The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets & Super Sleuthing Skills to Solve the Mystery & Catch the Crooks

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9781579908492: The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets & Super Sleuthing Skills to Solve the Mystery & Catch the Crooks

What does it take to solve a crime? Inquiring kids want to know, so the kid super-sleuths at the Pinkerton Detective Agency have invited detectives-in-training to join them in unraveling a mystery. Along with the great story comes plenty of interesting projects, activities, and tasks. Imaginative watercolor illustrations feature visual clues just waiting to be found. Coded messages require deciphering. And to do their part, readers have to start a case file, complete with paperwork, photos, a crime scene sketch, and other pertinent details.

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Grade 5–7—This fictional narrative is filled with projects, activities, and tasks intended to hone one's sleuthing skills. Ellen "Pink" Pinkerton and her friends Sherman Homes and Mike Hu are middle school detectives who, along with her dog, Sam Spayed, are quick to take on the mystery of a missing high school student. Each character, in turn, speaks directly to the audience. As they attempt to solve the case, readers are given helpful clues. Tips and trivia appear in faint writing in sidebars and amid cartoon illustrations. Along the way, evidence is collected and forensic activities are suggested. Kids can learn how to dust for fingerprints, collect trace evidence, read invisible messages, etc. While this crime solving is serious business, the language is filled with humor. "The doorbell rang. It couldn't be the mail—the postman always rings twice." In the end, the young detectives solve the mystery, with all loose ends tied up. Pair this with Milton Meltzer's true-to-life Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work (Scholastic, 2001). The Master Detective Handbook is a perfect tool for getting the whole classroom involved in the science of crime investigation.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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