Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate

Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate

How do scientists solve mysteries? With forensics, the use of scientific methods to solve crimes! In Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate, readers ages 9 through 12 meet three women who are trailblazers in the field of forensics and discover what it takes to succeed in this fascinating field.

  • Combines subjects of math, chemistry, biology, and literacy.
  • Forensics is a high-interest topic made popular by TV shows such as the CSI franchise.
  • Readers learn about the history of forensics, career options, and key people in the field.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $9.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $6.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL X

Subjects

  • Chemistry
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Allison Bruce 

Specs

  • 5 3/4 x 9
  • 4-color interior
  • 112 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619303508
  • Hardcover, 9781619303461

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How do scientists solve mysteries? With forensics, the use of scientific methods to solve crimes! In Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate, readers ages 9 through 12 meet three women who are trailblazers in the field of forensics and discover what it takes to succeed in this fascinating field.

  • Combines subjects of math, chemistry, biology, and literacy.
  • Forensics is a high-interest topic made popular by TV shows such as the CSI franchise.
  • Readers learn about the history of forensics, career options, and key people in the field.

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
Yasuda examines the professional lives of three female forensic scientists and their paths to success as a way of introducing the field of forensic science to girls. . .The depictions of the women suggest varied racial and ethnic backgrounds which adds a subtle and welcome statement about the appeal of the forensic sciences to girls of diverse backgrounds. . . Part of the Girls in Science series, (the) book does a good job of the series stated goal: to supply a bridge between girls interests and their potential futures by presenting a brief yet comprehensive explanation of the field, illuminated by three real-life women who have made successful careers in the forensic sciences. This book would be a good addition to career literature in middle school libraries and as a focus for discussion about careers in forensics for the classroom.

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“Through movies and television, forensics has become one of the hottest STEM topics. This latest in the Girls in Science series provides a glimpse into the details of the early lives and careers of three leading women in the field, examining their interests as kids, their educational choices, and their typical job responsibilities. A thorough overview of the field of forensics and fingerprinting is offered alongside a time line of the development of forensic studies. After each section, an “Ask and Answer” feature encourages readers to reflect on what they’ve read by asking open-ended questions that gauge their own career preferences. QR codes and keyword search prompts are located in the margins, allowing readers easy access to multimedia interviews, images, and interactive enrichment activities. A heavy emphasis is placed on primary sources, connecting readers with actual forensic scientists through archival materials. High-interest content coupled with relatable role models make this a quality career and occupational resource.”

Rebecca Barlag, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Director, B.S. Forensic Chemistry Program, Ohio University
Forensics  is an educational book that encourages young women to pursue forensic careers through engaging examples of real women in the field. The inclusion of stories about how these women worked to overcome challenges as well as celebrated their successes sends a powerful, much-needed, nonfiction message to young women who are constantly bombarded with fictional forensic shows.”

Dr. Thomas Parsons, Director of Forensic Science, International Commission on Missing Persons
“If you are interested in learning what it’s like to set out in forensics, this is a great place to start!”

Allison Y. Eastman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University at Albany, SUNY
“Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate introduces exciting forensic science career opportunities to young readers. The women interviewed make it clear that the road to becoming a successful forensic scientist requires determination, smarts, and self-discipline, and everyone encounters stumbling blocks along the way!”

Praise for other books by Anita Yasuda:

Astronomy: Cool Women in Space

Dr. Laura Trouille, Astronomer, the Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University
“An engaging and inspirational addition to a genre in significant need of quality publications for young women and girls. I will be happily recommending this book to every aspiring astronomer who visits the Adler!”

Catherine Piper Shelton, Director of Curriculum and Technology, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
“I see this book sparking an interest in astronomy for any girl. It connects the science with careers, and the past with the present—and future.”

Victoria Obenchain, science teacher, instructor at Sally Ride Science Camp
“This book is a testament to the fact that women are incredibly important to science and that their contributions to understanding the universe as it is known today are huge!”

Explore Flight!

2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

 

Praise for similar books in other series:

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Booklist
“. . . Like other titles in the ‘Inquire and Investigate’ series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”


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Author-Illustrator

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Allison Bruce

Allison grew up with a love of both science and art, studying chemistry at the University of California, Davis, and design, illustration, and animation at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She enjoys combining traditional, hand-drawn art with digital techniques, “the merger of both methods gives me the freedom to experiment digitally, while maintaining the warmth, emotion, and life of traditional drawing.” Allison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI).



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: X
Subjects: Chemistry, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 5 3/4 x 9 , 4-color interior , 112 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
Yasuda examines the professional lives of three female forensic scientists and their paths to success as a way of introducing the field of forensic science to girls. . .The depictions of the women suggest varied racial and ethnic backgrounds which adds a subtle and welcome statement about the appeal of the forensic sciences to girls of diverse backgrounds. . . Part of the Girls in Science series, (the) book does a good job of the series stated goal: to supply a bridge between girls interests and their potential futures by presenting a brief yet comprehensive explanation of the field, illuminated by three real-life women who have made successful careers in the forensic sciences. This book would be a good addition to career literature in middle school libraries and as a focus for discussion about careers in forensics for the classroom.

Booklist Online Exclusive
“Through movies and television, forensics has become one of the hottest STEM topics. This latest in the Girls in Science series provides a glimpse into the details of the early lives and careers of three leading women in the field, examining their interests as kids, their educational choices, and their typical job responsibilities. A thorough overview of the field of forensics and fingerprinting is offered alongside a time line of the development of forensic studies. After each section, an “Ask and Answer” feature encourages readers to reflect on what they’ve read by asking open-ended questions that gauge their own career preferences. QR codes and keyword search prompts are located in the margins, allowing readers easy access to multimedia interviews, images, and interactive enrichment activities. A heavy emphasis is placed on primary sources, connecting readers with actual forensic scientists through archival materials. High-interest content coupled with relatable role models make this a quality career and occupational resource.”

Rebecca Barlag, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Director, B.S. Forensic Chemistry Program, Ohio University
Forensics  is an educational book that encourages young women to pursue forensic careers through engaging examples of real women in the field. The inclusion of stories about how these women worked to overcome challenges as well as celebrated their successes sends a powerful, much-needed, nonfiction message to young women who are constantly bombarded with fictional forensic shows.”

Dr. Thomas Parsons, Director of Forensic Science, International Commission on Missing Persons
“If you are interested in learning what it’s like to set out in forensics, this is a great place to start!”

Allison Y. Eastman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University at Albany, SUNY
“Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate introduces exciting forensic science career opportunities to young readers. The women interviewed make it clear that the road to becoming a successful forensic scientist requires determination, smarts, and self-discipline, and everyone encounters stumbling blocks along the way!”

Praise for other books by Anita Yasuda:

Astronomy: Cool Women in Space

Dr. Laura Trouille, Astronomer, the Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University
“An engaging and inspirational addition to a genre in significant need of quality publications for young women and girls. I will be happily recommending this book to every aspiring astronomer who visits the Adler!”

Catherine Piper Shelton, Director of Curriculum and Technology, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
“I see this book sparking an interest in astronomy for any girl. It connects the science with careers, and the past with the present—and future.”

Victoria Obenchain, science teacher, instructor at Sally Ride Science Camp
“This book is a testament to the fact that women are incredibly important to science and that their contributions to understanding the universe as it is known today are huge!”

Explore Flight!

2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

 

Praise for similar books in other series:

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Booklist
“. . . Like other titles in the ‘Inquire and Investigate’ series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”


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Author-Illustrator

author image

Allison Bruce

Allison grew up with a love of both science and art, studying chemistry at the University of California, Davis, and design, illustration, and animation at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She enjoys combining traditional, hand-drawn art with digital techniques, “the merger of both methods gives me the freedom to experiment digitally, while maintaining the warmth, emotion, and life of traditional drawing.” Allison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI).