Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Carla Mooney (Author) Samuel Carlbaugh (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Nomad Press (VT)
Publish Date
July 01, 2013
8.07 X 0.33 X 10.01 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World, and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, MI.


- Booklist
"Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people's understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource."

- Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award

- Science Books and Films
++: Highly Recommended
This book provides the reader a with wealth of information about forensic science. The timeline and history of forensics shows how long forensic science has been a part of human society. The book thoroughly covers many aspects of forensic science, while at the same time keeping the information fun and interesting. The information is presented in a step-wise fashion, allowing the reader to understand the content, and use what is learned in different case studies. The cartoons draw the reader in, while at the same time adding an additional layer of information. Overall this book offers the reader a fun way to approach scientific investigative studies.

- Other books in the series:
- Praise for Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound
- School Library Journal
"This overview is a STEAM advocate's delight. . . . an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music."
- Praise for Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

- Booklist
"A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics."
- National Science Teachers Association
". . .The book is written to the reader and I would use this book for a supplement if required to use a textbook. If I was not required to use a textbook, I would use this book for secondary classes. This book would be good to use with students that struggle with reading and content."

". . .this student directed approach to learning looks at the world of forensic science. The reader is shown how to find clues, analyze evidence and thus crack the case just the way real forensics investigators do. Carla Mooney's approach to this topic is to bring together hands-on investigation with history, science and technology as the young detectives discover how to carefully collect evidence and perform their own crime lab analysis. Designed for middle school students, the projects outlined in this book range from identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter and extracting DNA, to dealing with footprints and tire tracks and finding a forged signature. With entertaining illustrations and informative Forensic Fact sidebars that offer more information about the topic, this book will not only engage the reader but also make the young person want to know more about the subject."

- Archimedes Notebook: hands-on science exploration for children and their parents
". . . This is a wonderful book, and I can't believe I let it fall to the bottom of my book review basket. Especially since I enjoy watching Bones and NCIS! . . ."