Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Nick & Tesla’s Secret Agent Battle by Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith

Nick & Tesla’s Secret Agent Battle by Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle: A Mystery with Spy Cameras, Code Wheels, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself

Series: Nick & Tesla’s, #3
Release Date
: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Format: ARC
Middle Grade – Science Fiction
Publisher – Quirk Books
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In this third installment of the series, 11-year-old whiz-kids Nick and Tesla discover that someone in the quiet town of Half Moon Bay has placed their beloved Uncle Newt under electronic surveillance—but who is spying on him, and why? To expose the secret agent, Nick and Tesla build all kinds of outrageous contraptions. Throughout the book, the narrative is interrupted by blueprints and instructions so that budding young inventors can follow along. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!

I would like to start off this review by saying that this is the third book in a series and that I did not read the first two before reading this one. There were a couple mentioning about things that had happened before but I do think you can jump right in a start reading one. I didn’t find myself confused or anything like that. It would obviously be better, like with any series, to read them in the order they were written. 

Nick and Tesla were sent to their Uncle Newt’s house for their summer break because their parents were being snet to Uzbekistan. However, the soon received a message from their parents saying that they were in danger and that people were after them. Being the smart children that Nick and Tesla are, they are determined to find out what is going on and are immediately on guard to everyone around them. Soon after this strange message from their parents an “apprentice” named Oli shows up and is acting very suspicious, then two maids and an exterminator also show up.

They are sure that someone is up to no good. After Tesla’s special necklace from their parents disappears while she is showering, she is sure that it is one of those people and they start working on traps to catch them in the act by using Nick’s matching necklace as bait. It is just one crazy thing after another at this point.

This book is a very easy, fast paced, read that includes pictures and experiments that would be fun for a child to do (with an adults help of course). The experiments seem to be fairly easy ones to do.  I think this series would be a fun read for elementary and middle grade kids. I definitely recommend checking it out!

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