Quirk Books, 2014. 978-1-59474-729-8
Synopsis: While assisting Uncle Newt and his lady friend Hiroko revamp the animatronic scientists in the Northern California Museum of Science and Industry, Nick and Tesla and their friends Silas and DeMarco discover a plot to sabotage the museum that could threaten to shut down the Hall of Genius. Using a customized cyborg gadget glove, can the four friends find the culprit and save the museum?
Why I picked it up: I loved the previous book so much that I had to read the next one. Plus: science is awesome.
Why I finished it: Nick and Tesla’s adventure in the Museum of Science and Industry is filled with the same mystery and adventure as their previous escapades, and it still features the trademark build-it-yourself/do-it-yourself projects. This time around, the culprit seems to be manipulating the computers from inside the museum and Nick and Tesla must expose the offender before the opening gala. The reader gets to know Silas, DeMarco, Uncle Newt, and Hiroko a little bit better in this volume, helping to round out the cast of characters. The plot is well-paced and keeps the reader turning the pages until the end. I did get a little lost attempting to figure out the layout of the museum, much like Nick, Tesla, Silas, and DeMarco, but this added to the realism element to the story and aided in drawing us deeper into its pages. It’s a fun story that allows the reader to build their own gadget glove so that they can do some sleuthing of their own.
Other related materials: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith; Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith; Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith; Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects by Kathy Ceceri, illustrations by Sam Carbaugh; Recycled Robots: 10 Robot Projects by Robert Malone; Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson; Unbored: The Essential Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen; Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series by Marcus Emerson and Noah Child; Secret Agent 6th Grader by Marcus Emerson and Noah Child; The Accelerati Trilogy by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman