Children's LiteratureThis book is one of the 10 volumes of Set III: Universes Large and Small in the "Discovery Channel School Science Series." Although the introductory chapter needs a clearer and more concise definition of forensics, anyone who reads this book will come away with a good understanding of this fascinating subject and its use in solving seemingly impossible mysteries. Cleverly titled short chapters are filled with so much interesting�and, admittedly, sometimes gross�information that readers will want to keep turning the pages. In "No Bones About It," learn how forensics scientists analyze bones to identify unknown skeletons (often those of the victims of crimes or sometimes of wanted criminals). In "Real Strange Cases" read about a true case where pieces of grass destroyed a phony alibi and caught a murderer. Photographs and drawings illustrate every page. And activities that can be done by readers are highlighted in bright yellow. In one, "DNA Dilemma," an experiment to distinguish a blood sample from other liquids is outlined. Don't worry�the suggested source of blood is the blood often found at the bottom of a raw meat container. This subject is sure to fascinate kids�even those kids who are reluctant to read a "science book." 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
Anita Barnes Lowen