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Move over, Thomas Edison! Nikola Tesla takes the spotlight in a biography of the man who pioneered modern electrical engineering - and changed the course of history.When a Serbian boy named Nikola Tesla was three, he stroked his cat and was enchanted by the electrical sparks. By the time he was a teenager, he had made a vow: Someday I will turn the power of Niagara Falls into electricity. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World's Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, even the radio - all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions.

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Elizabeth Rusch

ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning children's book author and magazine writer. She writes both fiction and nonfiction in the areas of science, art, sports, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud - anything that catches her fancy. Her recent title, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , a Junior Library Guild selection, has garnered starred reviews from The Horn Book, School Library Journal, Booklist and Kirkus, which called the book "enthralling," "stellar," and "edge-of-your-seat reading. " It has been named a best book of 2012 by Kirkus, School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, and the Nonfiction Detectives, and was awarded an Orbis Pictus Honor. NSTA named it an Outstanding Science Trade Book. The Mighty Mars Rovers sold out of its first printing in just a few months. Rusch had three new books out in 2013. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , a Junior Library Guild selection, has been called "gripping" by the Wall Street Journal, "eye-opening" by School Library Journal (starred review) , and "high-stakes science," by Kirkus (starred review. ) (Charlesbridge) , named a Junior Library Guild selection and a Children's Book of the Month Club selection, has been described as "clever and appealing," (Kirkus) and "vibrant and stunning," (Shelf-employed) .Kirkus has called the picturebook biography (Candlewick) "a lively introduction to the life of an important figure in technology, someone whose ideas are still at the center of today's world. "In its starred review, Publishers' Weekly described Rusch's nonfiction picture book biography, (Tricycle Press/Random House) as "a moving portrait of an unsung musician. " Kirkus, in its starred review, called it "an extraordinarily constructed work. " The Oregonian named the book "a masterpiece. " It is in its second printing. Her first book, (Beyond Words/S&S) was a Smithsonian magazine Notable Children's Book and a finalist for the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award and the Oregon Book Award. It has been published in Korean and in audio book and is still in print more than a decade after publication. (Sasquatch) was a Natural History magazine Best Book for Young Readers, a Washington Reads pick, and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. It has been reprinted in hardcover. Her nonfiction picturebook biography (Rising Moon) which the L.A. Times called "a fascinating tale, charmingly told" was also an Oregon Book Award finalist and has been published in Korean.Rusch's picturebook, (Rising Moon) won the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature and was a finalist for the Illinois children's choice award. The San Francisco Chronicle called the book "a gem," and The Detroit Free Press described it as "a great story of imagination and inspiration." The b

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