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Richard Platt is the author of more than 50 books, and has been writing for children since 1992. Richard has a special interest in technology and its history - he studied Communications Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has written books on inventions and space travel - but not to the exclusion of other topics. Indeed, he enjoys writing children's titles precisely because of the variety this work provides. Non-scientific themes he has covered in the past include smuggling, pirates, castles, espionage, carnivorous plants and natural disasters. One of his titles, Castle Diary, was shortlisted for the Kate Maschler Award, The Times Education Supplement award, and a History Today prize. His book, Pirate Diary, won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2002, the silver Smarties Award 2002, and won the 'Best Book With Facts' prize in the Blue Peter Book Awards 2003. Richard has also been longlisted for the Junior Aventis prize for Kingfisher's Eureka! Richard lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
Gr 5-10-This book looks at the trendy topic of collecting and analyzing evidence. Each spread focuses on a subtopic under the categories "Signs of the Crime," "Who Is It?" and "Crime Lab." Abundant, close-up color photographs illustrate everything from ballistics to counterfeit money. Up-to-date events are discussed, such as the DNA identification of the December 2004 tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean. Each chapter concludes with a summary, suggestions for further research, career possibilities, and places to visit. While other titles offer more depth, this visually appealing book gives a basic overview of everything that goes into investigating a crime and is good for browsing. Reluctant readers doing research will find the informative snippets manageable.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.