Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray
Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

Series: Elements of Genius Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When Nikki's death ray blows a hole in her bedroom floor, she and her ferret are sent off to the special Genius Academy where she worries about fitting in, which proves to be the least of her problems when her death ray goes missing.
Catalog Number: #192746
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Marlin, Lissy,
Pages: 274 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-338-29521-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-29521-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018035386
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Everything is going great with Nikki Tesla's latest invention death ray, no less til her ferret, Pickles, gets her paws on it and blasts a hole in the floor. Hey, accidents happen! But for Nikki's mother, it's one accident too many, which is how the young inventor ends up at the Genius Academy elite boarding school for brilliant kids. Ferret and inventions in tow, Nikki is immediately plunged into dangerous situations r example, teamwork and saving the world. Having extensive experience with being bullied, she has no intention of trusting the academy's other six students, all playfully named after some of history's greatest minds: Leo (da Vinci), Charlotte (Darwin), Mary (Shelley), Mo (Mozart), Al (Einstein), and Grace (O'Malley). However, when Nikki's death ray is stolen, she is forced to work with the academy kids to recover the ray. Keating's action-packed mystery kicks off her new Elements of Genius series, which combines intelligence with superhero appeal. Nikki's comical narration is printed on graph-paper pages and embellished by illustrations, all of which give STEM a fun new spin.
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The Genius Academy turns out to be about more than dull classwork, as a lonely young inventor discovers.Unable, despite her mother's earnest pleas, to stop concocting devices like the death ray that blows a hole through the floor, Nikola reluctantly agrees to be shipped off to a (supposed) boarding school for geniuses. Hardly has she arrived, though, than the death ray is stolen and Nikki discovers that she and her six classmates are actually a team of secret agents employed to save the world on a regular basis. Fortunately, the young folk are an unusually talented bunch. Unfortunately, Nikki has a lot to learn about teamwork, trust, and friendship before the trail of clues dropped by the thief leads to a tense and twisty climax. Cleverly modeling her preteen cast on a gallery of historical geniuses, Keating has done her homework: Nikki reflects her near namesake not only in her work on electrical inventions, but also in other respects from eidetic memory to deep-seated distrust of others. Likewise, her associates include sharply observant Mary Shelley, musical and math prodigy Adam "Mo" Mozart, biology whiz Charlotte Darwin, and multiskilled Leo da Vinci. The white default is in place, but the kids' adult overseer has dark skin, and in Marlin's illustrations so do Mo and charismatic team leader Grace O'Malley.Full STEAM ahead on a series debut equally charged with personal issues and science in (dramatic) action. (author's note) (Science fiction. 10-13)
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Ocean's 11 meets Spy School in this hilarious illustrated middle-grade series featuring the world's greatest minds.

"Let the official record show that, I, Nikki Tesla, did not intend to destroy the world."

There are only so many times a kid can invent an instrument of global destruction without getting grounded. So when Nikki's death ray accidentally blows up her bedroom (if you can call a pet ferret with an itchy trigger finger an accident), she's sent to the only place that can handle her. Genius Academy is a school for history's greatest brains. Leo da Vinci? Charlotte Darwin? Bert Einstein? All extraordinary. Yet even among her fellow prodigies, Nikki feels like an outsider thanks to a terrible secret she can't let anyone discover. Ever.

But when her death ray is stolen, Nikki must stop worrying about fitting in and learn to play nice with her new classmates. Because it doesn't take a genius to track a thief around the world, outwit the authorities, and keep a French fry-fanatic ferret happy. It takes all of them.

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