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Investigating crime

crime_eldridge_trace evidenceEldridge, Stephen Trace Evidence: Dead People Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

Faulk, Michelle Gun Crimes: Dead People Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

Latta, Sara L. Bones: Dead People Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

Latta, Sara L. Cybercrime: Data Trails Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

Latta, Sara L. DNA and Blood: Dead People Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

Stiefel, Chana Fingerprints: Dead People Do Tell Tales
Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow

True Forensic Crime Stories series. This series uses real-life examples from the eighteenth century through today to introduce readers to forensic science. Case studies demonstrate how investigators use chemistry, biology, and good detective skills to solve crimes. The science is generally accessible and the accompanying photographs are well used. (Ignore the pages’ hokey blood spatters.) Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Crime; Forensic science; Guns; DNA; Human body—Blood; Computers; Internet; Bones

crime_gardner_who can solve the crimeGardner, Robert Who Can Solve the Crime?: Science Projects Using Detective Skills
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary

Gardner, Robert Who Forged This Document?: Crime-Solving Science Projects
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary

Gardner, Robert Whose Bones Are These?: Crime-Solving Science Projects
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary

Gardner, Robert Whose Fingerprints Are These?: Crime-Solving Science Projects
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary

Who Dunnit? Forensic Science Experiments series. Following an introduction to detection (Crime), Gardner covers the basics of forensic handwriting analysis and ink chromatography (Document); anthropology and ballistics (Bones); and fingerprint, lip-print, and bite mark analysis (Fingerprints). Each chapter of these serviceable volumes contains ideas for science experiments (some of which are only marginally related to the book’s subject); sidebars offer case studies and “Who Dunnit?” puzzles to solve. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Science and Experiments; Science projects; Crime; Forensic science; Bones

crime_gardner_who can solve the crimeHanson, Anders Detective’s Tools
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     ABDO

Hanson, Anders Police Officer’s Tools
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     ABDO

More Professional Tools series. Each title directly explains the profession and focuses on four tools of the trade. Many of the color photographs featuring multicultural groups of male and female workers look overly posed, though the photos of actual tools are clear and well labeled. The approachable text and subject matter will be useful for school reports. Matching games and quizzes are appended. Glos.
Subjects: Occupations and Careers; Detectives; Crime; Forensic science; Police officers

miller_borden murdersMiller, Sarah The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century
Middle school, high school
     284 pp.     Schwartz & Wade/Random

Miller relates both the immediate events leading up to the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden and the legal proceedings against their daughter, Lizzie Andrews Borden. By giving a play-by-play commentary of this whole affair, Miller is able to also examine various swaths of late-nineteenth-century American social, cultural, political history. While it reads like a novel, the book nevertheless scrupulously hews to the facts. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Murder; Trials

crime_murray_overturning wrongful convictionsMurray, Elizabeth A. Overturning Wrongful Convictions: Science Serving Justice
Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century

Years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit: it seems like a nightmare, but forensic scientist Murray tells the stories of some of the over 1,400 Americans who have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated since 1989. With glossy pages and occasional color photos, the text is detailed enough for research but engaging enough for leisure reading. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Prisons and prisoners; Forensic science; Crime; Justice

From the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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