When Nick and his family move into Great Aunt Greta's house in Colorado Springs, he claims the attic as his new bedroom. To clear out all the odd junk, he holds a garage sale that is surprisingly successful. Only after all the items are gone does he begin to realize they were not just old household appliances, but actually inventions left by the great Tesla. Thrown into the mix are the cute cheerleader Caitlin (whom Nick saves from being run over), her boyfriend Theo, classmates Mitch and Vince, the quirky Petula (who think Nick should be attracted to her), and Nick's father and brother. Odd things keep happening - his brother's baseball mitt attracts meteorites; a secret society threatens Nick and then gets his dad a job at NORAD; everything in his bedroom keeps sliding toward the center of the floor...as if it wasn't hard enough being the new kid in middle school.
Nick and the other characters are by turns funny, exasperating, and clever - much like real eighth graders. I look forward to seeing what happens in the rest of the series. This should appeal to readers of fantasy/sci-fi or mystery, especially if they enjoy crazy gadgets and spooky secret societies. The publisher has made a trailer to introduce the book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through Netgalley. It will be published February 11, 2014.