Steve Hockensmith is a New York Times bestselling author for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and a Best First Novel Edgar Award nominee for his mystery Holmes on the Range. He has also co-authored the Nick and Tesla series with “Science Bob” Pflugfelder.
Category: Children/Middle Grade
Publisher (India): Red Turtle: Rupa Publications India
Published in the US by Quirk Books
Nick and Tesla are 12-year-old twins with a passion for science, especially electronics and technology. As Book 1 opens, they are sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant engineer who designs all kinds of outrageous inventions. Nick and Tesla soon find themselves investigating the mysterious family who lives down the street–who is the girl who seems to live alone on the third floor, and why is she waving to them through her window?
Nick and Tesla will need to build all sorts of contraptions to discover the answer. Throughout the book, the narrative is interrupted by blueprints and instructions so that budding young inventors can follow along.
“Real project blueprints are included along with this tale of 11-year-old siblings who create outrageous contraptions and top-secret gadgets.” – Los Angeles Times
“Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab is a great way to show kids that problems can often be solved by applying a bit of creative energy with some tech know-how. And Nick and Tesla (and Uncle Newt) are the perfect companions for your young reader looking for some (safe) adventures.” – Geek Dad
“A mystery, adventure, and activity book all rolled into one entertaining story….Plenty of excitement, with science.” – Common Sense Media
“Part mystery, part mad science…the story will leave readers wondering what mayhem will be forthcoming.” – School Library Journal
“…a strong start…” – Publishers Weekly
“Engaging characters and brisk plotting make this a fun and educational read.” – Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries and The Physics of the Buffyverse
“A promising first offer in a series that offers plenty of appeal for middle-grade and middle school readers.” – Kirkus
“Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab has the perfect formula: Mega-watts of funny writing plus giga-hertz of hands-on science equals fun to the billionth power!” – Chris Grabenstein, New York Times best selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
“Suspenseful, funny, and loaded with do-it-yourself robots, rockets, and burglar alarms. Nick and Tesla are an unforgettable new detective team, sure to inspire an entirely new generation of scientists and readers. Can’t wait for the next book!” – Amy Herrick, author of The Time Fetch
“A book with action, adventure, mystery, humor — and instructions on how to build rockets and robots. What more could young readers possibly want? ‘Nick & Tesla’ is a great book that will keep your kids enthralled with its intriguing story — and inspire them with its clever science experiments. I can’t wait for the further adventures of these fascinating characters.” – Stuart Gibbs, Edgar-nominated author of Spy School and Belly Up
“I love the book! It combines science, intrigue and great fiction together in a wild ride for the reader. Nothing tickles me more than seeing a story really charged up with science. And the projects are so much fun! More please!” – Lynn Brunelle, four-time Emmy Award winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy and the author of Pop Bottle Science
“What kid wouldn’t want to join Nick and Tesla and their wacky family? This is a great way for budding scientists to have fun while exploring the intricacies of physics, chemistry, and more–up close, personal, and hands-on!” – Jane Hammerslough, author of Owl Puke: The Book and Dino Poop: And Other Remarkable Remains of the Past
“Pflugfelder and Hockensmith debut a captivating series about crime-solving kid inventors in the spirit of Tom Swift and Alvin Fernald. But Nick and Tesla give us what their literary predecessors always omitted: blueprints for whiz-bang inventions that kids can actually build themselves (with some adult assistance). Electromagnets, tracking devices, rockets and the like. Hands-on science has never been so cool.” – Joseph D’Agnese, author of Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci