At the Crime Scene!: Collecting Clues and Evidence

At the Crime Scene!: Collecting Clues and Evidence

by Carol Ballard
     
 

Who did It?

How do crime scene investigators collect evidence? In At the Crime Scene! you can learn how forensic scientists search for and record clues, and work things out for yourself with the hands-on activities.

About The Author Carol Ballard is an experienced science teacher and consultant who has written many science books for children and teenagers.

Overview

Who did It?

How do crime scene investigators collect evidence? In At the Crime Scene! you can learn how forensic scientists search for and record clues, and work things out for yourself with the hands-on activities.

About The Author Carol Ballard is an experienced science teacher and consultant who has written many science books for children and teenagers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
With the popularity of such TV shows as NCIS, Bones, and CSI, interest in forensics has reached a peak. Part of the "Solve That Crime!" series from Enslow Publishers, this book shows readers how scientists collect and analyze forensic evidence in the process of crime solving. Written in easy to understand language with each subtopic covered in a few short paragraphs, accompanied by information-packed sidebars, it is ideal for the reluctant reader. Only forty-eight pages long, it covers fingerprints and bite marks; environmental clues such as soil, plants, weather, tides and currents; clues from weapons and tools; biological evidence such as blood, hair, and DNA; how the presence of insects on a dead body can help investigators determine time and place of death; and finally, covers the training required to become a forensic scientist. The layout is very appealing with its use of color-coded sidebars to present supplemental information. Of particular interest are the "True Crime" sidebars which show readers how forensic techniques were used in solving actual crimes, and "Examine The Evidence" sidebars which ask readers to perform their own forensic experiments such as collecting soil from various locations and examining samples for differences, or making their own fingerprints. Full color photos accompany the text. Also included is a comprehensive table of contents and index, glossary, and suggestions for further reading, both on the internet and in print. It all adds up to a quality product and a welcome addition to library shelves. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9–These books offer a variety of topics dealing with forensic science and include more than just body and blood evidence. Each title boasts in-depth information, sidebars detailing events of true crime, and activities that will increase understanding. Two of the most interesting titles are Virtual Crime! and Counterfeit! However, there is a great deal of repetition, particularly in the Ballard titles. Photographs are colorful, well-captioned, and related to the text, and include no bloody bodies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766033733
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Solve That Crime! Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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