Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove - Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Summary: Bright siblings—and amateur inventors—Nick and Tesla Holt are back in this fourth installment of their whiz-bang middle-grade series. This time, the twins are out to save science itself, as they race against the clock to figure out why a robotic assortment of history’s greatest scientists and inventors keeps going haywire. Is this sabotage, robo-geddon…or something more sinister? To unravel the mystery, they’ll have to keep adding all-new gadgets to their cyborg glove as they stay one step ahead of a hidden adversary. Together with zany scientist Uncle Newt and their friends Silas and DeMarco, Nick and Tesla won’t give up until an answer is found…but can they do it before time runs out? In this book, readers will learn how to construct a super-cyborg gadget glove that has four incredible functions: LED signal light, ultra-loud emergency alarm, handy sound recorder, and UV secret message revealer. Science and electronics have never been so much fun! (Summary and image from goodreads.com.  I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)

My Review:   Nick and Tesla are back, and this time, they only have four hours to save a museum, uncover a sinister plot, oh, and rescue their friend DeMarco.  They don't have the benefit of their lab, they are stuck in a maze of museum that has more secrets than science, and it seems like at every turn they run into a new adversary ... or could they be a friend?

Yet again, my scientist son stole the book from me the minute it was out of the envelope and ran off. He loved it.  The idea of "Glovey", the glove that holds all of the tech experiments included in the book, has completely fascinated him.  Unfortunately, Silas' suggestion of a web shooter wasn't realized in the book, so C1 just has to theorize.

This book differed quite a bit from the previous three Nick and Tesla adventures.  Instead of days to mull over the issue, the kids only have a few hours from start to finish to solve the questions that keep arising.  They have to use what's on hand (but since they're assisting their uncle repair an Animatronics exhibit, they're still plenty around).  They're still trying to  digest the shocking news that their parents aren't growing soybeans ... and what is the duct tape doing all over the Nikolai Tesla signs?  Although it wasn't my favorite book of the series, I enjoyed the character development.  These are still twelve-year old kids, but they're starting to grow up, and they're starting to recognize it for themselves. 

My Rating: Four stars

For the sensitive reader:  Squeaky clean.  The worst I could find is that Nick is a pessimist and Tesla is bossy.

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