The adventure continues as Patrick and Beth end up in New York City in 1928 as inventor Nikola Tesla is embroiled in a patent conflict with fellow inventor Thomas Edison.When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure to inspire their imaginations. With each book, they’re whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time. This easy-to-read adventure, number 21 in the series, is the latest in the long-running successful series that has sold over 750,000 books.
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Patrick rushed toward the Model T Imagination Station. He grabbed the passenger's-side handle and yanked the door open. A few gallons of ocean water poured onto the patio. The water splashed over his black shoes.
Old-fashioned dance music blared from the car's speakers.
Tesla looked at the yellow gizmo. "We're losing power," he said. "Mr. Inumaru, turn the hand crank!"
Mr. Inumaru said, "As you wish, Mr. Tesla. It's nice to see you again. I miss the old days when we both lived in New York. Your science experiments were the talk of the town!"
Mr. Inumaru grabbed the handle and turned the crank.
"Beth, get inside!" Patrick said.
Beth poked her head inside the machine. "Eww," she said, "there's seaweed on my seat."
She picked up a gray piece and tossed it into the bushes. Then she sat down.
Patrick turned to Tesla and said, "Eugene sent us to find you. He said you were the only one who could get us all back to our home."
Tesla squinted at Patrick. "Your home?" Tesla said. "I don't want to go to your home. I want to transport us to my home in Serbia. That's what this contraption does, correct?"
Beth and Patrick looked at each other. Why had Eugene thought Mr. Tesla could help us? Patrick wondered.
Just then, the dance music on the speakers stopped. A familiar voice came over the speakers. "Patrick! Beth!"
Patrick recognized Eugene's voice! But he sounded a little strange.
"I forgot to tell you something very important," Eugene said. "Whatever you do, don't allow Mr. Tesla to use the Imagination Station itself. Who knows what trouble he could cause if he —"
Suddenly, Tesla banged on the control panel three times with his fist. The speakers crackled. Eugene's voice stopped. Patrick wondered if the speaker had been broken.
"What is that voice?" asked Tesla. "And what is an Imagination Station?"
Beth quickly motioned to her cousin. "Come on, Patrick," she said. "We can squeeze in three."
Patrick shook his head. "The Imagination Station might not work with more than two inside," he whispered. "You go. Take Mr. Tesla back to New York. It's where he belongs."
Suddenly the Model T Imagination Station's headlights flickered and then blazed again.
Patrick stuck his head inside the car. "Reach over and turn the steering wheel," he whispered to Beth. "Get Mr. Tesla home. Maybe you'll learn why Eugene wanted us to find him. Then come back for me."
Beth nodded slowly. Patrick slammed the door shut.
Beth waved good-bye to Mr. Inumaru and Patrick. Then she grabbed the steering wheel. She spun it counterclockwise.
Patrick and Mr. Inumaru took a step backward. The car began to glow. The windshield filled with color. It looked like a kaleidoscope. It took only a second for the Model T to vanish. Beth and Tesla vanished along with it.
Excerpted from "Madman in Manhattan"
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Table of Contents
1 Mr. Tesla, 7,
2 Manhattan, 13,
3 Martians, 24,
4 The Elevator, 27,
5 Mr. Meltsner, 39,
6 Lewis Latimer, 46,
7 The Long Island Lab, 61,
8 Broken Glass, 70,
9 The Photo, 75,
10 Race to the Rooftop, 79,
11 The Missing Forty-Nine Years, 86,
12 The Helicopter, 98,
13 Wardenclyffe, 106,
14 Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford, 118,
15 Whit's End, 128,
Secret Word Puzzle, 133,