Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nick has lost it all. After a fire takes his home and his mother, Nick’s father moves them to a house they inherited from their aunt. The attic is full of her “junk” and Nick decides he is going to hold a garage sale to make a little extra money. An unexpected thing occurs. Strangers flock to their home in the rain and are drawn to objects they must purchase. Nick reminds them that all sales are final and there are no guarantees the objects will work. Soon after, Nick discovers that each object was tinkered with by Nikola Tesla and does more than its intended job. There are also men in suits that want these objects, but Nick has no idea who the people were or how to get the objects back.
Tesla’s Attic is the first book in the Accelerati trilogy. This action packed story pulls the reader in immediately and the quick banter of the primary characters is an added benefit. Can four middle school children solve a mystery left behind by one of the world’s greatest minds? Will they be able to out think the men who have pledged their lives to the Accelerati? Shusterman and Elfman have spun a wonderful tale with the potential to keep kids and adults looking for the next book. This book is the perfect length with enough historical references to ensure the reader understands why these inventions were important, but these references did NOT distract from the main story. I know I can’t wait for the next book to be released.
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