Summary (from Goodreads):
“In the science fair world of ketchup-spewing volcanoes and potato clocks, one boy, Niles Wormwart, plans to alter the history of science fairs with his time travel wristwatch based on Nicola Tesla’s work. Unfortunately, history has different plans for Niles. After Niles blows up his school’s science wing with his project, his father, deciding his son needs to man up, make some friends, and take a break from his constant experiments, sends unsuspecting Niles off to the mysterious Camp Mayhem. The only problem is that Niles’ father thinks it’s a role-playing camp. Well, it’s not. Headed up by the ominous Red Czechmark, Camp Mayhem is ground zero for training the future villains of today. A place for real kids to realize the real villain inside them. Niles sharpens his focus on escaping the camp while everyone inside wants him to sharpen his focus on discovering his own dark powers. There’s a sinister plot brewing, and Niles is dead in the middle of it. Thrust into a world he only thought existed in comic books. Niles discovers his true potential inside the walls of Camp Mayhem–the potential to become the darkest of evils or stay true to his good-hearted roots.”
This book would be the perfect present for most middlegrade readers. It’s absolutely laugh-out-loud funny, but there’s a lot of heart in there, too.
And if you’re into science, there’s some great information here, too. In case you still haven’t heard of Tesla, you need to read this book now.
I think most adults would love this book but I am most excited to get it for my godson. He’s going to have an absolute blast.