Nick and Tesla's Solar-Powered Showdown (Hardcover)

A Mystery with Sun-Powered Gadgets You Can Build Yourself

By Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith

Quirk Books, 9781594748660, 264pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

List Price: 12.95*
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Kid inventors Nick and Tesla Holt have outsmarted crooks, spies, and kidnappers. Now they have to crack their biggest mystery yet: Where the heck are their parents? To outwit the criminal mastermind who's holding their parents hostage, the twins will need all their brainpower, the help of their eccentric Uncle Newt, and an assortment of homemade solar gadgets. Will the Holt family be reunited at last? Or will a hijacked solar satellite beam down doom from the skies? The adventure includes instructions for creating a solar-powered hot-dog cooker, alarm, secret listening device, and model car, plus a nighttime signal cannon that fires illuminated ping-pong balls.

About the Author

"Science Bob" Pflugfelder is an award-winning elementary school science teacher. He blows stuff up, and kids (and their parents) love it. His fun and informative approach to science has led to television appearances on The Home & Family Show, Access Hollywood, Extra, and the History Channel. He is also a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Dr. Oz Show, and Live! with Kelly and Michael. The Nick and Tesla series are his first books. Steve Hockensmith is a New York Times best-selling author (for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls) and an Edgar Award nominee for best first novel (for his mystery Holmes on the Range).