The Accelerati Trilogy

Tesla's Attic (The Accelerati Trilogy, #1)Tesla’s Attic
by Neal Shusterman
Grades 5 & up

After their house burns down, Nick, his brother, and their father move from Tampa to Colorado Springs, to a house they have inherited from an eccentric great aunt. When Nick decides to clean out the attic with a huge garage sale, he discovers that the items he has sold are not what they appeared to be. Nick and his new friends start tracking down the items while discovering what they really do. Clearly the work of the eccentric genius Nikola Tesla, they realize they must do everything in their power to protect what they have found from a strange group of pastel-suited men who are turning up everywhere. Hilarious and exciting, this is an excellent start to a new trilogy. Recommended for grades 5 & up.

Edison's Alley (The Accelerati Trilogy, #2)Edison’s Alley
by Neal Shusterman
Grades 5 & up

In this second book in the Accelerati Trilogy, Nick and his friends have saved the Earth from impending destruction but are still racing against the Accelerati to recover the rest of the Teslafied objects that Nick sold at the original garage sale. Each one fits like a puzzle piece into the growing contraption in Nick’s attic bedroom, and the Accelerati will stop at nothing to get it. Meanwhile, the asteroid from the first book is now orbiting the Earth and building up a tremendous electric charge which is throwing all of Earth’s electro-magnetic devices out of whack. Can they recover the pieces and figure out how to release the energy before it is too late? An exciting adventure with a good amount of humor woven in, I recommended that you read the trilogy in order. For grades 5-8.

Hawking's Hallway (The Accelerati Trilogy, #3)Hawking’s Hallway
by Neal Shusterman
Grades 5 & up

In this third book in the Accelerati Trilogy, Nick and his friends are battling not just the Accelerati but Thomas Edison himself. Now that the F.R.E.E. has worked once, Edison wants to not only harness the power but own it. It is a race against time, as the asteroid continues to build up its electrical charge as it circles the earth. This must be safely released or it could mean the end of life on earth. Nothing is as it seems in this final book — enemies are now allies and both time and space are flexible. Mitch, Caitlin, Vince, and even Petula all grapple with their own fears to do what is right, not just for themselves, but for their friends and the world as a whole. With all of the humor and adventure of the first two, this is the perfect finale to a fantastic trilogy. Recommended for grades 4 & up. Must read the series in order.

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