Students role-play as forensic scientists investigating a high school robbery. Readers learn about fingerprinting, DNA and fiber analysis, and other exotic techniques such as "smell capture" and forensic dentistry. Readers are asked to consider the case as it unfolds.
12/1/07 School Library Journal
Whether it's sculpture demonstrating concepts in physical science such as balance and leverage or how technology is breaking new ground in how art is produced, Fleming showcases the many ways in which science is used in art conservation, restoration, and even to uncover fraudulent works. DNA follows teen chemistry sleuths through a scientific whodunit. Readers learn about the forensic details at a crime scene, uncovering clues, fingerprinting, microscopic evidence, and more. Both titles are visually stimulating. There are multiple pictures per page, brightly colored backgrounds, and unique icons that guide readers to explore vocabulary, summarize heading information, access electronic links, and shock their friends with surprising information. The layout guides struggling readers to digest small bits rather than whole pages at a time. These books offer readers support by pre-teaching vocabulary in the "High-Powered Words" sections before they encounter them in the text. Good choices for reluctant readers.