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Bio-pirate

Bio-pirate

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by Michele Martin Bossley
     
 

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Trevor, Robyn and Nick decide they have a mystery to solve when Trevor discovers a suspicious looking young man snooping around. They learn about missing research involving the use of carob beans to aid in cancer treatment-potentially valuable information. With a shady looking grad student, a bitter activist and an employee of a medical research firm to deal with,

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Trevor, Robyn and Nick decide they have a mystery to solve when Trevor discovers a suspicious looking young man snooping around. They learn about missing research involving the use of carob beans to aid in cancer treatment-potentially valuable information. With a shady looking grad student, a bitter activist and an employee of a medical research firm to deal with, our amateur sleuths are faced with their greatest challenge yet.

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"This is a fast-paced novel useful in a reading-tutor class...great for a grade 9 or 10 student in such a class." [Rated Excellent.]
Tucson Unified School District
"Highly recommended."
CM Magazine
"This mystery involving a shady graduate student and a vengeful activist is right up the alley for the amateur sleuths…and the ending makes the reader realize that right and wrong frequently have shades of grey. Recommended."
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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
While participating in a University of Calgary summer science camp, Trevor, his cousin Nick, and their friend Robyn encounter Nola, a bossy camper; Meredith, a camp instructor; and a mysterious tattooed man. The teenagers become aware of pharmaceutical research at that university, especially efforts by scientists, including Nola's father Dr. Pierce, to create medicines from plants and organic substances to combat cancer. They learn secrecy is often associated with medical research because scientists can acquire wealth by selling legal rights for drugs they have designed, to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Nola emphasizes how some greedy researchers steal ideas from scientists and resources from indigenous people gifted with herbal remedies without compensating them for their knowledge. Dr. Pierce reveals that a graduate student's research notes describing his botanical investigations for health applications have disappeared. Intrigued, the characters decide to find the notes, pursuing clues on campus and in the community and confronting suspicious persons, including the person they call Tattoo Guy. Medical and scientific information, such as how carob beans are pharmaceutically beneficial, provide details which help the characters identify the research thief and the motives for that crime. This title in the "Orca Currents" series presents a compact mystery with an intriguing premise and technological sleuthing techniques that might appeal to reluctant readers. Pair with Rob Thomas's Green Thumb (1999), which also features a protagonist who outwits unethical researchers. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551438931
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,186,486
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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It had only been seconds, but I glanced up and realized that I was alone in the office. The rest of the class had already reached the stairwell.

A pair of eyeballs peered over the edge of the desk. I froze in shock.

They were human eyeballs...that were still attached to a human head.

I suppressed the urge to yell as a guy popped up from behind a desk and started toward me. Something metal gleamed in one hand. He had a scruffy goatee, a nose ring and a tattoo on his upper arm.

The spit in my mouth dried instantly. My feet were moving before my brain gave the command to run. I sped out of the office and down the stairs, slamming the door behind me.

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley is the author of numerous novels for young people. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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