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Case Files

Case Files

by Larry Verstraete

ISBN 9781443100007 Paperback
160 Pages | 5.2" x 7.62" | Ages 9 to 12
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A fascinating look at how scientists solve today's mysteries and centuries-old "cold cases."

Savvy investigative work and scientific knowledge combine to answer perplexing questions and to uncover long-unknown truths. Using a trail of evidence clues, careful observation, laboratories and new testing protocols scientists reveal intriguing answers to such questions as: What really killed Beethoven? Are the Hitler diaries real or fakes?

The stories and sidebars show how scientists collect clues, analyse them, test theories, and arrive at solutions or gather enough evidence to support further investigation. The cases involve branches of science as wide-ranging as astronomy and biochemistry to geology and physics.

These are gripping high-interest stories for middle-grade non-fiction lovers, with Canadian content throughout. A helpful index and glossary are also provided.

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  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction, 2013
  • Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Category, 2012
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Rights Sold

  • All rights available

Selling Points

  • Focussing on the "detective" work in scientific investigations adds a kid-friendly spin.
  • Reader-friendly format, with 40 stories (including sidebar sections) and photos.
  • Includes a variety of international stories


Also by
Larry Verstraete

  • Life or Death
  • At the Edge
  • Lost Treasures

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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