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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional book for exceptional children
The Bone Detectives is a compelling book for young readers. While the subject matter may seem out-of-the-ordinary and even macabre to many adults, pre-teens and teenagers seem facinated with the science and technology involved in solving murder cases. The book can also serve as a way to open a dialogue about the harsh realities bombarding our children from televison,...
Published on January 2, 1998 by N. Norman

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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The Bone Detectives" for the interested 11 year old
Okay, this book was so absolutely basic that I could have written it. I was extremely disappointed with how much I didn't learn from this book. It is 45 pages long, so if you're expecting a good, interesting weekend read--this is not it. There weren't any detailed case studies. There weren't any crime scene pictures. Just basic info on fingerprinting and skull...
Published on July 16, 2001 by Andrea N. LaDelia


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional book for exceptional children, January 2, 1998
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N. Norman "got2readit" (Fuquay-Varina, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
The Bone Detectives is a compelling book for young readers. While the subject matter may seem out-of-the-ordinary and even macabre to many adults, pre-teens and teenagers seem facinated with the science and technology involved in solving murder cases. The book can also serve as a way to open a dialogue about the harsh realities bombarding our children from televison, film, and the evening news.
If you know a bright child with an interest in science or police work, or if you just want to foster an interest,this book is a good start.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start, August 22, 2001
This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
I had the chance to work under Dr. Michael Charney for 5 years before his death. Dr. Charney focused heavily on education and teaching people. That is what this book does. When this book came out he gave me a hard time for buying a copy because it was a "kid's book". All of that aside, the book gives a basic introduction to forensic anthropology on a level that explains it to the reader. It covers the case from start to finish as well as touching on the other aspects of forensic investigation such as forensic entomology and facial reconstruction. So if you have a child that is wanting to learn more about the field or you are looking for a good place to start learning, this is the book to get.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for forensic science fans., April 24, 1998
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This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
If you like anthropology or forensic science you will love this book. It tells of forensic anthropology, along with several other forensic techniques. It also explains about forensic archeology, and how past mysteries are being solved using forensics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book, January 30, 2005
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This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
I read this book for a sixth grade nonfiction reading assignment.

It explains how forensic anthropologists help police solve crimes by studying the bones of victims. It also describes how Dr. Michael Charney of the Forensic Science Laboratory at Colorado State University helped identify bones found at a Boy Scout camp in Missouri in 1988.

I thought the book was very interesting. If you like shows like Law & Order and CSI or if you like to read mysteries, then you might like The Bone Detectives.

Caelan (age 11)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead men DO tell tales, September 22, 2013
This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
Filled with photographs and old cold cases, this book shows how forensic pathologists and archaeologists do their work. Lots of science jobs explained in this book, as well as how science and law enforcement interact.

Great skeleton diagram at the end of the book. Really good photographs throughout.

Some vocabulary includes: lone, preserved, shriveled, corpse, ritual, accessories, soft tissue, preservation, survival equipment, sculpting, prominent, features, hauntingly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition, October 24, 2011
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I received the book in great condition and was very pleased. I would use this company again. The book was like new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars she loved it., August 31, 2014
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This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
Bought it for my granddaughter, she loved it.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The Bone Detectives" for the interested 11 year old, July 16, 2001
This review is from: The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (Hardcover)
Okay, this book was so absolutely basic that I could have written it. I was extremely disappointed with how much I didn't learn from this book. It is 45 pages long, so if you're expecting a good, interesting weekend read--this is not it. There weren't any detailed case studies. There weren't any crime scene pictures. Just basic info on fingerprinting and skull re-construction and a little bit of this-and-that. Extremely basic. Recommended for the interested 11 year old, but not for anyone who wants to really learn the nitty-gritty of Forensic Anthropology.
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