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Did Zoe really poison her twin sister Chloe? What’s the best way to rescue a super-sized pig trapped in a deep, deep hole? And how can you stop a chilly ghost from wrecking a tree-house sleepover? Fifth-grade supersleuths (and science whizzes) Doyle and Fossey are about to find out—and young readers will love learning the solutions!

 

Fifth graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey use their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve cases which involve ...

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The Case of the Barfy Birthday

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Overview

Did Zoe really poison her twin sister Chloe? What’s the best way to rescue a super-sized pig trapped in a deep, deep hole? And how can you stop a chilly ghost from wrecking a tree-house sleepover? Fifth-grade supersleuths (and science whizzes) Doyle and Fossey are about to find out—and young readers will love learning the solutions!

 

Fifth graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey use their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve cases which involve food poisoning, missing terns, a haunted treehouse, and a pig in a pit.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The book's title alone is a great one. Kids like mysteries, parties, and pretty much anything dealing with barf, unless they are the ones doing it. The cover art features Nell inspecting with her magnifying glass, Doyle carrying out some test tube sleuthing, and partying! All of these pave the way for anticipation of what is to come. Readers ride along as Doyle and Fossey, sidekick detectives, are thrust into four tough cases in this book. Solutions to those mysteries are approached with scientifically, calculated expertise. Readers are shown the right way to go about solving things without being preached at. They will understand that in order to solve a mystery one needs to start with the problem, make observations and gather information, carry out tests, check and recheck the results, and then form a hypothesis based on the work done. Readers may easily learn simple scientific principles, like how a pulley works, by reading the text. Safety is also stressed. Added pluses appear in the form of seven different "activities and experiments for super-scientists" which follow the main body of text. Aspiring detectives who read this page-turner, can put on their lab coats (directions included on how to make one) and begin start their own mystery solving. They will be glad they did. This is the fourth in a series of "Doyle and Fossey Science Detectives." All books in the series are excellent! 2003, Dutton, Ages 8 to 12.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In this entertaining series entry, fifth-graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey solve four new cases using scientific methods. In the title story, the friends use deductive reasoning and their knowledge of bacteria to figure out why several people who attended a birthday party have become ill. Next, they come across some misplaced tern hatchlings and determine that habitat destruction has caused the rare birds to select a poor nesting area. When a snobbish classmate complains that she is being haunted, they discover that the ghost is really a slighted friend who is seeking revenge. Finally, Drake and Nell construct a pulley out of junk in order to rescue a pig that has fallen into a well. The Encyclopedia Brown-type characters and short and simple episodes will quickly grab readers, even reluctant ones. Humorous black-and-white illustrations depict the chaotic events. Several science experiments are included. Teachers may enjoy using this book to illustrate a science lesson, and Spy Kids-era readers will appreciate the idea that mysteries can be solved by science.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454903987
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 570,325
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michele Torrey holds a degree in microbiology and immunology. She has written the critically acclaimed Voyage of Midnight (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), To the Edge of the World (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003), and many others.

Barbara Johansen Newman was a puppeteer and doll maker before becoming a full-time illustrator. She both wrote and illustrated Sterling’s critically praised Tex & Sugar (2007). School Library Journal noted that her “Rich, vibrant illustrations, like an explosion of color, capture the sights of the city, while meticulous detail depicts the all-animal cast and a wide range of expressions.” Her work has been featured in national magazines, newspapers, calendars, cards, and more than a dozen books for children.



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Table of Contents

1 Situation Critical 3
2 Barfy Business 10
3 In the Bag 16
4 A Terrible Tragedy 25
5 Barko's SuperMart 32
6 Snob Club 40
7 Ghost Busting 49
8 The Pits 58
9 A Foolproof Plan 65
Activities and Experiments for Super-Scientists 75
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