NICK AND TESLA'S ROBOT ARMY RAMPAGE by Bob Pflugfelder

NICK AND TESLA'S ROBOT ARMY RAMPAGE

A Mystery With Hoverbots, Bristlebots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself
From the "Nick and Tesla" series, volume 2
Age Range: 9 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Gadget-happy twins Nick and Tesla return to build some robots and solve a series of burglaries.

Sent off to stay with their eccentric uncle Newt in Half Moon Bay, Calif., while their parents do something mysterious and governmental in Uzbekistan, the 11-year-olds have begun to worry. Two weeks have passed without any messages. Now, their already distressingly absent-minded uncle has fallen hard for Hiroko Sakurai, the new owner of the Wonder Hut, the local tinkerer’s heaven. But is she behind the burglaries? Like Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab (2013), this sequel features some wild action interspersed with clear instructions for projects that make liberal use of small motors, plastic bottles and tubing, electric wires and a hot-glue gun. The appearance of a series of robots around town inspires Nick, Tesla and their friends to build some of their own, including two jiggling walkers, a flyer and a “robo-bug,” as well as a “super-soaker bot blaster.” For the most part, these projects are well within the capabilities of middle-grade readers, though the soaker may turn out to be agonizingly fiddly. Less-handy readers will enjoy the humor, the detective work and the threat to the twins revealed in the final pages. A third volume in this series is promised for May.

Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-59474-649-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Quirk Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2014




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