Forensics for Kids: The Science and History of Crime Solving, With 21 Activities (For Kids series)
With the popularity of mysteries for middle-grade readers and the many, many TV shows about crime labs, it’s no wonder young readers are interested in forensics. This wonderful book is going to satisfy those readers in every way.
It opens with a timeline taking readers from the first recorded autopsy to the recent Rapid DNA Act. Seven chapters cover all aspects of forensic science from hair analysis to odontology to tool mark examination to handwriting analysis and much more. There are stories of actual cases that discuss what forensic tools were used and how they helped to solve the cases.
There are also made-up example cases that are designed to engage readers in doing their own forensic analyses. Readers are given instructions for assembling their own forensic kit, which will allow them to do the work required. In addition, there is an excellent glossary, a list of resources including museums and websites, notes including articles and interviews, and a selected bibliography.
This book would be particularly useful in science classes to really get kids engaged and would also help groups form forensic clubs, although individuals will also enjoy it. Don’t miss this terrific book.
|Chicago Review Press
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