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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Bio-piracy, mystery, science
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2008
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
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Trevor, Robyn and Nick decide they have a mystery to solve when Trevor discovers a suspicious looking young man snooping around. They learn about missing research involving the use of carob beans to aid in cancer treatment-potentially valuable information. With a shady looking grad student, a bitter activist and an employee of a medical research firm to deal with, our amateur sleuths are faced with their greatest challenge yet.

Tucson Unified School District
"Highly recommended."
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"This is a fast-paced novel useful in a reading-tutor class...great for a grade 9 or 10 student in such a class." [Rated Excellent.]
CM Magazine
"This mystery involving a shady graduate student and a vengeful activist is right up the alley for the amateur sleuths…and the ending makes the reader realize that right and wrong frequently have shades of grey. Recommended."

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