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Fraud Squad
     

Fraud Squad

by Michele Martin Bossley
 

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When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain of suspicious events, including the disappearance of important fossils and a fraudulent discovery at the dig, leads them to wonder what's going on. Is the

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When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain of suspicious events, including the disappearance of important fossils and a fraudulent discovery at the dig, leads them to wonder what's going on. Is the new visiting scientist behind the fraud, or did Robyn's enthusiasm to save the dig lead her astray?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
On a school trip to the museum in Alberta, Trevor, the first person narrator leans too far over to inspect the jawbone of a dinosaur fossil and brings down the entire structure. His buddies Nick and Robyn are not surprised at his clumsiness. But, no problem! The paleontologist guide, who is the mother of another classmate Hailey, explains that the model is plastic. The opening does not set up the plot, however. The real issue is revealed several chapters later when a graduate student paleontologist, Mr. Joe, mentions that the state is reducing funding for digs, possibly resulting in the end of his research and in Hailey and her mother having to move. To raise funds, Robyn, improbably, organizes a school fair at which she tells fortunes, some of which come true. The story becomes a mystery when Mr. Joe discovers bones of an Ichthylobuttosaur—nicknamed Itchy Butt, undoubtedly to please male readers—previously found only south of the border in South Dakota. The bones are sure to attract funding. But are they real? Or did Mr. Joe plant them to secure funding for his research? Or did Robyn plant them, for complicated reasons, to protect her identity as a fortune-teller? Through incisive sleuthing, Trevor deduces that the real culprit is Hailey, who does not want to move. The story is methodically plotted, conveys a modicum of information about dinosaurs in a heavy-handed way, and provides sufficient red herrings to make the mystery mildly suspenseful. The characters are flat but not unappealing. This is an inoffensive, not entirely believable book that may hold the interest of readers, both male and female. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
CM Magazine
"This book will find its place with educators and librarians looking to entice reluctant readers with appealing and accessible books."
Canadian Teacher
"A 'who-done-it' that will appeal to students who like mysteries."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Fast-paced action sets the scene for a group of students who have to solve the appearance of a marine dinosaur bone in Drumheller Alberta dinosaur digs...The size and the story will appeal to kids who may not like to read."
Tacoma School District #10
"Good background information on archeology mixed with a 'whodunit' story will entice the reluctant reader."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554694723
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
228 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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A few feet from my face, huge jaws smiled menacingly, revealing curved sharp teeth perfect for tearing flesh. The creature looked ready to pounce if I moved so much as a baby finger.

"That is one big ugly dude," my cousin Nick said, shaking his spiky black hair out of his face.

Meet the Author

Award winning author Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books. 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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