Forensic Crime Solvers: Blood Evidence

Forensic Crime Solvers: Blood Evidence

by Barbara B. Rollins, Michael Dahl

Describes how blood analysis is used to solve crimes, including the tests performed by lab technicians on samples to determine blood type and other characteristics, and finding, saving and interpreting blood evidence.  See more details below


Describes how blood analysis is used to solve crimes, including the tests performed by lab technicians on samples to determine blood type and other characteristics, and finding, saving and interpreting blood evidence.

Editorial Reviews

This six-book series attempts to explain forensic science to young readers. Chock full of color photographs, these brief volumes offer an overview of their specific topics, and each contains a notebook-like page that highlights certain information such as "Time of Death" and "Types of Bloodstains." Both Blood Evidence and Cause of Death present solid, clearly stated facts about the people, circumstances, and hard science involved in criminal investigations. What is confusing is the series' intended audience. Simply written using large print, these books are given a reading level of grade four and an interest level of grades three through nine by the publisher. Cause of Death, however, contains photographs of a cadaver and an autopsy incision that could upset younger readers. Blood Evidence has photographs of a bloody knife and a bloody crime scene. A visit to one of the Internet sites for Cause of Death yielded a site with a warning about strong graphic images and descriptions. Color photos of a dead pig in various states of decomposition as well as a black-and-white photo of a decomposing human skull proved the caveat appropriate. The books in this series have good information for those interested in forensic science. Because of the graphic nature of the books' photographs and suggested Internet sites, these books are best suited for mature junior high and high school students despite their more juvenile appearance. (Forensic Crime Solvers). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Capstone, 32p.;Glossary. Index. Photos. Biblio., PLB . Ages 12 to 18.
—Rachelle Bilz
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Solid, sometimes graphic introductions to crime solving through forensics. Each one starts with a specific scenario and then describes how evidence is secured and evaluated to solve the case. In Death, a photo shows a medical examiner cutting into the chest of a cadaver. While these photographs are not for the squeamish, they do reinforce the serious tone of the narratives. The large type and abundant illustrations make these books fascinating, quick reads. Words such as "bifurcation" and "phenolphthalein" are defined in glossaries. Asides printed on what looks like torn pieces of notebook paper add more details. There is minimal duplication among the texts, and the books are brief, so it's unfortunate that all four were not produced as one volume. Marc P. Friedlander, Jr., and Terry M. Phillips's When Objects Talk (Lerner, 2001) offers much of the same information found in these four volumes. Still, Rollins and Dahl's short, clearly written entries will appeal to browsers, report writers, and hi/lo readers.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Forensic Crime Solvers Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.32(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

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