newt, a strong science-loving young girl, and perfectly executed red herrings, this mystery stands alone. A cryptic phone message from the twins' mom suggesting they are in mortal danger will leave fans fervently awaiting book three.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Gadget-happy twins Nick and Tesla return to build some robots and solve a series of burglaries. Sent off to stay with their eccentric uncle Newt in Half Moon Bay, Calif., while their parents do something mysterious and governmental in Uzbekistan, the 11-year-olds have begun to worry. Two weeks have passed without any messages. Now, their already distressingly absent-minded uncle has fallen hard for Hiroko Sakurai, the new owner of the Wonder Hut, the local tinkerer's heaven. But is she behind the burglaries? Like Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab (2013), this sequel features some wild action interspersed with clear instructions for projects that make liberal use of small motors, plastic bottles and tubing, electric wires and a hot-glue gun. The appearance of a series of robots around town inspires Nick, Tesla and their friends to build some of their own, including two jiggling walkers, a flyer and a "robo-bug," as well as a "super-soaker bot blaster." For the most part, these projects are well within the capabilities of middle-grade readers, though the soaker may turn out to be agonizingly fiddly. Less-handy readers will enjoy the humor, the detective work and the threat to the twins revealed in the final pages. A third volume in this series is promised for May. Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles. (Fiction. 9-13)
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- Nick and Tesla Series , #2
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Meet the Author
“Science Bob” Pflugfelder is an elementary school teacher based in Newton, Massachusetts. He has made many television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Dr. Oz Show, Live with Kelly & Michael, and other media outlets. These are his first books. Steve Hockensmith is the author of a New York Times best seller and an Edgar Award nominee. He lives in Alameda, California.
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The duo that took the literary world by storm is back in a brand new, amazingly fun adventure. Nick and Tesla are twins living in a very small town. This was bad before, but now the incessant boredom is even worse because of the huge adventure they just had. Soon, thankfully, a new event happens and Nick and Tesla throw themselves into it with gusto. Their friend’s family business has been robbed; someone has stolen a comic book from their store and the twins vow to get it back. This investigation turns a little odd when, as they’re tracking down the bad guy, they continue to run into robots. The robots seem to be everywhere, from hanging out at the pizza house to standing in other stores around town. Not exactly ‘evil’ buckets of bolts, these robots are actually gifts to the owners of the stores from a brand new resident. Dr. Hiroko Sakurai has opened up a gadget shop in town, and the robots are her way to make friends with the locals. Even though she seems nice, Nick and Tesla feel a bit wary about the new face in town. Using their Uncle’s laboratory in the basement and other normal, everyday things, the twins begin to create their own robots in order to help find the comic book thief and uncover what, exactly, it is about the new resident and her robot army that just doesn’t seem to be on the up-and-up. The diagrams, pictures, and instructions found in this book are awesome. Readers can build the Super-Soaker Bot Blaster and still enjoy a story that is super-cool. Readers who haven’t yet jumped on board with this series should do so immediately! The first book had middle-grade readers hooked, and this one has the ability to hook every age group that wants to explore, learn new things, and have a ball. Quill says: Nick & Tesla offer a brilliant spark to fiction, and make science the most fun it’s ever been!