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Nikki Tesla and the ferret-proof death ray. #1 / Jess Keating.

Keating, Jess, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J KEA (Text) 33500013093216 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J KEA (Text) 33500013093208 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781338295214
  • ISBN: 1338295217
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
Nikki Tesla is a genius, so mostly she finds school boring, and amuses herself by inventing things, like her mysterious missing father; trouble is most of her inventions have serious, lethal potential (like the death ray, which just blew a hole in her floor); so she and her ferret are hustled off to the special Genius Academy with classmates who are equally exceptional, although she still worries about fitting in--but when her death ray disappears she has something bigger to worry about: who took it and what are they planning to do?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    Everything is going great with Nikki Tesla's latest invention—a death ray, no less—until her ferret, Pickles, gets her paws on it and blasts a hole in the floor. Hey, accidents happen! But for Nikki's mother, it's one accident too many, which is how the young inventor ends up at the Genius Academy—an elite boarding school for brilliant kids. Ferret and inventions in tow, Nikki is immediately plunged into dangerous situations—for example, teamwork and saving the world. Having extensive experience with being bullied, she has no intention of trusting the academy's other six students, all playfully named after some of history's greatest minds: Leo (da Vinci), Charlotte (Darwin), Mary (Shelley), Mo (Mozart), Al (Einstein), and Grace (O'Malley). However, when Nikki's death ray is stolen, she is forced to work with the academy kids to recover the ray. Keating's action-packed mystery kicks off her new Elements of Genius series, which combines intelligence with superhero appeal. Nikki's comical narration is printed on graph-paper pages and embellished by illustrations, all of which give STEM a fun new spin. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

As a zoologist and author, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim of the dreaded paper cut. Her books blend science, humor, and creativity, and include the acclaimed My Life Is a Zoo middle-grade trilogy and award-winning picture books, like Shark Lady and Pink Is for Blobfish. Jess lives in Ontario, Canada, where she loves hiking, nerdy documentaries, and writing books for curious and adventurous kids. Jess can be found online at or on Twitter @Jess_Keating.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, illustrator Lissy Marlin has a simple mission: bring a little bit of magic to everyday life one piece of art at a time! She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Subject: Gifted persons > Juvenile fiction.
Private schools > Juvenile fiction.
Inventions > Juvenile fiction.
Weapons > Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Mystery and detective stories.
Genius > Fiction.
Gifted children > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Inventions > Fiction.
Weapons > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Fathers and daughters.
Gifted persons.
Private schools.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Juvenile works.
Detective and mystery fiction.

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