Reading Level: Middle Grade
Size: 272 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Nick and Tesla series
Source: From Publisher for Review
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got a copy of this book from Quirk Books for review. This is the fourth book in the Nick and Tesla series. I continue to enjoy these books. They are primarily middle grade mysteries with some science and a bit of a spy theme to them.
Nick and Tesla are helping their Uncle Newt to restore an animatronic hall of scientists for the grand re-opening of a museum. For some reason the animatronic scientists keep going dangerously haywire. It is up to Nick and Tesla and their friends to figure out why. Is it sabotage or is robo-geddon finally here? Along the way they build a super-cyborg gadget glove to help them on their mission.
This was another well done Nick and Tesla book. This has a fun mystery for the brother-sister duo to solve. The mystery actually feels a bit like a Scooby-Doo story in this case.
There are only three inventions to make in this book (less than previous books, and one is pretty much a repeat of an invention in a previous book). However it is kind of cool that all of the inventions go into one “Gadget Glove”. It was nice that the inventions/gadgets were tied together in some way and went along with the story theme.
The story is mainly a mystery with Nick, Tesla, and their friends trying to unravel clues to figure out what the really problem is with the animatronics. I enjoyed how the whole book was set in an old museum. I also enjoyed learning a little bit about all of the scientists being represented by animatronics.
I was a little disappointed by the lack in progress of the main storyline involving the disappearance of Nick and Tesla’s mom and dad. We are feed little tidbits here and there. The mystery does also loosely tie into this main story but there are no major developments.
Overall this was a fun read and I enjoyed it. Middle grade readers who love mysteries, spy stories, and science will really enjoy this whole series..
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge