Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle

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After foiling a gang of kidnappers and fending off an army of robots, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt could use a little rest! But as their third mystery opens, they discover there’s a spy in their midst, searching for secrets in the home of their beloved (and slightly crazy) Uncle Newt. Is it the new laboratory assistant? The exterminator? The housekeepers? Or someone completely unexpected? To expose the mystery agent, Nick and Tesla must engineer all kinds of outrageous contraptions, from code wheels ...

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Overview

After foiling a gang of kidnappers and fending off an army of robots, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt could use a little rest! But as their third mystery opens, they discover there’s a spy in their midst, searching for secrets in the home of their beloved (and slightly crazy) Uncle Newt. Is it the new laboratory assistant? The exterminator? The housekeepers? Or someone completely unexpected? To expose the mystery agent, Nick and Tesla must engineer all kinds of outrageous contraptions, from code wheels and fingerprint powder to spy cameras and burglar detectors. Best of all, instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build the projects, too!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“How do you connect students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with fiction reading? Look for science adventures. Get started with the NICK AND TESLA series. Each book contains an engaging adventure revolving around a “build-it-yourself” science project.”—Teacher Librarian

“...this high-speed caper with comical characters, clever kid detectives, and an ever-deepening mystery (with a cliff-hanger, of course) will keep the pages turning.”—Booklist
 
“With the promise of more mystery, science, and humor to come, children will be anxiously waiting for more adventures—and more inventions—from Nick and Tesla.”—School Library Journal

“Fast-paced, suspenseful and enlivened with grayscale illustrations, this is appealing middle-grade reading… [and] the continuing mystery will keep readers wanting more.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
A strange message from their mother leads Tesla and Nick to assume everyone wants to spy on them at their Uncle’s house, especially when Tesla’s tracking devise disappears right under her nose. A string of zany, outrageous characters, from an exterminator to maids, head the list of possible spies. Our young heroes enlist the help of two friends to create a variety of wild gadgets to thwart the devious attacks from multiple enemies. The story is never obvious; the unusual plot and action bring it alive, despite its static characters. The added bonus of actual spy gadgets built from household items enhances the storyline, but make it critical that the adult restriction section at the beginning of the book be read. Although the book looks long, the simple sentence structure, illustrations, and pages of spyware instructions create a fast-reading book that should capture both male and female readers. This book is part of the “Nick and Tesla” series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Determined to uncover the identity of the secret agent who seems to be right inside their uncle Newt's house with them, 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla construct a variety of spy-revealing gadgets in this third of an ongoing mystery-and-how-to series. When an unfinished phone message from their mother reveals that there is someone nearby they can't trust—and the message is suddenly erased—Nick and Tesla begin to see spies everywhere. Is it Oli, Uncle Newt's new apprentice, who's obviously not from Australia? Is it Skip, the exterminator from Verminator Pest Control, or Ethel and Gladys from Maids-to-Order? All these strangers are suspiciously hanging around the house where Uncle Newt is supposed to be keeping them safe while their parents are away on a shadowy mission. The inventive twins construct a fingerprint finder, alarm, spy camera and code wheels to use with their friends Silas and DeMarco, who help their investigations. Even Uncle Newt joins in at the end to distract the discovered evildoers with his mashed-banana–filled balloon weaponry. Instructions and diagrams are provided so that readers can do the same. Fast-paced, suspenseful and enlivened with grayscale illustrations, this is appealing middle-grade reading. Hot-glue–gun fans will barely need the story that surrounds this new set of do-it-yourself gadget projects, but the continuing mystery will keep readers wanting more. (Adventure. 9-13)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 4–6—With a penchant for inventing and sleuthing, 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla return for a third mystery. The siblings have been visiting their Uncle Newt, an eccentric scientist, for the summer, while their parents work on a mysterious government project in Uzbekistan. After receiving a cryptic message from their mother warning them of a potential spy, Nick begins to suspect everyone of espionage, while Tesla is not so sure—until the pendant her parents gave her is stolen. The list of possible culprits is lengthy, including Uncle Newt's burly new apprentice, a pair of geriatric maids, a spider-fearing exterminator, and a disgruntled neighbor with an affinity for garden gnomes. Using their ingenuity and science know-how—and a multitude of homemade gadgets—the twins catch the thief and uncover a few more clues about the true nature of their parents' work. Although the third in a series, this entertaining and humorous whodunit is straightforward enough that it can be read as a stand-alone. Cautious Nick and confident Tesla are both well defined, as is the quirky cast of comical characters that surrounds them. As with the previous books, instructions for each of Nick and Tesla's inventions are included, giving resourceful children the opportunity to make their own gadgets. With the promise of more mystery, science, and humor to come, children will be anxiously waiting for more adventures—and more inventions—from Nick and Tesla.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594746765
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Nick and Tesla Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 120,695
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

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    You havn't posted at victor yet

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    Posted November 20, 2014

    CYOA

    "Im fine on my own Auntie." You tell her. She looks angry when you say that. "Okay sweetie, just DONT go in the basment. She says. Have fun!" Why doesnt she want me tto go in the basement? You wonder. You have an urge to go down but you might get in trouble. <p> <p> To go in the basement, go to victor res 1 <p> if you choose to look somewhere else, go to coward res 1

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Another great story for Nick and Tesla. In this adventure they a

    Another great story for Nick and Tesla. In this adventure they are trying to find out who is spying on them. The authors provided us with a handful of very humorous possibilities. I loved watching Nick and Tesla try to figure out each and every one of them. The techniques they used and the gadgets they build have instructions that are very easy to follow once again. It was a perfect mix of fun and education. My 11 year old daughter is loving this series as well. 




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest revew*

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