Title: Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab
Author: Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Series: Nick and Tesla #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Source/Format: Publisher / Hardcover, 240 pages
Opening Sentence: “Someone climbed into Joe Devlin’s cab, and he put down his newspaper and looked in the rearview mirror and started to say “Where to?””
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Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they’re sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It’s not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own—engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.
In Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, we meet the characters and learn how to make everything from rocket launchers to soda-powered vehicles. Learning about science has never been so dangerous—or so much fun!
Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab is probably the coolest title I’ve ever seen for a book. It pulls you right in, doesn’t it? Cool title or not, the book itself was a good read as well. It was made for younger kids so obviously at some points I felt like rolling my eyes, but you have to keep perspective.
The plot was simple but moving at the same time. There was more going on than “Oh, no! My summer is boring.” Real danger and conflict took place in the lives of the characters. I loved that this book didn’t look down on its readers. Nothing was “dumbed down” or simplified for the sake of being easier to understand and I really appreciated it.
On top of that there were a few cool projects within the story as well. Nick and Tesla often made inventions to assist them in their adventures and instructions were included so the reader could make them as well. I didn’t make any myself, but I’m definitely thinking about it.
Overall, Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab was an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend it to the kids I know and even older people, like myself, who still enjoy a good middle grade read.