Neal Shusterman Eric Elfman
- Title: Tesla's Attic
- Author: Neal Shusterman Eric Elfman
- ISBN: 9781423148036
- Page: 221
- Format: Hardcover
Tesla s Attic is the first book in a brilliantly imagined and hilariously written trilogy that combines science, magic, intrigue, and just plain weirdness, about four kids who are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.After their home burns down, fourteen year old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle ViTesla s Attic is the first book in a brilliantly imagined and hilariously written trilogy that combines science, magic, intrigue, and just plain weirdness, about four kids who are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.After their home burns down, fourteen year old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they ve inherited When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he s hit in the head by a toaster That s just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there After getting rid of the odd antiques in a garage sale, Nick befriends some local kids Mitch, Caitlin, and Vincent and they discover that all of the objects have extraordinary properties What s , Nick figures out that the attic is a strange magnetic vortex, which attracts all sorts of trouble It s as if the attic itself has an intelligence and a purpose.Ultimately Nick learns that the genius Nikola Tesla placed the items his last inventions in the attic as part of a larger plan that he mathematically predicted Nick and his new friends must retrieve everything that was sold at the garage sale and keep it safe But the task is fraught with peril in addition to the dangers inherent in Tesla s mysterious and powerful creations, a secret society of physicists, the Accelerati, is determined to stop Nick and alter destiny to achieve its own devious ends It s a lot for a guy to handle, especially when he d much rather fly under the radar as the new kid in town.Fans of intrigue, action, humor, and nonstop surprises are guaranteed a read unlike any other in Tesla s Attic, Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy.
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"Keep your friend's clothes in your enemy's closet."Two reasons why I read this book:1. It was co-written by Neal Shusterman, one of my favorite authors, actually my most favorite author.2. Tesla (one of the scientist-inventor I admire) is on the title which made me believe that Tesla will be a great part in this book. And it's a yes. Not in a way that he is alive here, though.Anyway, I will still read this book even without reason 2 because hey, it's Neal Shusterman.Okay enough of that. Tesla's [...]
It was really a blast working with my friend Eric Elfman on this book series. Stylistically it’s kind of a cross between “The Eyes of Kid Midas,” and “The Schwa Was Here,” with an absurd sense of humor, and action-oriented plot. Eric and I would constantly make ourselves laugh in the process - and our love of Tesla made the project a dream to work on. We made it accessible for kids, but with plenty of sophistication for adult readers as well. We also wove in some history, science, and [...]
How could I have let a book by one of my favourite children's authors wait so long?! I admit, the title did not whet my appetite, in spite of the intriguing mad scientist after whom it is named. Nor did the cover illustration even remotely pique my interest. Such a shame.But what engaging, intelligent, humour-filled fun! Shusterman packs so much into his pages that one needs to pause periodically to give each point its due. Whether these describe a serious tragedy, a humorous spoof or a reflecti [...]
Ein kaputter Toaster, eine uralte Kamera, eine defekte Autobatterie: Wie konnte Nick ahnen, dass es sich bei dem Schrott auf seinem Dachboden um bahnbrechende Erfindungen Nikola Teslas handelt? Leider sind die Gegenstände nicht nur genial, sondern auch gefährlich. Denn der Geheimbund der Accelerati will sie für sich – um jeden Preis! Eigentlich habe ich noch ein paar andere Bücher in der Warteschleife, die ich zuerst rezensieren wollte. Aber was solls? Ich habe vorhin Teslas Vermächtnis b [...]
Un middle grade muy entretenido, con tono que me recordaba a ratos a Percy Jackson (aunque Riordan sigue siendo mucho Riordan). Con personajes muy diferenciados (típicos del middle grade) y algunos fallitos argumentales (ídem) que sin embargo no impiden disfrutar de la historia.
A wind up toy that finishes your sentence with advice. A voice recorder that captures what you really think, not what you actually say. A camera that takes an image 24 hours into the future. A baseball glove that not only attracts fly balls but passing asteroids. Nick Slate has just moved with his dad and brother to Colorado Springs after losing his mother in a tragic fire. In his great-aunt's attic he's found what appeared to be old junk that might net him enough money to keep his family fed fo [...]
I really enjoyed Shusternan's Unwind dystology, and looked forward to starting a new series. The pacing was good, I liked the teenage humor, and the voices felt authentic for teenagers; however, I did not connect with the protagonist, Nick. A classic new kid story moving into a new school, following a tragic fire in which his mother dies, he meets a cast of characters, who seemed better developed or at least more consistent. He moves into the attic of his new house, where he finds a bunch of jun [...]
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Shusterman's books have an action-packed creepy factor that satisfies many of my 5th graders. Now I can add funny. I didn't expect the clever humor in this one along with the familiar scary plot. Add terrific character development and some adult humor that pokes fun at education, pop culture, and literature and I couldn't put this bugger down. When an antique heavy, chrome-plated toaster plunges down some fold-up attic steps gashing fourteen-year-old Nick's forehead, he is off to hospital for st [...]
Style and LanguageAn invisible storyteller tells in an easy and loped tone the story of Nick and his family – or what´s left of her. Since a huge fire destroyed not only the only home he ever knew, but killed his mother; Nick, his little brother and their father moved from Florida to Colorado Springs. Some parts of this story are very ironic and the reader finds a tragedy in this novel, that you don´t expect from a kids book. But it works and despite all that the tone is always light and won [...]
This was an Amazing Book, probably my favorite. This book is about a boy who moves and finds Nikola Tesla's crazy inventions in his attic. The more he finds out what things do the weirder it gets. His goal is to find out what Tesla's inventions do and what for. This book is a trilogy so there will be two more books coming out. The next one comes out January 13, 2015 hope you read it!
Hilarious middle school adventure. This is billed as YA, but I've rarely come across titles targeted toward that younger demographic. Reads more like Middle Grade, plus a bit of kissing. Which is a great thing - it's fun, pacy, and confronts some challenging stuff without turning too dark.Clever sciency mystery, shady cultish shadow organizations, a bunch of kids trying to figure out if they're going to be friends, enemies, or date. Great for boy readers as well, which is a good balance against [...]
You can check out my other reviews on Scott Reads It!Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with an advanced copy of Tesla's Attic in exchange for a honest review. I really love when authors branch out and write books that you normally wouldn't expect them to. Who would have thought that the author of Unwind and Everlost would write something so light, humorous, and just a ton of fun? I never would have guessed that Shusterman would write a novel about a bunch of kids who find Tesla's inv [...]
4.5 Sterne Meine MeinungEine witzige und turbulente Geschichte haben sich die beiden Autoren hier ausgedacht!Nick, der Hauptprotagonist, aus dessen Sichtweise erzählt wird, ist 14 und zieht mit seinem Dad uns einem jüngeren Bruder Danny nach Colorado Springs. Seine Mutter ist bei einem Brand ums Leben gekommen und seitdem bewegt sich die Familie auf sehr dünnem Eis.Als Nick auf dem Dachboden seiner Tante allerhand "Schrott" findet, veranstaltet er einen Flohmarkt, um sein Taschengeld aufzubes [...]
*4.5 STARS*TESLA'S ATTIC is a smart, entertaining read from Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman, and Disney-Hyperion. (Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with an advanced copy)It's a book that could have been written by Dan Brown, if he had Douglas Adam's brilliant sense of humor and ability to create engaging characters who have a wickedly sharp understanding of how the middle-school world churns. Back Story As he looked around at this boneyard of uselessness, Nick Slate had a simple idea. [...]
Nick, his father, and his brother move from Florida to Colorado Springs after a disastrous house fire that claimed the life of Nick's mother. They move into the creepy, decrepit old house left to them by a great aunt, the attic of which is filled with all manner of broken junk. Nick decides to have a garage sale, and it does eerily well-- people are desperate to offer him huge sums for useless equipment. A girl from his new school, Caitlyn, picks out a reel-to-reel tape recorder, Mitch buys a pr [...]
I listened to the German audio version and was surprised by how much I loved it. The plot is quite crazy, with members of a secret society who are probably the bad guys and some old stuff from an attic that turns out to be inventions by the legendary Tesla. What made the book so enjoyable for me were the characters. The setting is a High School in Colorado Springs, where new kid Nick tries to fit in. The author on one hand really enjoys playing with his crazy plotline and some of the characters [...]
Closer to a 3.5.Tesla's Attic is what you get when you get a well-known, experienced author like Neal Shusterman to tap into the resurgence of popularity of Nikola Tesla while offering up a science fiction adventure for a middle grade audience. The results, honestly, are mixed, but the good is solid enough to make up for the missteps along the way.The story is about kids who find some of Tesla's old inventions in the attic of a Victorian house and sell them at a yard sale. The inventions turn ou [...]
<>My Neal Shusterman book of the month>. The only challenge I've got this year is to read one of his books per month.It was a really interesting book but I hated that Petunia's character purpose was to be an annoying obsessive love interest that one wants to get rid of and that in the end it will get in the middle of something.I thought we were done with those kind of characters.She kinda reminded me of Cupid from one of this season's episodes of Arrow. But the F.R.E.E also reminded me [...]
"(T)his could be the big inning of a wonderful friendship." —Tesla's Attic, P. 203 This is a hard one to critique objectively. Having read dozens of Neal Shusterman's captivating, otherworldly young-adult novels and nothing from Eric Elfman, the temptation is to attribute everything wonderful in the story to Shusterman, and any clumsy turns of phrase to his less accomplished co-author. It's natural after consistently getting mind-blowing literary experiences from a particular writer to bet one [...]
Tesla’s Attic seems to be one of the few kid’s science fiction books that don’t include robots or (mostly) outer space. We need more books like this. That introduce children to the wonder of sci-fi without beating them over the head with the idea that sci-fi only has robots or space in it. It also has kids that are dealing with problems that readers may be able to identify with. Specifically, the loss of a parent. Nick, Danny, and his dad have moved to Colorado Springs after a fire that co [...]
Really like the humour and all the crazy inventions. The ending was also really well done. Will definately read the next book.
Just as exciting as I anticipated. Looking forward to the next.
Great book. Shusterman has a knack writing to appeal to younger and older audiences alike. Will read the next in the series, and I have already given the book to my daughter to read.
This story had a cool plot and great characters, but I didn't like it as much as other young adult books I've read. I think pre-teens (middle school, junior high) of both genders would really like it, though. It's got some great historical and scientific facts throughout it, too. I'm giving it 4 stars because it is great for the right audience.
Inhalt:Ein grausamer Schicksalsschlag hat Nick, seinen Vater und seinen Bruder nach Colorado Springs verschlagen - in das uralte Haus seiner verstorbenen Tante.Und schon während dem Einzug wird er beinahe von einem Toaster erschlagen. Nur eines der schier endlosen unnützen alten Dinge, die auf dem Dachboden lauern.Nick beschließt kurzentschlossen, einen Garagenflohmarkt zu veranstalten, doch das Wetter scheint ihm einen Strich durch die Rechnung zu machen.Um überhaupt noch etwas in diesem gr [...]
It was pretty good, humor was present with fair amounts of action sprinkled within
Ever wander through the treasures of an old attic, getting lost in the magic of what stories these treasures could tell? Nick Slate, his younger brother and his father have just moved into the home of his deceased great-aunt after a tragic fire that took his mother’s life. Nick decides a garage sale is in order, all sales final and there are no guarantees that these ancient objects will work. People come in droves, as if magically pulled to these items, happily filling Nick’s pockets with mu [...]
Tesla's Attic is a story about a boy that finds strange objects in his family's new residence. The reason for the move is an unexpected family tragedy. The Slate family immediately have weird things starting to happened to them once they go in the attic and start selling the items that they find up there. Soon after the "attic sale", a strange group of men come sniffing around looking for said items. The group of men are know as "The Accelerati", a secret society bent on world dominion (of cours [...]
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