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Children's Nonfiction General

Crime Scene

How Investigators Use Science to Track Down the Bad Guys

by (author) Vivien Bowers

illustrated by Martha Newbigging

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2006
General, Law & Crime
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12


This book takes you to the scene of the crime, into the crime lab, and into the heads of investigators as they search for information that fits together, like pieces of a puzzle, until the truth comes out. Young sleuths will find an abundance of information including how crime scenes can be surrounded by silent witnesses that speak volumes and how unique clues, like toolmarks, chemicals, and fibers provide irrefutable conclusions. Vivien Bowers clearly explains the whys and hows of connecting clues, suspects, and victims!

About the authors

Vivien Bowers appreciates kids' tireless curiosity, and satisfies it with high-energy non-fiction. With over 20 years of writing experience, she has garnered numerous awards and nominations. She is the author of Crazy About Canada! and That's Very Canadian! She lives in Nelson, BC, where she enjoys escaping to the wilderness to ski, hike, or canoe.

Vivien Bowers' profile page

MARTHA NEWBIGGING has illustrated for numerous magazines including TreeHouse Family, Canadian Business, Toronto Life, TV Guide, and Destinations. Her illustrations have also been featured on a line of t-shirts for the famous Canadian casual clothing retailer Marci Lipman. She lives in Toronto.

Martha Newbigging's profile page


  • Commended, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award, Honor Book
  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Commended, Science Books & Films, Best Books
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Winner, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Science in Society Award

Editorial Reviews

[Crime Scene] is detailed enough to serve as a reference in report writing, but lively enough to read for fun…This one gets a definite recommend.

…the information is assembled in an appealing collection of snippets and challenges, drawings on lots of strange real-life cases.

The Gazette

This updated version provides junior- and intermediate-grade sleuths with a look at the tools and techniques forensic scientists use to solve crimes. Vivien Bowers manages to cram a wealth of information into just 64 pages, and in a highly entertaining fashion. From ballistics and fingerprinting to DNA analysis and reconstruction, it is all here. …Highly recommended.

Canadian Book Review Annual

To describe this book in one word I would say it’s spectacular! Out of a score of 1 to 10, I would give it a 10

YES Magazine

As with her other books… award-winning Bowers imparts much in a light, fast-paced, information packed format that will fill many recreational reading needs.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Previously published in 1997 as Crime Science, this fascinating book has been updated to include fresh information about DNA analysis and biometric technology.

Quill & Quire

From forgery to DNA, from bones to insects, all give clues in this fascinating presentation that’s won awards and rave reviews.

Burnaby Now

This introduction to the sciences employed by forensics experts opens with three cases that attentive readers will be able to solve after reading the book.

PBS TeacherSource

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