Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge by Monica Kulling
(Great Idea Series)

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Storywise, this admiring introduction to one of the foremost inventors of the electrical age sparkles, but it doesn’t provide a steady, dependable source of information.
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Growing up in Smiljan, Croatia, Nikola Tesla dreamed about harnessing the power of Niagara Falls. In 1884, he walked down the gangplank into the New York Harbor with four cents in his pocket, a book of poems, a drawing of a flying machine, and a letter of introduction to Thomas Edison, the "electrical wizard" of America. Upon meeting, Edison sent Tesla to fix the SS Oregon as a test and was so astounded that he offered Tesla a job at his factory.
Tesla and Edison had different views about electricity; Tesla wanted to develop an alternate current while Edison wanted to stick to the direct current system. Edison offered Tesla a large sum to make his direct current system more efficient, but when the work was done, Edison refused to pay. Tesla quit and when things were looking bleak, he met George Westinghouse, who also thought that alternating current was the way to light up America. He gave Tesla a job and in 1896, Tesla and Westinghouse built a generator at Niagara Falls that was able to send power as far as Buffalo, New York.
 

About Monica Kulling

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MONICA KULLING is a poet who has published over forty books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography to children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Henry Ford, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her award-winning Great Idea Series features biographies of inventors and their captivating inventions. She is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity.

Author Residence: Chilliwack, British Columbia

Author Hometown: Toronto, OntarioBILL SLAVIN has illustrated more than eighty books for children, including It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling, the first two books in Tundra's Great Idea Series; Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive by Ann Love and Jane Drake and The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore. He has won the Amelia-Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Children's Choice Award and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature, among many others.Illustrator Residence: Millbrook, OntarioIllustrator Hometown: Belleville, Ontario
 
Published August 2, 2016 by Tundra Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.
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on May 04 2016

Storywise, this admiring introduction to one of the foremost inventors of the electrical age sparkles, but it doesn’t provide a steady, dependable source of information.

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