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DNA Detective

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump

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list price: $14.95
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published: Aug 2015
ISBN:9781554517732
publisher: Annick Press
Description

It’ll take a genetics genius to solve this crime ...

In the center of almost every cell in our bodies, there’s a piece of DNA designed to give the body instructions like: “Create two legs, two arms, two eyes, and one nose.” But how can so much information be squeezed into such a tiny space?

In DNA Detective, Lloyd Kyi unravels the mystery of our genetic blueprint. She explains the basics of genetics in simple, clear language, and reveals the fascinating, and frequently entertaining stories of the researchers who discovered pieces of the DNA puzzle.

As they learn the science of genes, readers will apply what they learn at the end of each chapter in an engaging challenge: helping a young detective eliminate suspects to solve a major crime, based on a real-world case.

Meet the genetics rock stars like Frederick Sanger, whose groundbreaking research won him two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry; or Rosalind Franklin, who created the first clear image of DNA. Discover why humans are more like flies or mice than we’d like to admit, how to clone a sheep, and what palindromes have to do with DNA.

From genetically-engineered pets to a dating app that helps Icelanders avoid marrying their cousins, the world of DNA will surprise and delight you. Full-color photographs complement the text, while Lil Crump’s lively illustrations keep readers entertained.

About the Authors
Tanya Lloyd Kyi writes both fiction and nonfiction on topics related to science, pop culture, social history or a combination of all three. Her recent books include Prince of Pot, DNA Detective and Mya's Strategy to Save the World. Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two kids.
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Lil Crump is a Graphic and Visual Design artist, with some fine art and bookmaking training. Her work has appeared in books published by various North American publishers. She lives in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Reading age:
11 to 14
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award finalist, B.C.’s Young Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Short-listed, Science in Society Book Award finalist, Canadian Science Writers’ Association
  • , Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award finalist, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • , Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • , Red Maple Award nomination, Ontario Library Association
Editorial Review

“A great resource for a school science class … even high-schoolers would enjoy it.” —Biblioquacious, 04/13/17

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