What do a pair of kid inventors with a knack for science and electronics do when Hollywood comes to town? Why save the day, of course!
In Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt find themselves on the set of a big-budget superhero movie. But someone’s sabotaging the onscreen debut of their favorite comic book hero, so the brother and sister sleuths must crack the case with the help of a fresh assortment of homemade special-effects gadgets. This cinematic saga features instructions for all-new movie magic projects that kids can build themselves, such as camera gear, stunt dummies, make-up magic, and more. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!
“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
“Real project blueprints are included along with this tale of 11-year-old siblings who create outrageous contraptions and top-secret gadgets.”—Los Angeles Times
About 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, and Live With Kelly and Michael, among other media outlets.
Steve Hockensmith is the author of a New York Times best seller (Price and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls) and an Edgar Award nominee (Holmes on the Range).
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There was a muffled boom, and then the whole house seemed to rise about half an inch before slamming down again. The lights flickered but stayed on.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Special Effect Movie Sabotage Hollywood has come to Half Moon Bay as famed director Cash Ashkinos is in town to film a Metalman movie. Even better, Nick and Tesla’s friend DeMarco’s Aunt Zoe is a producer on the film, so the trio and their friend Silas will get to tour the set. However, the four friends have hardly arrived on the set when they discover that someone seems set on sabotaging the movie. Since this is Zoe’s big break, the sabotage might just destroy her career. Can Nick and Tesla figure out who is behind the acts without getting kicked off the set? This is another fun mystery with plenty of clues and laughs to keep kids entertained. The jabs at superheroes and Hollywood in general are funny without being mean. The plot moves along quickly and kept me turning pages until the end. There isn’t much new in the ongoing mystery about Nick and Tesla’s parents, so I hope we get to hear more about that soon, but conversations about it lead to some great character development for Nick and Tesla. There are also four projects that kids can enjoy building after they are finished reading the book. The target middle grade audience will continue to enjoy these fun mysteries. I certainly did even if I’m not in that age range. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.