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Forensics (Kingfisher Knowledge Series)

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Explore the crime lab with Forensics and discover how detectives use science to solve crimes. From the scene of the crime to a criminal's conviction, discover how the marks of blood, footprints, and fingerprints can lead the police to criminals. Find out how specialists can match trace evidence, such as a single hair found on a victim, to the murderer. Learn how famous crimes were solved and, like a true detective, find out whether it was arson, poison, or murder.

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Overview

Explore the crime lab with Forensics and discover how detectives use science to solve crimes. From the scene of the crime to a criminal's conviction, discover how the marks of blood, footprints, and fingerprints can lead the police to criminals. Find out how specialists can match trace evidence, such as a single hair found on a victim, to the murderer. Learn how famous crimes were solved and, like a true detective, find out whether it was arson, poison, or murder.

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"This book presents the real information behind TV shows like CSI...The aspiring forensic scientist can gain a wealth of information."
- Science Scope

Children's Literature
The glowing, neon blue and orange handprint on the cover is certainly an eye-catching introduction to this subject matter. Inside, the reader finds lots of big, colorful and dramatic photographs with an organized and interesting text. The book is divided into three main chapters with many subdivisions. Each chapter ends with a summary page, which includes a "Go further" segment. This lists web sites, further reading, related career paths and a list of interesting places to visit. The "Sign of the Crime" chapter discusses the crime scene, collecting evidence, photography, telltale marks, finding a body, lifting prints, and the technique of using special chemicals to enhance fingerprints and bloodstains. The "Who is it?" chapter is all about victim and criminal identification. This chapter discusses evidence from blood, DNA analysis, teeth and bones, artist's renderings of suspects, matching fingerprints, identifying the unknown culprit, and proving guilt. The last chapter, "Crime Lab," deals with the autopsy, how the victim died, tracing evidence, finding proof, computers and crime, bombs, fires, drugs, poisons, weapons, fakes and forgeries. The back matter contains an index and a glossary. This book is part of Kingfisher's "Kingfisher Knowledge" series which also includes Animal Giants, Archaeology, Castles and Forts, Communication from Hieroglyphics to Hyperlinks, Dangerous Creatures, Endangered Planet, Genes and DNA, Life in Ancient Rome, Microscopic Life, Mummies, Pirates and Smugglers, Spies, and Stars and Planets. 2005, Kingfisher, Ages 8 to 14.
—Sally J. K. Davies
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
This book consists primarily of illustrations, and they are sophisticated photographs such as those found in National Geographic Magazine. There are three chapters: Signs of the Crime, Who is It?, and Crime Lab. Discussed are crimes such as murder, arson, and forgeries. The text is not lengthy, but there is nothing childish about the vocabulary or ideas presented. With the popularity of crime-lab TV shows, even younger YAs will be familiar with such terms as "pathologist," "toxicologist," DNA analysis," and the like. Anyone intrigued by crime detection will find this book interesting. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-This book looks at the trendy topic of collecting and analyzing evidence. Each spread focuses on a subtopic under the categories "Signs of the Crime," "Who Is It?" and "Crime Lab." Abundant, close-up color photographs illustrate everything from ballistics to counterfeit money. Up-to-date events are discussed, such as the DNA identification of the December 2004 tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean. Each chapter concludes with a summary, suggestions for further research, career possibilities, and places to visit. While other titles offer more depth, this visually appealing book gives a basic overview of everything that goes into investigating a crime and is good for browsing. Reluctant readers doing research will find the informative snippets manageable.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753458624
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/13/2005
  • Series: Kingfisher Knowledge Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: IG1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Platt is the author of more than fifty books for children. He is the author of Eureka! which was chosen as a 2004 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the CBC and NSTA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    great book for anyone interested in a field with forensics

    Overall, this book was everything i hoped it would be. It had great detail in every subject it showed and made me want to pursue a career in forensics even more. I absolutely recommend this book.

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