Forest Slump: The Case of the Pilfered Pine Needles

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9780070063884: Forest Slump: The Case of the Pilfered Pine Needles

Local loco J. Angstrom Snerr Claims someone is stealing his pine needles! Is there really a band of needle-nappers sweeping the forest floors clean? With a high-tech stakeout and some trademark Super Crew sleuthing, our intrepid teens solve another tree-mendous mystery.

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"When you want the facts, we hit the tracks!" The Kinetic City Super Crew springs into action to save a forest from a mysterious menace. Hop on board the KC Express train with Crew memebers Megan, Curtis, Max, and Keisha as they use high-tech super-sleuthing and good, old-fashioned brain power to find out what's wiping out the woods.

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Grade 4-6?Based on a popular public radio show, this series set in the near future chronicles the adventures of the Kinetic City Super Crew, seven ambitious young people who travel the world in a tireless quest for "truth, justice, and the perfect deep-dish pizza." In this episode, four of the Crew members receive a call from their friend Mr. Snerr, who claims that the pine needles in his forest in South Carolina are disappearing. Accompanied by their talkative supercomuter ALEC, the kids speed south on the high-tech Kinetic City Express train, quickly nab the pine-needle thieves, and manage to learn quite a bit about forest ecosystems in the process. An afterword explains that all of the Kinetic City Super Crew adventures are based on "real science." Although there is lots of action and silly jokes abound, the book's obvious purpose is to teach, and the Super Crew kids never develop beyond one-note characters. The series may appeal to fans of the radio show, but most kids will see through the gimmick and turn to the nonfiction shelves for good books about science. Several pages of puzzles that may tempt children to write in the book make it more appropriate for home use than for libraries.?Dawn Amsberry, Oakland Public Library, CA
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