Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24th's Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Would you look at that?  We made it to the weekend again!  Time to celebrate with Book Beginnings and Friday 56.

This week's book is Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular by "Science Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith.

This is the latest in a middle grade mystery series I enjoy that includes some great science experiments.  Okay, so I've never done any of the experiments or projects, but I've also rarely cooked any of the recipes in the culinary cozies I read.

Anyway, here's now the book begins:

There was a muffled boom, and then the whole house seemed to rise about half an inch before slamming down again.  The lights flickered but stayed on.

Since I read this via an e-ARC, I'm going to approximate the 56% point in the book (the ARC file had two copies of the book in it).  So, using my best guess, I found this:

"It's a deal, she says.  Haven't you ever heard of negotiating?"
"We don't have time to negotiate,"
"That's easy for you to say.  You're not the one who just agreed to do all of you sisters' chores for the next six months!"

This is now the fifth in the series, and another book I enjoyed.  My only complaint is that Mark Carstairs (a character from the previous book), didn't show up again here.  (Not that I expected him to show up again.)


  1. This sounds fun! I haven't tried the recipes in the culinary mysteries either, but I still enjoy them!

  2. This sounds unique. I love seeing recipes for things in books but I haven't tried any yet myself.

  3. Sounds like a terrific book for kids -- big kids and little kids! The beginning definitely starts off with a bang, and the 56 makes me wonder what they're negotiating. I wonder what they're up to.
    My Friday post features SOMETHING ABOUT MAUDY.

  4. Your personal story made me laugh. About not having done the experiment but having not done the cozy recipes either.

  5. This sounds fun and a good series for both boys and girls. I keep intending to try the recipes in the culinary cozies but so far no luck!

  6. I'm intrigued, it does sound fun. I like the experiments to do, and am guilty of actually doing recipes in culinary cozies. LOL. That aspect of this book appeals to me most.
    Happy weekend!

  7. I'm on the list to get this one but it hasn't arrived yet. I like that it encourages an interest in science and invention in middle graders. Happy reading!

  8. Sounds like a fun series and I'd be awfully tempted to try some of the experiments. LOL

    My 56 -