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Orca Book Publishers Spring 2016 Trade

Forensics Squad Unleashed
By (author): Monique Polak
Monique Polak


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



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Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Mar 28, 2016
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.5 in | 220 gr

Page Count:

208 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C103214
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
jC813/.6 23
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
  • Short Description
Tabitha is thrilled to be attending a summer forensics camp, especially when she gets the opportunity to use her newfound skills to solve a real-life mystery in this novel for middle readers.
What kind of criminal leaves a clue written in mustard?

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.

Monique Polak is the author of more than thirty books for young people. She is the three-time winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and YA Literature for her novels Hate Mail, What World is Left and Room for One More. In addition to teaching at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Monique is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Maclean's Magazine, the Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia newspapers. She is also a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada's Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! In 2016, Monique was the CBC/Quebec Writers' Federation inaugural writer-in-residence. Monique lives in Montreal.

"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." - Kirkus Reviews

"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." - Booklist

"The action will keep readers interested." - Resource Links

"Characters are well developed and the interaction realistic...recommended." - School Library Connection

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