Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
2014 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN – 9781423148036
Genre – Science Fiction
Age – Middle School
Nick and his family just moved to Colorado Springs from Florida after a horrible house fire killed him mom. They move into an old Victorian house that was inherited from an old aunt. Nick is quick to pick out the room in the attic, when all of a sudden a toaster hits him in the head sending him to the hospital! When he returns he discovers a whole attic full of junk. What a perfect reason to have a garage sale! Despite the fact that he thinks no one will buy anything, people seem to flock to his sale offering way more than he is charging for the items. Its like they are drawn to them. But when a strange and official looking man shows up and offers him lots of money for the leftover items, he decides to investigate further. It turns out that each of the objects has special powers ranging from telling the future, to reanimating the dead. Then he find out that he is living in famous inventor, Nicola Tesla’s old house. That’s when things get hilariously strange!
This is one of the most enjoyable books for middle school aged readers that I have ever read. It is funny, it is creative, it is smart, did I mention it was funny? This book had me laughing out loud, a lot. I liked all of the characters, really all of them. There was heart, humor, strength, and weakness in each one of them, which just made them feel real. They were vulnerable and insecure despite how awesome they all were. I like that this book is smart enough to teach kids something by reading it, and interesting enough to make them want to investigate further. Who wouldn’t be curious about Tesla’s work in the field of science after reading about some of the neat inventions in this book? I know that it wasn’t particularly poignant or moving, but not every book has to be, especially for this age group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!