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The Crime Scene Club: Facts & Fiction

In today's world, crime scene investigation is one of the topics both adults and teens find most fascinating. Countless television shows and novels are inspired by forensic investigations' new scientific techniques. Meanwhile, forensic science is one of the fastest growing career fields in North America; and colleges, high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools are adding forensic science classes to their curriculum. What's more, educational researchers credit forensic studies with helping students do better in other subject areas as well; "We find that it teaches research skills, analytic thought patterns, persistence and patience, and self-confidence," a Harvard professor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

This new series uses both fact and fiction to introduce teens to the exciting world of forensic investigation. Readers of every ability level will be drawn into the suspenseful stories with their believable cast of characters, while the nonfiction portion at the end of each volume increases readers' vocabularies, expands their understanding of the science behind crime scene investigation, and deepens their understanding of the cultural and social issues involved in the world of crime solving. "Graphic novel" illustrations add to the stories' excitement and appeal, while color photographs clearly illustrate the concepts discussed in the nonfiction text

12 volumes
2009
12 & up
7th & up
5 x 8 inches
Carla Miller Noziglia, Senior Forensic Advisor, U.S. Dept. of Justice
A Stranger's Voice: Forensic Speech
by Kenneth McIntosh

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You can run from your past, but you can't hide, even if you're the Crime Scene Club genius known as "Wire." What Wire thought was an innocent little hack turns into a whirlwind escapade involving his girlfriend, his estranged father, the mob, and a super-secret government agency. Combining voice analysis facts with cloak-and-dagger conspiracy, this final CSC case raises adventure to a whole new level.

Close-Up: Forensic Photography
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Wire signed up for a nice California vacation: fun, sun, and a chance to meet his online girlfriend. But the murder of a local surfer turns vacationland into a life-and-death mystery. Anyone could be the killer: local mobsters, gangstas, even movie stars. Can Wire out-think an evil mastermind? This fifth book in the CSC series provides information about forensic photography, along with shutter-speed thrills.

Devil's Canyon: Forensic Geography
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Think your life is difficult? Lupe Arellano struggles with an eating disorder and a complicated romantic situation. Yet those problems are nothing compared to what happens when she joins Crime Scene Club. Now, Lupe has to locate a lost treasure and survive attacks by a murderer guarding his hidden fortune. This first book in the CSC series provides information about forensic geography along with edge-of-your-seat adventure.

Face from the Past: Skull Reconstruction
by Kenneth McIntosh

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"I wouldn't touch those bones . . . very dangerous." That's what Lupe Arellano's friend tells her, but Lupe is fascinated by the mystery of an ancient skull. Now, two young women living centuries apart are both threatened by the same mysterious evil. This sixth book in the CSC series provides information about forensic reconstruction techniques, along with haunting chills

If the Shoe Fits: Footwear Analysis
by Kenneth McIntosh

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What if you had one chance to rescue a falsely convicted man from execution and redeem your own tortured past at the same time? Jessa Carter thinks she can do just that. But she has no idea how thin the line is between good and evil, and how high the stakes are in this life-and-death game. The eighth CSC book provides information about forensic footwear analysis, while it keeps readers clinging to every clue.

Numbering the Crime: Forensic Mathematics
by Kenneth McIntosh

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"All my life I've been told, 'Don't open your door to strangers,' but would it really hurt to do that just once?" Jessa Carter discovers it can hurt more than she ever imagined in this eleventh book of the CSC series. As Jessa desperately seeks a means of escape from ruthless kidnappers, her friends race to locate and rescue her. Readers learn about forensic mathematics while strapped in for edge-of-your-seat adventure. After this book, the Crime Scene Club will never be the same again.

Over the Edge: Forensic Accident Reconstruction
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Maeve Murphy has never accepted boundaries, so when the Crime Scene Club is baffled by a case, she throws herself recklessly into an undercover role, investigating the fast and furious world of street racing. Along the way, she has to choose between two young men: one of whom may be a killer. This second book in the CSC series provides information about forensic accident reconstruction, along with over-the-edge excitement.

Poison and Peril: Forensic Toxicology
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Life has not been kind to Jessa Carter, but it takes a particularly nasty turn when her beloved art teacher turns up dead. Jessa thinks she knows who did it, but she will have to find proof. Proof becomes even more important when she has to save herself from the effects of a mysterious poison. This fourth book in the CSC series combines information about forensic toxicology with heart-pounding suspense.

The Earth Cries Out: Forensic Chemistry and Environmental Science
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Lupe Arellano figured a winter camping trip with Crime Scene Club would be a good way to bond with her friends and learn about environmental forensics. Little did she imagine that her wilderness trek would bring both unexpected romance and life-threatening peril. This ninth CSC book provides both factual information on chemistry and first-rate fiction, with bone-chilling outdoor suspense.

The Monsoon Murder: Forensic Meteorology
by Kenneth McIntosh

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In the morning, Maeve Murphy is trying to film a movie titled Blood and White Lace. Before the day ends, she's been framed for drug possession; and her brother is wanted for murder. Now, she will need all her wits and courage while fighting for her freedom and her very life. This seventh book in the CSC series provides information about forensic meteorology, along with adrenaline-pumping action.

The Trickster's Image: Forensic Art
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Ken Benally struggles with life's choices: how to decide between two beautiful girls, how to balance the competing demands of school activities, and how to satisfy his overly demanding father. But these challenges are nothing compared to the trouble he faces when a fortune in Native art is stolen, and his mother is a suspect in the case. It seems that the Trickster Coyote has put a curse on Ken, one that threatens all he holds dear. This third book in the CSC series provides information about forensic art techniques, along with gripping suspense.

Things Fall Apart: Forensic Engineering
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Maeve Murphy has always been . . . different. Could it be the amusement park tragedy that she witnessed as a little girl? Now her childhood trauma is haunting Maeve, or is it a real ghost visiting her at night? Worse, someone is trying to kill her. She'll need to use all her skills, and descend into her worst nightmares, to solve a cold-case mystery and save her own life. Crime Scene Club book number ten explores forensic engineering and sends readers on a non-stop roller-coaster thrill-ride.




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