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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 208
Themes: forensics, fingerprints, photography, mystery, dognapping, friendship, summer camp, learning, danger
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 28/Mar/2016
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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.

Kirkus Reviews
"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."
"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."
Resource Links
"The action will keep readers interested."
School Library Connection
"Characters are well developed and the interaction realistic...recommended."


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2016 | Commended
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended

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