Here at Growing with Science I usually concentrate on great nonfiction, but I came across a fiction series that some of you might be interested in. Books in the Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series by Michele Torrey and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman each contain four science mysteries, plus in the back are instructions for seven activities and experiments related to the stories that you can try yourself.
Although the covers and titles may look a bit scary, the mysteries themselves are pretty straightforward.
The mysteries in these books are fast-paced and interesting. Doyle and Fossey are a bit over the top, but definitely likable characters. The activities and experiments are kid friendly. (You know how much I love when books provide hands-on activities to reinforce learning.)
I did find a few minor flaws in some of the books. For example, although billed as a microbiologist, the author states that yeasts are plants in The Case of the Gasping Garbage. Modern classification schemes group yeasts with the fungi.
I also wondered why in The Case of the Crooked Carnival, the alien plants are called “purple loosegoose.” In the back the author identifies a true weed, purple loosestrife. I guess the funny name injects a bit of levity?
In any case, if your children are interested in fiction and mysteries, these books might just entice them to try a bit of science as well.
The books were provided for review.