Nick and Tesla and the Robot Army Rampage

A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself

About the Book

Join twins Nick and Tesla as they build homemade robots and race to solve a mystery in this zany, action-packed middle grade adventure sequel by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder.

It’s up to Nick and Tesla to save the day–again! When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, the two young sleuths head straight to their Uncle Newt’s science lab. They’ll have to build their very own battlebots, robo-bugs, and hoverbots to outsmart a criminal mastermind. Can Nick and Tesla crack the case before it’s too late?

Now in paperback, this second book in the popular Nick and Tesla series features laugh-out-loud jokes, fun illustrations, and five DIY science projects with step-by-step instructions for readers to try at home.


“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

“Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab has the perfect formula:  Mega-watts of funny writing plus giga-hertz of hands-on science equals fun to the billionth power!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times best selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

“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

“…the combination of exciting elements and innovative DIY projects in action yields a guaranteed pager turner.”—

“[Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab is] a great way to show kids that problems can often be solved by applying a bit of creative energy with some tech know-how. And Nick and Tesla (and Uncle Newt) are the perfect companions for your young reader looking for some (safe) adventures.”—Geek Dad

About the Author

“Science Bob”Pflugfelder

“Science Bob” Pflugfelder is an educator, maker, and speaker who loves to experiment and build. He has appeared on many TV shows in the US including several morning and evening talk shows, and as a guest star on the Nickelodeon network. Bob is also a beekeeper and a collector of movie props. When not experimenting, he shares his home experiments with the world at He currently lives in Massachusetts.

Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the Edgar Award–nominated Holmes on the Range mystery series. His other books include the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and, with Lisa Falco, a tarot-themed mystery, The White Magic Five and Dime. He lives with his wife and two children about forty minutes from Half Moon Bay, California.

Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59474-649-9
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781683693901
  • e-Book ISBN: 978-1-59474-663-5
  • Dimensions: 5x7
  • Page Count: 224
  • Release Date: September 26, 2023