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The Case of the Graveyard Ghost (Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives Series)

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Who you gonna call to ghostbust a graveyard spook? Doyle and Fossey, that’s who! They’re on the job and ready to free a snobby girl from a tight situation, uncover the culprit who’s ruining some prize roses, nab a dangerous smuggler of rare animals, and of course…reveal the truth about that pesky ghost!

 

Now in fifth grade, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases, involving...

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Overview

Who you gonna call to ghostbust a graveyard spook? Doyle and Fossey, that’s who! They’re on the job and ready to free a snobby girl from a tight situation, uncover the culprit who’s ruining some prize roses, nab a dangerous smuggler of rare animals, and of course…reveal the truth about that pesky ghost!

 

Now in fifth grade, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases, involving a noisy laundry chute, a ruined flower show, and a ghost.

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Children's Literature
Fifth-graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey use detective and science methods to solve a variety of cases told in two or three chapters apiece. Each story has a science activity tangentially related to the story. For instance, the detectives improbably use baking soda and vinegar to blast Sloane, a stuck-up snob, out of her laundry chute and the activity suggested is to blast a hardboiled egg out of a tube. The facetious stories feature snappy dialogue, every child's dream of supportive parents who supply transportation and equipment with perfect trust in their children, and two foils in Sloane and her pal Frisco. Scientific principles of reflections and capillary action plus ideas about codes and illegal wildlife trade are introduced in the mystery and explored in the back matter. More hip than the Einstein Anderson prototype on which they're based, these stories appeal to readers who don't mind a little hyperbole in the telling. It's not a Halloween collection as much as a ghost-and-mystery one. 2002, Dutton,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In the third installment of this series, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to use their love of science to solve mysteries. The four cases presented here include the extraction of a classmate trapped in her laundry chute, the identification of who or what is menacing the annual Budding Botanists Junior Rose Club competition, the hair-raising revelation of the ghost of the Old Mossy Graveyard, and exposing the culprits involved in the illegal sale of rare Diamond Tipped Parrots. The fifth-grade detectives are aided by their parents and Nell's dog, Dr. Livingston. The end of the book presents activities and experiments for readers to pursue in their efforts to become junior science detectives. The stories move quickly, holding readers' interest. The resolutions are viable and the elements used to crack each case are based on scientific principles. The main characters are believable and thoroughly engaging. Pencil illustrations complement the tales. Early chapter-book readers will be enchanted with the deductive skills and humor of Doyle and Fossey, whose adventures will remind the readers of Cam Jansen and Einstein Anderson.-Linda B. Zeilstra, Skokie Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402749636
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 201,314
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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