Join sixth grader James Shoo, also known as Gum, and his friends Cat, Egg, and Sam as they solve the mystery of the missing dinosaur bones and chickens at the River City Natural History Museum. Their class is there on a field trip with Mr. Spade. The team suspects Anton’s mother stole the chickens because she has a pillow store and she needs the feathers. Other suspects include fellow classmate Harriet, an animal rights activist, and Chuck’s Cluck Cluck, the fried chicken restaurant next door to the museum. They suspect Jace stole the dinosaur bones so he can sketch the bones whenever he wants. As the team uncovers the truth, the mysteries are solved. Filled with color illustrations, this exciting and humorous mystery might spark an interest in paleontology. One of the “Field Trip Mysteries, it includes a detective’s dictionary and questions to evoke further examination of the story. Reviewer: Tina Chan; Ages 9 to 12.
Steve Brezenoff is the author ofmore than fiftymiddle-grade chapter books, includingthe Field Trip Mysteries series, the Ravens Pass series of thrillers, and the Return to Titanic series. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, cycling, and cooking. Steve lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter.
Spanish-born Marcos Calo began his career working for various Spanish animation studios as a concept artist for CGI movies. During that time he also worked freelance doing illustration, commercial work, and occasionally comic books. Marcos usually works digitally, although he still likes to start his drawings on paper first. After wandering around different cities, he is finally settled in A Coruña, where his collection of comics and picture books is always growing.