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Doyle & Fossey #3: The Case of the Graveyard Ghost (Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives) Hardcover – August 26, 2002

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-In the third installment of this series, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to use their love of science to solve mysteries. The four cases presented here include the extraction of a classmate trapped in her laundry chute, the identification of who or what is menacing the annual Budding Botanists Junior Rose Club competition, the hair-raising revelation of the ghost of the Old Mossy Graveyard, and exposing the culprits involved in the illegal sale of rare Diamond Tipped Parrots. The fifth-grade detectives are aided by their parents and Nell's dog, Dr. Livingston. The end of the book presents activities and experiments for readers to pursue in their efforts to become junior science detectives. The stories move quickly, holding readers' interest. The resolutions are viable and the elements used to crack each case are based on scientific principles. The main characters are believable and thoroughly engaging. Pencil illustrations complement the tales. Early chapter-book readers will be enchanted with the deductive skills and humor of Doyle and Fossey, whose adventures will remind the readers of Cam Jansen and Einstein Anderson.
Linda B. Zeilstra, Skokie Public Library, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. Children who liked the previous books in the quirky, imaginative Doyle and Fossey Science Detective series will welcome this one. As before, the "cases" aren't really mysteries at all: they are science puzzles. In the first one the junior scientists use baking powder and vinegar to help get an obnoxious classmate out of a laundry shoot. In another the kids expose a ghost as a fraud. The final case seems a bit out of place: the sleuths help foil animal smugglers. A selection of activities and experiments based on the investigations appears at the end, written in the same delightful, tongue-in-cheek style as the cases themselves. The stories and the experiments stress the importance of good scientific method, including note-taking and organization. The experiments are best suited for older children or those who can count on adult help. Marta Segal
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525468935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525468936
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,920,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I have read in this series and it was terrific fun. Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are 5th grade scientists who use reason and the scientific method to solve mysteries. Their solutions are based on scientific principles which are explained in the context of the story. Kids will really enjoy the humor and witty dialogue. This Science Detectives series would be a terrific read for kids who enjoy Junie B. Jones books. Science teachers will find these books to be fun read-alouds. There is also a section at the back of the book with experiments to demonstrate the science principles illustrated in the book.
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A Kid's Review on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wayne S.

The case of the Graveyard Ghost is a cool book it is mostly about Dolly and Fossy two dectives ade their dog and they read that their was a graveyard ghost. So they solved the mystery by listening to where the voice was comeing out of and it was coming from behind the shed and not out of the ghost mouth.Then a kid from their class brought a illeagle petto school. So they went to the pet store were he bought it and there was the rest them.And the man put them in a cage and they broke out and called the cops.
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A Kid's Review on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is not that scary. I thought it would be scarier by the picture on the cover with the ghost coming out from behind a gravestone and blood coming out of his mouth. I think this book should be a funny book because it already has some funny parts, but it's not scary at all. I expectd there to be some ghosts coming out everywhere and then disappearing again. I think maybe 5 or 4 year olds would like this book because it's not too scary and they wouldn't put it down and never want to read it again.
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