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The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives, and the Mystery of Echo Lake Paperback – September 2, 2011
About the Author
Dr. Zeichner received his BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and continued his studies at Chicago, obtaining his MD and his PhD in Microbiology as a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program. He trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He worked at the National Institutes of Health for several years and now works at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC where he is Senior Investigator in the Children’s Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Zeichner studies the basic biology of HIV and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, is working to find new ways to make vaccines, and is studying the relationships that link people with the microbes that make people their home. He also directs clinical trials that study new therapies for children infected with HIV. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific publications, and is the editor of the first edition of the Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins), the first edition of the Textbook of Pediatric HIV Care (Cambridge University Press), and the second edition of the Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care (Cambridge University Press). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Rachel Moon, MD, also a pediatrician, and with his two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.
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I also enjoyed the addition of science into the book. When writing a children's book the amount of "learning" thrown in can either get more kids interesting in reading it or push others away depending on how it was written into the story. I think these elements were written perfectly into the story. Even at my age, while reading this I didn't realize that I was reading about science or learning till I got halfway through those parts. It wasn't terribly hard to follow either, which is always good for children.
I did feel though, that the "Yellow Jackets" were either unnecessary characters or just needed more involvement. This can be said about the strange man with the blue truck. At the end, his place in the story is explained. But in both cases I can't say for sure whether or not the story benefited from their involvement. Also if there was more development and concern shown from the other characters toward the "villains," I think this book could easily have been geared more towards an adult audience looking for a crime/suspense novel.
One last minor point to make. There were, if I remember my count correctly, about four sentences/paragraphs in the book that need some attention. The entire book was written in the first person from Debbie's point of view. In these few areas though, the author has slipped and written in the third person (i.e. "they" instead of "we.") This doesn't take away from my enjoyment of the book though, but I feel it should be mentioned to help out the author for the future. Plus no body, especially me, is perfect grammatically.
I do hope that Zeichner decides to write another Jinson Twins book. I would enjoy to read more of their adventures.
I was entertained by the book, the science was interesting but some was over my head. I was thinking taking some of the crickets home and listening in a quite room.
I do like how they show reasoning out and how to find out things. Showing science in everyday type of usefulness.
Joe and Debbie Jinson are 12 years old twins being raised by a single mom. They spend a lot of time on their own. This summer instead of going to a camp they are supposed to earn some money and save for collage. They decide to put signs up to do summer jobs.
Finally a old lady hires them and she seams a little batty to me. They are taking things out of boxes and putting them in other boxes down in the basement. Finally Mrs. Gray tells them that her money is gone and she needs to sell the old house. Her husband had a treasure of old gold coins but she could not find it.
The twins think they might of found a map and ask their friend Mr. Benjamin what he thinks. Mr. Benjamin is always showing and asking questions using science tools.
Their is a scary old man that follows the twins and in fact almost ran over them while on their bikes.
Their are three older boys who destroys their signs and threatens them to stop trying to do work.
Joe and Debbie are trying to figure out the clues to the map if it is in fact a map. It is a nice mystery and you might even learn a little too when your done. I would read more about the Jinson twins.
I was given this book from Librarythings member giveaway in exchange of honest review.
PUB 2011 185 pages
SO Funny, the air quotes and 'resource recovery and recycling center' and "A" and RA.
Just like a mystery for pre teens, Nancy Drew type mystery or Hardy Boys
Has all the makings of a mystery: map and treasure and mysterious things.
Boys start out trying to find a job for the summer, they are 12 year old twin boys.
One looks like a girl his hair is SO long. They do find a job organizing and old woman's
basement into different categories. Appears to be things from her dead husbands ship.
Some will be kept, some mailed and some sold.
There was even a box of things that Mrs. Gray gave to them to bring home. One such thing
was a scroll with a map drawn on it and some riddles to figure out. It stated that's where the treasure was. They go to Mr. Benjamin so he can help them with the map and what it could mean. He's the owner of the junkyard.
Different kids and a man are after them but they don't know why.
Can see how the teaching aids would help kids learn about science: charts, spreadsheets, graphs, etc.
They all head back to Mrs. Gray's house and ask if she can maybe help them solve the mystery.
She can in a way and that's how they start this book out, on their way to Echo Lake to find the treasure.
The yellow jackets almost get them at the lake, and then the other man enters Mrs. Gray house with his gun to get the real treasure.
Love the science things at the end.