Tesla's Attic

Tesla’s Attic

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.

Fans of intrigue, action, humor, and nonstop surprises are guaranteed a read unlike any other in Tesla’s Attic, Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy.

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Awards & Honors

YA winner of the 2016 CLAU Beehive Book Award

One of El Banco del Libro’s Best Books for Children and Youth 2016

2014 VOYA Magazine Top Shelf Honoree

A Junior Library Guild Selection


“…Shusterman and Elfman have crafted a plot more devious, characters far quirkier, climaxes (yes, there are two) more breathless, and a narration much, much funnier than recent mad-science offerings. Sticking with a third-person narration frees the authors to be as wryly and sophisticatedly witty as they please without compromising the veracity of their middle-school cast, resulting in storytelling as delightful as the story being told.” –Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Lively, intelligent prose elevates this story of teenagers versus mad scientists, the third-person point of view offering a stage to various players in their play of galactic consequence. A wild tale in the spirit ofBack to the Future, with a hint of Malamud’s The Natural tossed in.”–Kirkus Reviews

“This collaboration between Shusterman and Elfman tempers the scarier elements of Nick’s quest with deft, humorous writing and plenty of the ordinary adventures of a new kid in school finding his niche. Hand this one to fans of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles or Kenneth Oppel’s Airborne.” –Booklist

One Comment so far:

  1. What happened to the asteroid did nicks dad hit it away with the bat and so ms Planck is part of the accelariti so all those things can make energy together ? I need the awnsers

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