Authors: Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Series: Nick and Tesla (Book 4)
Publication: Quirk Books (October 7, 2014)
Description: Bright siblings—and amateur inventors—Nick and Tesla Holt are back in this fourth installment of their whiz-bang middle-grade series. This time, the twins are out to save science itself, as they race against the clock to figure out why a robotic assortment of history’s greatest scientists and inventors keeps going haywire. Is this sabotage, robo-geddon…or something more sinister? To unravel the mystery, they’ll have to keep adding all-new gadgets to their cyborg glove as they stay one step ahead of a hidden adversary. Together with zany scientist Uncle Newt and their friends Silas and DeMarco, Nick and Tesla won’t give up until an answer is found…but can they do it before time runs out? In this book, readers will learn how to construct a super-cyborg gadget glove that has four incredible functions: LED signal light, ultra-loud emergency alarm, handy sound recorder, and UV secret message revealer. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!
My Thoughts: The fourth book in the Nick and Tesla series is filled with action, mystery, and lots of science too. Nick and Tesla's uncle has been called to a new museum to work on the animatronics that will populate the Hall of Genius. It appears someone is sabotaging them. The kids, along with their friends Silas and DeMarco, have come along and are busy looking around the museum.
Lots of suspicious things are happening. They want to learn who is sabotaging the exhibit and why. They have lots of suspects from the curator who doesn't like the way things are changing at the museum to the new head of the museum who is busy marketing the opening to the computer guy who is so busy promoting his band and to the guy in the owl suit.
The story has the running joke of the difficulty of finding their way around the back areas of the museum and the conflicting directions everyone gives. It also has the kids creating a gadget glove that has a signal, an alarm, a recorder, and a bad guy tracker. Kids (and parents) who like to tinker are given step-by-step directions for completing their own gadget glove.
I liked that readers could learn lots about famous scientists while reading this book. I also liked the relationships between the kids. Tesla is the daring twin while Nick is the more cautious, voice of reason twin. Even though they are different personalities, they support each other in this story.
Fans of mysteries, science and inventions will enjoy this action-packed series. I love the touches of humor in the stories too.
If there's one thing you should never say to Tesla Holt, it's "I know something you don't know." Because before long, she'll find a way to make that statement untrue.I received this book from Quirk books for review. You can buy your copy here.