Science super-sleuths Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are back—this time in a never-before-published addition to the popular series! They’ve got an exciting collection of cases, too: Are ghosts and ghouls keeping Edgar Glum awake? Have aliens invaded Mossy Swamp? What’s the crooked game everyone’s losing at the carnival? And why is the town bridge going bananas? Kids will have fun following the clues—and learning about such real scientific principles as amplification, ecosystems, magnetic fields, and more. Plus, budding Doyles and Fosseys will find actual experiments to try!
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When The Case of the Crooked Carnival showed up in our mailbox I wasn¿t sure what to think. I hadn¿t had any previous experience with the series (of which this is the fifth), but my seven-year-old latched onto the book and wouldn¿t let go. I found her paging through it at all times of day, and though her reading skills weren¿t quite up to tackling it as a read-alone she did try to read it, she was so motivated.When I read it to her as a read-aloud she was continually begging for another chapter, commenting on how exciting the book was and how interesting. Combining science with mystery and detective work, Michele Torrey has created a winner with the Doyle and Fossey series.The ten brief chapters divide into four short mysteries that can be treated as stand-alones, though they are presented in a typical chapter-book format rather than being divided into separate tales. Barbara Johansen Newman liberally provides playful black and white illustrations alongside the text to pique the interest of young readers.Doyle and Fossey investigate a `haunted house¿, deal with an invasive plant species, de-bunk a suspicious carnival game, and save the town from a bridge gone wild! The scientific concepts integrated into the stories is elaborated upon further in the ¿Activities and Experiments for Super-Scientists¿ section which provides hands-on science activities that flesh out the concepts and introduce young readers to the scientific method.My daughter is eagerly anticipating the addition of future Doyle and Fossey titles to our home library. If your child is into the ¿mystery-series¿ stage of reading, she (and therefore I) can¿t recommend this series highly enough.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com