The Case of the Gasping Garbage

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Doyle and Fossey are on a mission—a monster mission! It seems there’s a giant bloodsucking monster gasping and gurgling in their friend Gabby’s garbage can. Can they figure out what’s up before the creature gobbles Gabby for lunch? This and four more cool cases will have kids checking out the clues—and learning great science too, including facts about the life cycle of a frog and chromatography.

Fourth-graders Drake Doyle and Nell...

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Overview

Doyle and Fossey are on a mission—a monster mission! It seems there’s a giant bloodsucking monster gasping and gurgling in their friend Gabby’s garbage can. Can they figure out what’s up before the creature gobbles Gabby for lunch? This and four more cool cases will have kids checking out the clues—and learning great science too, including facts about the life cycle of a frog and chromatography.

Fourth-graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases, involving a noisy garbage can, endangered frogs, a stuck truck, and a mysterious love letter. Includes a section of scientific experiments and activities.

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Children's Literature
Move over Encyclopedia Brown, here come Doyle and Fossey, science detectives. In a quartet of stories, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey solve the mystery of the garbage can monster, assist frogs in trekking to their breeding ground, come to the aid of a trucker whose rig is firmly wedged under a bridge, and reveal the identity of a love letter writer for a shy classmate. Solid science is wrapped in a quick narrative with snappy dialogue, and the sleuthing duo has just the right balance of savvy and keekiness. The reader cannot help but be drawn into the mysteries and may find she is solving the cases along with Doyle and Fossey. The parents, who are supportive and involved, play subordinate roles. There are tips about setting up a lab, using scientific method and even a few experiments for would-be scientists to try. Watch for this engaging book to catch on and sequels to follow. 2001, Dutton, $14.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Gr 3-5-When one of their fifth-grade classmates finds a monster in her garbage can, science detectives Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey rush to the rescue. After discovering that the receptacle is in a warm place and smells like bread, they have the solution. The pair go on to save local frogs from a gruesome death on the highway, free a truck stuck under a bridge, and reveal the identity of another classmate's secret admirer. The first in a new series, this book will appeal to fans of short mysteries and kids with an interest in science experiments. Torrey's style is light and funny, and the stories move at a rapid pace. Newman's quirky drawings appear throughout the text. While readers may quickly guess the cause of the "gasping garbage," the other mysteries and solutions are clever, and are explained in the "Activities and Experiments" section. Kids will enjoy reading about these young scientists who sometimes outsmart adults.-Ashley Larsen, Woodside Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402749605
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 105,941
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Monster Mission 3
2 Great Gasping Garbage! 11
3 Frog Hollow 22
4 To the Rescue! 33
5 A Dark Day 43
6 Simply Stumped 43
7 A Teeny-Tiny Case 51
8 Desperate Measures 43
Activities and Experiments for Super-Scientists 71
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