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Fraud Squad
By author: Michele Martin Bossley
Selling Points: "Paleontology, mystery"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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A few feet from my face, huge jaws smiled menacingly, revealing curved sharp teeth perfect for tearing flesh. The creature looked ready to pounce if I moved so much as a baby finger.

"That is one big ugly dude," my cousin Nick said, shaking his spiky black hair out of his face.

When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain of suspicious events, including the disappearance of important fossils and a fraudulent discovery at the dig, leads them to wonder what's going on. Is the new visiting scientist behind the fraud, or did Robyn's enthusiasm to save the dig lead her astray?
Tacoma School District #10 - January 5, 2012
"Good background information on archeology mixed with a 'whodunit' story will entice the reluctant reader."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - February 1, 2011
"Fast-paced action sets the scene for a group of students who have to solve the appearance of a marine dinosaur bone in Drumheller Alberta dinosaur digs...The size and the story will appeal to kids who may not like to read."
CM Magazine - January 29, 2010
"This book will find its place with educators and librarians looking to entice reluctant readers with appealing and accessible books."
Canadian Teacher - January 1, 2010
"A 'who-done-it' that will appeal to students who like mysteries."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011


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