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When objects talk : solving a crime with science
Friedlander, Mark P.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., [2001]

Physical Description:
120 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
First there is blood : blood stain patterns -- And then a few clues : document examination -- The victim tells her story : the autopsy -- More puzzle pieces are gathered : studying particles -- More objects begin to talk : help from the university -- Into the cavern : forensic anthropology -- A visit to the warehouse : finding probable cause -- The search : audio reconstruction -- And there is more evidence : fingerprinting and DNA testing -- Closing in : the bullet speaks -- When all of the objects speak together : the crime is solved.
Reading Level:
1030 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.2 3.0 59112.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.4 8 Quiz: 35288 Guided reading level: Y.
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HV8073.8 .F76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Uncover the intriguing, and often mysterious, world of science in Lerner's Discovery! series. From late-breaking hot topics to conundrums whose answers have been concealed for centuries, books in this series provide in-depth coverage of science topics that young readers everywhere will find fascinating! Supports the national science education standards Unifying Concepts and Processes: Evidence, Models, and Explanation; Science as Inquiry; Science and Technology; and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives as outlined by the National Academics of Science and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Using a fictional murder case as the thread on which to string "beads" of forensic practices, the authors present a broad range of scientific techniques used by law-enforcement agencies around the world. From fingerprints to DNA, from basic autopsy to the cutting edge of facial reconstruction, the readable, informative text gives students an understanding of the scientific methods and how they are used to help police, lawyers, judges, and juries bring criminals to justice. Color photos (some informative, others merely decorative) keep pace with the text, the goriest being a skull in the early stages of facial reconstruction. There is an extensive glossary, a list of further readings (mostly adult titles), two Web sites (one devoted to careers in forensics), an index, and a very useful who's who in the criminal-justice system. Interesting and informative, this is superior to Vivien Bowers's Crime Science (Owl, 1997) or Peter Mellett's Solving a Crime (Heinemann Library, 1999). Team it with Donna M. Jackson's brilliant The Bone Detectives (Little, Brown, 1996) and her fascinating The Wildlife Detectives (Houghton, 2000) to demonstrate how the forensic methodology so clearly described by Friedlander and Phillips solved real crimes.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.