We liked it. It's a good book for upper elementary and a quick read for intermediate students.
Although it takes place in a middle school, the appeal would be more to the upper elementary/intermediate ages. We like that they act like it's a real investigation, like real detectives. It's great to find a quick easy read that we could all discuss and share together.
The adults liked that the new forensic science teacher's last name is Hodges just like a character from the original television series CSI. If you watch any of the detective television shows out there, you can see similarities in the mystery/clue cycle.
Teachers: this would make a great read aloud to integrate language arts and science.
We think we will read more of the books in the series. And, thank you for encouraging us to read together.
- The Albright Family