Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain of suspicious events, including the disappearance of important fossils and a fraudulent discovery at the dig, leads them to wonder what's going on. Is the new visiting scientist behind the fraud, or did Robyn's enthusiasm to save the dig lead her astray?
About the author
Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books.
Michele is the author of eighteen novels for young people. Ten of her books have been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice list. Others have been nominated for the Manitoba and Alberta Reader's Choice Award, and she was runner-up for the 1997 Writer's Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Children's Literature award.
Many of Michele's books focus on different sports. As a former athlete, she was involved in synchronized swimming in her teens and competitive swimming in university. She has also coached young swimmers, in addition to coaching her twin sons' soccer and hockey teams, and draws on much of that experience for her books.
A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books
- Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Excerpt: Fraud Squad (by (author) Michele Martin Bossley)
A few feet from my face, huge jaws smiled menacingly, revealing curved sharp teeth perfect for tearing flesh. The creature looked ready to pounce if I moved so much as a baby finger. "That is one big ugly dude," my cousin Nick said, shaking his spiky black hair out of his face.
"Fast-paced action sets the scene for a group of students who have to solve the appearance of a marine dinosaur bone in Drumheller Alberta dinosaur digs...The size and the story will appeal to kids who may not like to read."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"This book will find its place with educators and librarians looking to entice reluctant readers with appealing and accessible books."
"Good background information on archeology mixed with a 'whodunit' story will entice the reluctant reader."
Tacoma School District #10
"A 'who-done-it' that will appeal to students who like mysteries."