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Over the Edge: Forensic Accident Reconstruction

Over the Edge: Forensic Accident Reconstruction

by Kenneth McIntosh

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Gr 6-10

Looking for excitement, five students join the new Crime Scene Club at their high school. Different forensic tools and techniques are presented in each title as the students solve crimes and mysteries that, in one case, has stumped their local Flagstaff, AZ police department for decades. The teens bring unique skills to each crime, including Wire, who can hack into Web sites with ease. They all become involved in situations that stretch believability as they elude death by escaping from blocked caves, stop bullets with a scrap piece of metal held in a bra, jump from cars as they plunge over cliffs, and wrestle drug-crazed bears while suffering from hypothermia. In spite of the police chief's threats to end the club, the members continue their activities under the direction of Detective Dorothy Kwan, who is rarely around when things get intense. Bruises, broken bones, and hospital stays are routine. Occasional computer-generated illustrations add little. Each fictional story concludes with a "Forensic Notes" chapter that includes a brief glossary for each chapter along with background information on procedures, specialized equipment, legal issues, and crime-scene strategies. These titles try to do too much by also addressing many of the social and health problems that teens face. The computer-game-style action and current interest in the topic will help this series find an audience but the heavy-handed writing and awkward dialogue may lose it.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
Crime Scene Club: Fact and Fiction Series
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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