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Forensics Squad Unleashed
By author: Monique Polak
Selling Points: forensics, fingerprints, photography, mystery, dognapping, friendship, summer camp, learning, danger
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/28/2016
Pages: 208
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $9.95
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Tabitha is thrilled to be attending a summer forensics camp, even if she has to go with her sort-of friend Mason. Soon she is learning to dust for fingerprints, photograph a crime scene and take footprint impressions. Even though the camp instructors have set up a “crime” for the kids to solve, Tabitha longs to use her newfound skills to solve a real-life mystery. She’s pretty sure a dognapping ring is active in her Montreal neighborhood, and when her beloved dog, Roxie, is stolen, she convinces her forensics “team” to help her find Roxie and nab the ’nappers.
School Library Connection - August 1, 2016
"Characters are well developed and the interaction realistic...recommended."
Resource Links - April 1, 2016
"The action will keep readers interested."
Booklist - March 3, 2016
"For the niche crew fascinated by the nitty-gritty of DNA evidence, handwriting analysis, footwear impressions, and crime scene investigation, put this one in their fingerprint-dusted hands."
Kirkus Reviews - January 15, 2016
"Tabitha narrates, and Polak keeps the focus on her excitement as she works her way through not only evidence, but some new life lessons...Science and courage make for an appealing mystery for dog lovers."

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, commended  CA  2016
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2017

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