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The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip (Galactic Academy of Science) Paperback – April 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Galactic Academy of Science
  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Tumblehome Learning, Inc.; Second Edition, Second edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985000805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985000806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,357,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Penny Noyce’s science sleuths embark on a fun-filled adventure that stimulates young readers’ appreciation of science and the famous folks who made history.”  —Ira Flatow, host, NPR’s Science Friday

About the Author

Pendred Noyce is a physician, an educator, and the author of The Baffling Case of the Battered Brain and The Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine. She is also the author of the award-winning middle-grade Lexicon Adventure Series. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juli Staiano on July 12, 2014
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Just finished reading The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip with my seven-year-old scientist/engineer-to-be. We both enjoyed the book and learned a ton! I particularly liked thinking about the connections among the various discoveries over so many decades, and getting a flavor of the pesonalities of the scientists who pioneered them. A great read for kids who love science, technology, and adventure. And good for their parents, too!
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Both of my boys loved the storyline here, but my 7-year-old thought it was a little bit of a difficult read. He really enjoyed it when I would read chapters to him outloud, though. To this day he thinks that he will someday go to the Galactic Academy of Science :)
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A Kid's Review on October 30, 2012
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I liked this because it's fast, fun, creative, and informative. Probably best for people who are just getting into this stuff, but I would still recommend it to people who know a little more about computer chips and transistors.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.M. Ann on November 14, 2013
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Pendred Noyce knows science—and how to make it fun for the middle-grade intellectual.

Mae Harris can’t believe that she is paired with Clinton Chang. She frantically tries to convince the teacher that there has been a mistake; after all, Mae is a great student and Clinton is somewhat of a slacker. After the initial shock, the pair finds some common ground and begins to work together, that is, until they are interrupted by the (somewhat) crazy, Russian, scientist, Professor Gufov, as he’s accusing Clinton of trying to steal his invention: a computer chip that uses diamond as its semiconductor. Feeling the weight of the science project they must complete before morning, Mae just wants to get to work, and she’d appreciate a little help from Clinton as well. However instead, they are pulled aside by a cryptic pink and green girl and asked to participate in a mission via The Galactic Academy of Science. They’re given a smartphone and some rules by the pink and green girl from the future, Selectra Volt. After being told they are going to be doing some time travel, speaking with historical (dead) people, and enduring some mandatory fun and excitement—even the easygoing Clinton is feeling anxious. They meet and learn from a famous Russian Chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev, participate in an educational séance, and learn a bit about physics and difficult personalities before reporting back to The GAS on the Diamond Chip.

“Optimism is a key ingredient for innovation,” is one of the biggest lessons learned by Mae and Clinton during their journey. This is an interesting, innovating book for middle-grade readers, which embodies valuable lessons about science, problem-solving, and working with others (even if they’re difficult types). The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip is an absolute must-read.
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