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Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself

(Nick and Tesla #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Nick and Tesla return in an all-new, robot-filled adventure!

When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos!

In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Quirk Books
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Kayla Eklund
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Lately I've been going through this reading phase where all I want to read is middle grade. Recently, I read Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab. I loved it so much that I started the second book, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage immediately. While I didn't love it as much as the first book, I still thought it was an enjoyable sequel.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't enjoy Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage as much as the first book in the series. There was just something magi
Wayne McCoy
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself' by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith is both a mystery and a series of home science projects that the reader can make at home.

Nick and Tesla's parents are away on a mysterious trip, so the kids are left in the care of their eccentric uncle Newt who lives in Half Moon Bay. When a series of strange robots show up right before a series of crimes starts happening in town, the ki
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab is almost entirely an all-around improvement — which is something, considering I rated the first a 4.3 out of five. The humour is perhaps the standout: ramped up somehow, intangibly, there are a lot of funny situations and conversations which Nick and Tesla find themselves in, and the authors don't hesitate to use the most prominent adult, their Uncle Newt, for comic relief.
"You're just trying to provoke me," Nick said. "You know I'm just a
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm obviously not the targeted audience, but this is now my favorite new series. I have also passed it on to three other adult friends who are just as enamored as I am. So, if you like a little mystery and a great deal of fun science projects, then this book is a must have.

In the second installment of Nick and Tesla's mysteries, the two young detectives are determined to help their new found friends catch a thief. It seems that a comic book worth quite a lot of money has been stolen with
Beth Cato
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of the book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. It's a sequel to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, which I also read and reviewed through the program.

This series for middle graders brings together two elements in a fun way: the old-fashioned children's mystery novel like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, with interspersed science projects that use basic around-the-house materials to make cool stuff. This time around, 12-year-old twins Nick and Tesla (Tesla
Dec 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was excited to read this book because I know Half Moon Bay, so even a fictionalized version made me think I was in for some fun. But the writing of this story did not work for me. The clichéd characters were such an insult to their own stereotypes (do we really need another absent minded professor mad scientist uncle?) and the kids this is geared to deserve something more smartly written. The book is a great concept, however, and I hope it inspires some kids. If families take the time to build ...more
We join Nick and Tesla on another daring adventurous mystery! Things are stolen and it could be robots! I enjoyed this. So did my son. We are gearing up to make all the fun robots they have instructions for at the end of various chapters.

I really enjoy Tesla's character. She's always the one thinking on her feet and getting the stuff done. And they have a continuing mystery arc involving their spy parents. Are Nick and Tesla in danger? Are their parents?

Looking forward to the next one.

*I receive
Literary  Chanteuse
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-mystery
For middle graders who enjoy a scientific mystery with fun and adventure. This story proves it pays to be smart. A brother and sister team along with a few quirky characters definitely add to the entertainment. Throw in a few robots with how to make instructions and you've got a dynamite book. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sheila Read
Jun 17, 2013 marked it as to-read
I might read it than donate it to the local cancer center.
Clayton Hildebrandt
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this book the twins are helping a friend of theirs when they realize that their most prized possession was taken. When they try to help by going to a robotic store, they realize that the robotic store is the reason!
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Another great mystery and kid-friendly experiments!
Tim Lewis
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Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the first Nick and Tesla book and was excited to read this one. I liked this book even better than the first one, it was a fun and quick read with some neat gadgets to build throughout.

When Nick and Tesla’s friend has a valuable comic book stolen from their parents’ comic book shop he is desperate to get it back. Nick and Tesla promise to look into the mystery. When they do they find out tha
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage
Author: Science Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Read by: Macleod Andrews
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 4 CDs, approximately 3 hours, 47 minutes
Source: Kewaunee Public Library. Thank-you!

We traveled to Michigan to visit my family recently and I brought this along to entertain the kids. Kile had checked it out from the library during summer story time on robot theme day. We didn’t realize this was the second novel in a series, but it worked out w
Stacy - The Novel Life
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
review first appeared at

Robot Army Rampage begins with the theft of a rare and expensive comic book from Hero Worship, Inc., owned by the Kuskie family ~ Silas Kuskie is one of two boys to befriend the twins since their move to Half Moon Bay. This one comic book was going to keep the family from financial ruin, losing the store and losing their house. Enter precocious take-charge Tesla and soon the duo, along with Silas and DeMarco, are enmeshed in solvin
Lisa Collins (Lisa Likes Books)
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2014, for-review
Thanks to the publisher for giving me this book to read in exchange for an honest review.


Guys! I hope you like science experiments and kids with perseverance and lots of wits, because that’s exactly what you get in Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

I just can’t start off this review any other way than saying how enjoyable Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage was to read. I really enjoyed Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab when I was reading it and was super stoked to read th
Mary (BookHounds)
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Nick and Tesla have been sent to stay with their reclusive uncle in California while their parents spend the summer watching soybeans grow someplace unpronounceable. Uncle Newt is know for being an eccentric so when he doesn't show up at the airport to pick them up, these resourceful twins take a taxi and are met at the door by, well, by no one. They also notice a black SUV tailing them that is now parked down the street. When they do find Newt stuck in the basement
Amanda Northrup
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nick and Tesla, twin brother and sister, solve crimes using science. When a pricey comic book is stolen, the twins build 4 different robots to support their investigation, find the thief, and save the comic book shop.

What a great, new middle grades series! For those who enjoy traditional mysteries ~ crime, clues, suspects, witnesses ~ this is it. For those who enjoy realistic characters you can cheer for, this is it. Unlike many other kid-detective books, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage is w
Kathy Martin
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nick and Tesla are still living with their eccentric Uncle Newt and wondering why they haven't heard from their parents. They are trying to distract themselves by working on their own inventions in their uncle's laboratory. Uncle Newt is working on a new type of vacuum cleaner powered by rotten bananas with his usual limited success.

To get out of the house after an unfortunate explosion, the family heads down to Rinalli'a pizza place. They are too early and decide to spend some time in the loca
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
My thoughts on the series:
This is a lot of fun. I am way out of the target age range, but I enjoyed the stories. Middle-grade detectives, crazy scientist uncle, and international intrigue all converge. The projects are the type that kids in the target group will enjoy—my (bright) third-grader can’t wait to try some out. The illustrations could be clearer for the technically inept such as myself. However, there are videos available, as well as other cool information, at
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2015, kidlit
Having read the first book in the Nick and Tesla series I had high hopes for Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Nick and Tesla have stumbled upon another plot to solve through using cunning and new inventions! Everything that I said in my previous review is true of this book- it is well written, highly entertaining, and in all honesty- it is also inspirational in a way. Though this crazy summer Nick and Tesla are experiencing is not typical, it provides ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nick and Tesla are spending some time with their eccentric Uncle Newt while their parents are away. The siblings soon find themselves in the middle of a mystery, and they plan to solve it. Using their creativity and powers of observation the children believe they found out who done it, but they may not have a chance to tell anyone else. [return][return]The typical aspect of this story is the children s independence. They are pretty much on their own, as their well meaning uncle is busy with his ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great adventure for Nick and Tesla's - this time involving more of what every kid loves - Robots! Even I loved the ideas and designed they talked about in the book. They sounded like so much fun. While the projects in this book are more complicated than the ones in book one, the instructions are much more detailed as well. They set off to find out who is responsible for a string of thefts in their little town, starting with a rare comic book from their friend's parents.

They make a few m
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The adventure continues for Nick and Tesla, a pair of 11 year old twins. After successfully solving one mystery, the grownups ask their help in solving a new mystery. Local businesses are being broken into without the alarms going off. The police force of one has no ideas, so the twins are on the case. Robots are being given to all the businesses having problems but are they what they seem to be? And a new wrinkle has emerged; their parents may not be in Karakalpakstan after all. They receive a ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nick and Tesla fall into the genre of young kids turned detective. I not big on these stories because they often seem flat with unbelievable characters.

I liked this story and the characters of Nick and Tesla. They story was lively and the characters likable. What I found endearing about Nick and Tesla was their constant refusal to acknowledge that they had become kid detectives. The plot flows nicely with enough robot action to keep young readers
Oct 17, 2014 added it
Shelves: mystery, science

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage was written by Pflugfelder and Hockensmith. An award-winning elementary school science teacher and an author of a series of mystery books. Using their backgrounds in science and mystery writing, they have developed a story that will inspire children to explore and create using text to real life projects. Included within the body of the book are full page "blueprints" with directions and illustrations that show how to take things found at home or a local hobby
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
My 12-year-old son is very into science (probably helped by the fact that he attends an environmental science charter school), so I got this book hoping that he would like it (especially the robots, as he's currently doing LEGO robotics). Unfortunately, that was not the case. He said the book was "OK" but it didn't really seem to hold his attention very well. When he was finished, I took my turn, and it was...OK. I liked the blueprints and instructions for kids to build their own robots out of m ...more
Kristina Aziz
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This second book I read of the series was just as good as the last. Growing up, my sisters and I were fortunate enough to each have our own bookshelf. Mine had many series of books, each taking up maybe half a shelf. I would love to see this series take up space on my daughter's shelf.

Before finding this series, I had begun to worry that educational mysteries for middle grade readers had gone extinct. This series has revived old feelings of learning from books like the time warp trio and the mag
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-arc
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage focuses on two siblings who along with their friends search to solve the mystery of the robberies that are happening in Half Moon Bay, California. The siblings, Nick and Tesla, are like a newer version of The Hardy Boys. They occasionally solve mysteries but also love science and robotics.

The story moves along at a nice pace with instructions and illustrations so kids can build some of the robots portrayed in the story. The robots will really interest kids,
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