The Case of the Sneezing Popcorn: Annie Biotica Solves Respiratory System Disease Crimes
By Michelle Faulk, PhD
48 pages, ages 10 and up
Enslow Publishers, Inc. 2013
The Case of the Sneezy Popcorn: Annie Biotica Solves Respiratory System Disease Crimes is all about readers experiencing the scientific method that medical teams and scientists use to decipher symptoms and lab test results. That’s why we chose to feature this title for STEM Friday this week.
What do you get when you combine evil microbes trying to harm the respiratory system and a super detective skilled at body system disease investigations? Enter crime-solving super sleuth, Agent Annie Biotica!
A brief description of the respiratory system, supported by a labeled diagram, is followed by five individual cases regarding strep throat, hantavirus, whooping cough, pneumonia, and cold and flu. Readers follow Agent Annie Biotica as she uses logic and the scientific method to solve each case. She searches for clues, identifies microbe suspects, gathers evidence, makes a verdict, and finally she treats the patient accordingly.
An added feature is that there are three more cases at the end of the book that readers can try to solve on their own using the methods featured in the previous chapters.
The Case of the Sneezy Popcorn is just one of the six books in our “Body System Disease Investigations” series written by Michelle Faulk, PhD. Each book in this series covers life science, body systems, and health in a unique way while supporting the science curriculum. Graphic-style illustrations and character, Annie Biotica, make this series fun and engaging while presenting content that students will find relevant to their own lives.
The Crime: Not having enough engaging STEM books to share with students.
Clues: Some children appear bored. Others are sleeping at their desks.
Suspects: Old, boring science lessons.
Evidence: Doodling on science notebook covers. Loud snoring.
Verdict: Students need fun and engaging STEM books.
Treatment: Body System Disease Investigation books!
About the author: Michelle Faulk has a PhD in virology and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has worked as a medical researcher, teacher, and editor, and is currently an author.
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