Solve mysteries using DIY science projects with twin sleuths Nick and Tesla in this zany, action-packed middle grade adventure by Science Bob! Summer break is about to get weird. After their parents disappear, twins Nick and Tesla are sent to live with their Uncle Newt, an eccentric inventor with his very own science lab. Soon, the young sleuths find themselves investigating a mysterious family right in their own neighborhood. As they race to uncover the truth, Nick and Tesla must build a bottle rocket launcher, a 9-volt battery burglar alarm, and an electromagnet picker-upper to save the day. Now in paperback, the first book in the popular Nick and Tesla series features laugh-out-loud jokes, fun illustrations, and five DIY science projects with step-by-step instructions for readers to try at home. A RELUCTANT READER PICK: A fast-paced plot and funny, relatable characters make for a page-turning read, perfect for fans of The Last Kids on Earth series. Illustrations and DIY experiments break up the narrative, providing an engaging reading experience for reluctant readers. NOW IN PAPERBACK: Our updated package with a fresh price should attract a new audience to this fun series about a brother and sister duo who build creative contraptions to solve mysteries, save the day, and escape danger. HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Kids are encouraged to be curious and explore beyond the classroom with DIY science projects, such a rocket launcher or a 9-volt battery burglar alarm. These projects can be done with minimal adult supervision, and are designed to spark an interest in science and electronics. A HIGHLY PROMOTABLE AUTHOR IN SCIENCE BOB: With frequent appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Kelly & Ryan, and on Nickelodeon, Science Bob has plenty of opportunities to promote this series and our new repackage. About the Author/Illustrator Author Residence: Science Bob: Newton, MA/Steve Hockensmith: San Francisco, CA Illustrator Residence: Hastings, East Sussex, UK “Science Bob” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, author, maker, and presenter that knows how to share the world of science like never before. He is a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, and Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. His television appearances also include The Today Show, Hack My Life, Good Morning America, Home & Family and others. Steve Hockensmith is both 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 two young children and lives near San Francisco. Scott Garrett is a UK-based freelance illustrator whose clients have included Vodafone, Nestle, VW, GQ, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Business Week, Klutz Books, Faber & Faber and Random House. He lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex, with his family.


  • 208 pages
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • 2 colors
  • Hardcover

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