Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!

Book 5 of 5 in the Nick & Tesla Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a5.033732
What do a pair of kid inventors with a knack for science and electronics do when Hollywood comes to town? Why save the day, of course!

In Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt find themselves on the set of a big-budget superhero movie. But someone’s sabotaging the onscreen debut of their favorite comic book hero, so the brother and sister sleuths must crack the case with the help of a fresh assortment of homemade special-effects gadgets. This cinematic saga features instructions for all-new movie magic projects that kids can build themselves, such as camera gear, stunt dummies, make-up magic, and more. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!

“How do you connect students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with fiction reading? Look for science adventures. Get started with the Nick and Tesla series. Each book contains an engaging adventure revolving around a ‘build-it-yourself’ science project.”—Teacher Librarian

“Real project blueprints are included along with this tale of 11-year-old siblings who create outrageous contraptions and top-secret gadgets.”—Los Angeles Times

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on May 5, 2015 by Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594747601
ISBN-13: 9781594747601
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  • awesomessb
    awesomessbSaturday, July 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm55 stars
    Awesome Book! I loved it!!!
    • genius1326
      genius1326Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm55 stars
      I got this from a freebie at Dogo, so make sure you check it out. It's great! Anyways, I read it, and it really is sort of a mystery/science book. It was really funny, and great.
      • yaya35223
        yaya35223Monday, June 15, 2015 at 9:41 am55 stars
        Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular is amazing! The story is really cool! I love how it has a lot of DIY projects. From build it yourself camera gear to alien make up.
        • coreycole
          coreycoleTuesday, June 2, 2015 at 9:40 am55 stars
          if you like tv or movies and wonder how they make monsters and things explode this is the book to read it tells you movie secrets and how to do them in the book it makes it way fun to read i cant wait to finish the other one now
          • jake565
            jake565Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm
            this is a good and cool book to read i hope everyone gets to read it because it is interesting
            • bibliophile
              bibliophileTuesday, May 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm33 stars
              Warning: A mystery, geniuses, suspense, stunt doubles, alien makeup, Soduku, Hollywood, and FUN.... Meet Nick, Tesla, DeMarco, and Silas... They were invited to spend time on Aunt Zoe's set because she is a producer where they are filming a new action-packed movie yet! But someone's out there to sabotage the set! DUN DUNN DUNNNN!!!! There was itching powder on Damon WIlder's costume and somebody posted Damon Wilder being WILD (get it???? Pun intended :P)...So who's doing all these pranks to sabotage Aunt Zoe's movie??? Now what in the world is happening???? So it's up to you to read and finish this book... Trust me you will not regret reading this amazing book, where you can learn how to make many new items... What I really liked about this book was that you could make tons of new projects, and especially for people like me (into electronics), you can build your very own video camera stick!!! And guess what this book got you covered for Halloween... For people who enjoys the series, The Tapper Twins Go to War, or just likes and adventures, this book is perfect for you... So read this amazing book!!! :)
              • pandy123
                pandy123Monday, May 25, 2015 at 9:37 am
                I kind of want to read this book.
                • felicisowl
                  felicisowlMonday, May 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm55 stars
                  If you get a chance you should try it.. It's a VERY entertaining and action-packed book :)
                • bobthebaconboso
                  bobthebaconbosoSaturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm
                  this book looks cool
                  • Wing manSaturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm
                    My book was so interesting
                    • mikegogo
                      mikegogoSunday, May 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm
                      cool but not bad ok