Monday, October 11, 2010
Case Closed? Written by Susan Hughes and illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier. Kids Can Press, 2010. $18.95 ages 10 and up
Some of the cases have been solved, while others offer new findings that might help the reader decide if the given results are satisfactory. A world map provides the 'where' for each case. An introduction in each section provides the most up-to-date information. Then, the mystery is plotted in point form and background information shared. An explanation about the methods, assumptions and data gathered follows and finally, a decision is made about the case itself...closed? or still open to interpretation and further research? We read the files, meet the investigators and learn about the search methods and tools used in each separate case.
In a very infiormative and compelling book, the author has provided much food for thought, a clear explanation for the research and analysis being used to make new discoveries, and an invitation to delve further into the mysteries presented. A glossary and index follow.