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Written by Dr Mandy Hartley
Part of the DNA Detectives SeriesWrite A Review
The Stone Age Mystery is Dr. Amanda Hartley's third book in her 'The DNA Detectives' series. They are ground-breaking stories, in which children use DNA and forensic science to solve crimes, helped, of course, by the fact that their mother is a forensic scientist with her own laboratory in the back garden!
The enterprising children in question are 10 year old Annabelle and her brother, Harry, who is seven. These are in fact the author's own children's names and she herself is a forensic scientist, like the mother in the books. The crime being investigated this time is the robbing of a Stone Age grave in a cavern revealed when the hall floor collapses at the children's school. It's an exciting and easy read, written in short chapters and the reader cannot help but be inspired as the children methodically gather and test evidence from the scene until they're able to identify the guilty party and involve the police.
These books have been reviewed by the ASE (the Association for Science Education) and found to meet all the criteria necessary for them to be used to teach science and literacy in KS1 and KS2 and for cross-curricula studies at lower secondary level. If this makes them sound stuffy and boring, nothing could be further from the truth. They are written to help children understand and enjoy learning about science in a very approachable way. The weblinks given throughout, created with the Sanger Institute in Cambridge, can be used by teachers, parents and children alike to find more information about the topics covered and provide supporting downloadable activities and experiments.
This series is an outstanding teaching aid but, more than that, it's fun!
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
This is the third book in the "DNA Detective series". The first fiction books for 7 - 12 year olds where the characters in the book use DNA to solve a crime. As well as an exciting page turning adventure children reading this book will learn about DNA, forensic science and the Stone Age. The story starts when the school hall collapses. Underneath is a cave buried deep in the ground. Annabelle and Harry are the first on the scene and bravely climb down into the cave to investigate. They find the most incredible cave paintings and an ancient grave. But it looks like someone has been there before and has been excavating the grave and stealing the artefacts. The children set out on a thrilling adventure to catch the thief and find out more about the person in the cave using DNA just like modern day archaeologists and scientists.
|Publication date:||1st October 2020|
|Author:||Dr Mandy Hartley|
|Publisher:||Insight and Perspective|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Science|
|Other Categories:||Free Books for 11+ readers, Free Books for 9+ readers|
Mandy has a PhD in genetics and worked with DNA for over 15 years. She has used DNA to help conserve stocks of fish, to help patients with genetic diseases, to solve forensic cases and trace long lost families using relationship testing. She also helped set up the forensic laboratories used by the Norfolk Constabulary. Mandy now runs workshops to teach primary and secondary school children about DNA. She uses stories to teach difficult concepts such as natural selection, inheritance and evolution to children. She has written a series of “DNA Detective” books (“...More About Dr Mandy Hartley