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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself (Nick and Tesla #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  728 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Quirk Books
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Beth Cato
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's Program.

There's been a lot of buzz about this new Nick and Tesla series for middle grade readers, and the concept intrigued me since my son is eight and loves science.

The book appeals to both girls and boys and uses the old model of mystery novels ala Hardy Boys and Bobsey Twins, but with detailed how-to instructions on building all kinds of cool gadgets. The novel itself is a fast, enjoyable read, and wasn't nearly as predictabl
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sci fi lovers, and as common core fiction
I don't think these were as good as the old mystery series about this grade level, the old Danny Dunn series: (now of course I need to go back and read Danny Dunn if I can find any in the library!) But the premise was similar: a boy about the same age as these twins uses science and the scientific method to work out mysteries. However, this will be a lovely series to hand to patrons who want Common Core fiction. Of course the twins names are a bit too cu ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O carte simpatică pentru copii care mi-a adus aminte de Castelul fetei în alb (Cireşarii vol 2). Copii inventatori, descurcăreţi, o fată la ananghie, un domeniu misterios şi o salvare spectaculoasă - cartea are tot ce-i trebuie pentru a place unui copil de 9-12 ani, plus ceva pe lângă (indicaţii despre cum să faci diverse instalaţii/experimente).
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the first book in a middle grade series especially for kids who like science and mysteries. The main characters, Nick and Tesla (11 year old twins) are sent to their Uncle Newt for the summer because their scientist parents were sent out of the country. To say they are unhappy is an understatement. It is summer vacation and they had many things they were looking forward to. Their Uncle Newt happens to be an eccentric mad scientist, who gives them free reign in his lab. When they build a ...more
Stefani Sloma
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun and exciting. I think this would be perfect for a middle-school-aged library program: a book club/science night. Could do one or more of the experiments in the book and talk about the book itself.

The writing is a bit clunky in parts, but I thought it was a lot of fun overall and the characters are unique and interesting.
Ana-Maria Negrilă
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Copiii pasionați de știință vor găsi o poveste interesantă, plină de mister, dar și experimente amuzante, bazate pe întâmplările din carte.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like science, enjoy mysteries, and love discovering good main characters. This book had all three, so I was pretty happy.

Nick and Tesla (11 year old twins) are sent to their Uncle Newt for the summer because their scientist parents went out of country suddenly to study soybean irrigation. Their Uncle Newt happens to be a pretty clueless mad scientist, and he gives them free reign in his lab. Then they lose something in the yard of a vicious dog-guarded mansion, find a mysterious girl on the t
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nick and Tesla are brother and sister. Their parents have gone to Uzebkistan. They have sent Nick and Tesla to stay with their uncle for the summer. When they arrive they find their uncle covered in orange goo. He is a scientist. He tells Nick and Tesla that they are welcome to use his lab.

When Nick and Tesla go investigating the neighborhood, they find that they will have to get creative building gadgets to save themselves from mean dogs and bad guys. Think the movie Home Alone.

This book is a
Lonna Pierce
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok

Danger! Danger! The warnings against foolhardy use of the electric, explosive, pressurized, toxic, or sharp items listed in this book fill the first page, along with a disclaimer of liability from the author and publisher, of course. This ingenious mystery series about twin science geeks, Nick and Tesla, is interspersed with plans for experiments using homemade electromagnets and bottle rockets. With their parents supposedly on assignment in Uzbekistan, the twins are sent to live with their clue
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Good: This book is such a cool endeavor. The kids are smart, make awesome things and save the day. I loved how this book made science fun. I also loved the experiments and how they included instructions with pictures for readers to be able to try them out on their own. And there was a cliffhanger that definitely enticed me to get right into reading the next book.

The Bad: The actual writing isn't all that great. The sentences were clunky. There was no flow to them at all, so that I had to go
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy for review from Quirk Books. My 9 year old, who read at a middle school level actually plucked this from my hands and read it first. He carried the book around for the day and bookmarked all the projects for us to do. At the end of the book I asked him what he thought of it and he said he really enjoyed the story, the characters and the projects. After prying the book away from him (as he likes to read books more than once) I was able to read it. I thought it was a fun book and ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, but I'll round up for cleverness. Cute middle grade mystery story that features a smart sister and brother team solving crime using science and gadgets. This was a great read aloud for my 10- and 6-year-old sons. Chapters are a good length and there are a few illustrations sprinkled throughout. Also included are plans for building your own gadgets that they use in the book! We haven't tried any yet, but they look fairly accessible.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle
Science! Wacky uncle! MacGyver twins! This was fun.

"But then again, if Trouble had to drive, wouldn't it drive a big, black SUV?"

"Tesla's expression darkened. It was one thing to tell her she was imagining things. But tell her she'd screwed up her circuitry? Watch out."

Pretty bad typo on p.107 - "borthers". But I like the look of the book overall - great design.
Zaid Ahmed
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: last-quarter
Nick and Tesla wanted to determine what was happening in the Old Ladrigan place. But there are 2 big dogs. So they try to disturb the dogs and go and discover things. What will happen? What will they discover?

Always think about your safety...
Joe Santoro
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good for the aspiring scientist... pretty much a cross between Scooby Doo and MacGuyver, with actual explanations of the science tricks that you can do at home.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luke read this book in one day. He says that he'd give this book 100 stars if he could. Guess it was a winner! :)
Whitney Wingerd
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 11 year old rated this on my kindle lol
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise that underpins Bob Pflugfelder’s and Steve Hockensmith’s children’s thriller, Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Novel with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself [Quirk Books, 2013], is interesting: this mystery is a mechanism to get children excited by science by showing them how to build some of the gadgets featured in the book. As the story progresses, the children construct a number of inventions that readers can also build for themselv ...more
Mariuca.  E
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mi se pare o carte drăguță, plina de aventura, din care putem rămâne și cu ceva constructiv. Încă nu am încercat sa construiesc toate mașinăriile propuse de autor în aceasta carte 📙, dar sunt sigura ca urmează sa le încerc. Probabil o sa continui seria și o sa ii las un review și pe YouTube Am citit-o pe o perioada îndelungată, dar nu din vina cărții, ci pentru ca am avut mai multa treaba și nu am apucat sa ma focusez pe citit. În plus ➕ am citit în acest timp și o parte din cartea "Vântul bate ...more
Clayton Hildebrandt
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about twins that have to live with their mad scientist uncle because their parents are 'harvesting beans in Uzbekistan', and so they try to get used to it. Later, they realize that on the corner of the neighborhood there is a house with a girl that seems to be stuck, and when they try to help, they realize that it is a little more complicated...
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
My 8 and 10 year old gave this book 5 stars. They loved the mystery and the actual science experiments with directions. The idea that kids could be scientists was very inspiring to them.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Easy read. Cute. Similar to get Hawking and Nye books, but I preferred those.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book and really liking it at that time.
Tim Lewis
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Premise: Twin siblings Nick and Tesla are sent to live with their Uncle Newt for the summer while their parents study soybean irrigation in Uzbekistan. When they arrive in Half Moon Bay they discover it’s a pretty boring place, but their uncle is far from boring. In his basement is a science lab where he performs various experiments. The incredible thing is that he tells his niece and nephew to have a ball in the lab (with several s
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-teen
Nick and Tesla are eleven-year-old twins who are sent to live with their eccentric, mad scientist of an uncle for the summer in a small town in northern California. Their scientist parents are on a supposed trip to research soybean growth in Uzbekistan (which I am ashamed to say, I didn’t even know was a real country! But it is, I Googled it…so see! This book has something to even offer adults!). Right away the twins know it’s going to be a long summer when their uncle forgets to pick them up fr ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
I discovered this book by pure luck while browsing the shelves at a library. I am so glad that I found Nick and Tesla. The author did a fantastic job of weaving STEM into a compulsively readable story without making it seem forced. I fell in love with our main characters and their wacky uncle. I wish this series was more widely known.
Mishel Forte
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I haven’t really had the chance (or the need and/or desire) to read a lot (or any) middle grade novels. I may be a big kid at heart but middle grade fiction isn’t on the top of my TBR list (or anywhere on the list really). Despite all that I have to say I enjoyed the heck out of Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab! It wasn’t too mature for the intended audience and it wasn’t too immature for a big kid (who isn’t into “kid” fiction) like me to get into. You don’t even have to be a science/te ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through Quirk books in enchange for an honest review. This was a fun middle grade adventure/mystery that I enjoyed reading.

This book is about Nick and Tesla, two twins who end up moving in with their mad scientist uncle when their parents are out of town for the summer on work. At their Uncle's house they accidentally shoot a rocket into the yard of a mansion. When they go to retrieve it they find out that the house is closely guarded and that there is a stran
Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab
by Science Bob Pfugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 4 - 7
Series: Nick and Tesla (Book 1)
ISBN-10: 1594746486 - Hardcover $12.95
Publisher: Quirk Books (November 5, 2013), 240 pages.
Review copy courtesy of Quirk Books.

Eleven-year old twins Nick and Tesla were looking forward to a trip to Disneyland with their parents but a work emergency (soybean irrigation issues in Uzbekistan in the far reaches of the former Soviet Union) for
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first books I've actively sought out to review. Truth be told, I was looking to get a review copy for my son. He's in 6th grade. He's an innovator. He's a thinker. And he's an avid reader, but he is not a fiction-reader. Though I often catch him reading by headlamp in the wee hours of the night, he doesn't care for fiction. "I don't like novels," he claims. His nose is constantly buried in non-fictional works and even science textbooks from our friend who teaches at a local hi ...more
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“Tesla cocked her head to the side.
"Hey," she said. "Do you hear something?"
Nick cocked his head just as his sister had, though he wondered why anyone bother doing that.
Does lifting one ear at an approximately thirty-degree angle really increase one's ability to detect faint noises? he thought. Because he was that sort of kid.”
“Oh,” he said, stopping in the doorway. “I should probably warn you. Your beds might take a little getting used to.” “Why?” Tesla asked. “What’s wrong with them?” When Uncle Newt had shown them their room earlier, the beds had looked normal enough. Not that Nick and Tesla had paid much attention to them. They’d been distracted—and horrified—by the posters haphazardly stapled to the wall: Teletubbies, Elmo, Smurfs, Albert Einstein, and the periodic table. (Nick and Tesla had quickly agreed that the first three would “fall down” and “accidentally” “get ripped” at the first opportunity.) “There’s nothing wrong with your beds, and everything right!” Uncle Newt declared. “I’m telling you, kids. You haven’t slept till you’ve slept on compost!” “What?” Nick and Tesla said together. Even Uncle Newt couldn’t miss the disgust on their faces. “Maybe I’d better come up and explain,” he said. Uncle Newt pulled the comforter off Nick’s bed and revealed something that didn’t look like a bed at all. It was more like a lumpy black sleeping bag with tubes and wires poking out of one end. “Behold!” Uncle Newt said. “The biomass thermal conversion station!” Nick reluctantly gave it a test-sit. It felt like he was lowering himself onto a garbage bag stuffed with rotten old food. Because he was. “As you sleep,” Uncle Newt explained, “your body heat will help decompose food scraps pumped into the unit, which will in turn produce more heat that the convertor will turn into electricity. So, by the time you wake up in the morning, you’ll have enough power to—ta da!” Uncle Newt waved his hands at a coffeemaker sitting on the floor nearby. “Brew coffee?” Tesla said. Uncle Newt gave her a gleeful nod. “We don’t drink coffee,” said Nick. “Then you can have a hot cup of invigorating fresh-brewed water.” “Great,” Nick said. He experimented with a little bounce on his “bed.” He could feel slimy things squishing and squashing beneath his butt. “Comfy?” Uncle Newt asked. “Uhh … kind of,” Nick said. Uncle Newt beamed at his invention. “Patent pending,” he said. Uncle Newt was a gangly man with graying hair, but at that moment he looked like a five-year-old thinking about Christmas. Tesla gave the room a tentative sniff. “Shouldn’t the compost stink?” “Oh, no, no, no, no, no! Each biomass thermal conversion station is completely airtight!” Uncle Newt’s smile wavered just the teeniest bit. “In theory.” Nick opened his mouth to ask another question, but Uncle Newt didn’t seem to notice. “Well,” he said, slapping his hands together, “I guess you two should wash your teeth and brush your faces and all that. Good night!” 0 likes
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