I read this story in the late 80's or early 90's, but I suspect was written much earlier. It was about a precocious boy, about 10-12 years old, who was always getting into mischief.

One day he decides to experiment with the family TV with a soldering iron. While he is doing this there is an alien invasion force coming towards Earth because we are an easy target.

Due to this boy's experiment he creates a shield/weapon which drives the aliens away and then promptly burns out.

I say this was probably written much earlier because the family has only one TV and the author talks about vacuum tubes and such in describing the inside of the TV.

What is the name of this story?

  • The Adventures of Young MacGuyver? More serious: Do you know the country the story played in? Maybe names? Also the vacuum tubes and other stuff could be there to explain the boy being able to solder anything at all - in more modern TVs you can't really change or rewire a lot without simply damaging everything, due to the "excessive" use of ICs and PCBs. – Mario May 24 '14 at 19:03
  • No I do not remember any names. This was in middle school in the US so this book the story was in was probably from the 70's or earlier. I could have been from the public library. – user25866 May 25 '14 at 1:04

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