Featured Book of the Week: Tesla's Attic by Neal Schusterman & Eric Elfman

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tesla's Attic 
Neal Schusterman & Eric Elfman

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 more, 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.

About the Authors'

Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, Everlost, and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

Eric Elfman is an American writer interested in Science Fiction, Fantasy, UFOs and paranormal events. He is the author of 12 books for middle-grade and young adult readers, including the first book of the Accelerati Trilogy, Tesla’s Attic (Disney-Hyperion Books, 2014, Publisher’s Weekly review here), which he co-wrote with Neal Shusterman. Among Elfman's other books are Almanac of Alien Encounters (Random House, 2001), Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting, and Totally Repulsive (Random House, 1994, an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers), and Very Scary Almanac (Random House, 1993). He is also author of several The X-Files novelizations.

Edison's Alley, which Elfman also co-wrote with Shusterman (the sequel to Tesla's Attic, and the second book in the Accelerati Trilogy), will be released by Disney-Hyperion Books in February 2015.

10 Delicious Comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi i am Jonah from hixson middle i loved all none stop action i read this book cover to cover with out setting it down. there was a nonstop string of cliff hangers i highly suggest reading it

Caroline From Hixson said...

I really enjoyed Tesla's Attic by Neal Schusterman and Eric Elfman! I liked how every character who might seem ordinary had a role that well, caught you by surprise. My favorite character was Caitlyn and I loved how her audio recorder played into the story. When it said what people were thinking I was rolling on the floor laughing!
Caroline =)

Anonymous said...


Wow, this books sounds like an action fiction! But what is up with characters' homes burning down? Poor Nick you can join young Gabe there in the "new kid corner". Mr. Telsa sounds intelligent man...but why'd you leave your experiments? Anyways I'll definitely check it out.


Anonymous said...

HAZELWOOD CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT- This book sounds really cool might have a cliffhanger here and there though, but still sounds like a good book!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Nickoli Tesla was real

Ria said...

Ladue Middle School
This book is really good. Sure, it does have a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the book but that's what makes you want to read the next book. I loved that the point of view kept on changing. It reminded me of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I feel like the author should've developed the accelerati a bit more so the ending made more sense.

Anonymous said...

This was such a good book. A guy almost dies because a toaster fell on his head! There's nothing better than that.

HAzelwood Weat Middle School

Anonymous said...

West Middle School-
So I FINALLY finish "Tesla's Attic" and can i say it was AMAZING! I am very picky with books and i truly like this one. i don't really have a favorite part cause the whole book is good together but that cliffhanger ending though! lol! I cant believe that the main character got it in the head with a toaster THREE times! like who does that mistake over and over again? ANYWAYS. I highly suggest this book if you like a little adventure and up for some mystery! Cant wait to finish reading the sequel!
H.G :)

Alvin said...

Ladue Middle School -
Tesla's Attic. A book full of suspense, changing the readers world perspective forever. Simple household items now hold very different attributes. A weight lifting machine can make spaces weightless, as in 0G like in space. It also makes you wonder what sort of power there is in the world. Character go through different emotions and at the beginning they are close together, but slowly separate or die. :( The book also includes a organisation against Nick, but this group has traced its roots far and is not only sinister, but very dangerous

Anonymous said...

Cross Keys Middle School Says,
this books is very amusing, even with all the drama and action going on in the story it still makes me laugh. Its different and creative from most of the other books I've read.

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