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The Case of the Gasping Garbage

(Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In this first clever chapter book starring Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, real science is seamlessly woven into four exciting cases, including a mysterious food-poisoning epidemic and a spooky tree-house ghost. The snappy dialogue and wacky scenarios are perfect for middle-graders, who will enjoy discovering the appendix of science activities, which focus on such concepts as ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published July 9th 2001 by Dutton Books
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Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-read-alouds
Ok, so I'm not really giving this book 4 stars as far as story telling goes, I'm giving it 4 stars for being a great book for getting your kids turned on to science! The cases/experiments were easy for little ones to follow, and I LOVED the last sections of the book where they give you step by step instructions for doing some of the same experiments on your own, as well as how to make your own science lab and be your very own scientist! I read this aloud to all my kids (grades K, 3, and 5) and t ...more
A fun way to introduce science to children. Not only are the stories simple and fun, but the last section teaches children how to do the experiements that Doyle and Fossey perform. I love the call to action in conjunction with the reading.
Christian Torres
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Coded suburban white upper-middle class. Science experiments. Mayor, media, authority figures are all supportive of the children. 5th Grade Scientists. Not much gender essentialism.
Abby Johnson
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Doyle and Fossey, science detectives, are available to solve mysteries with science. The books in the series include scientific information and information about experiments that kids can try out. Great for classrooms and kids interested in science.
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one is along the lines of "Nate the Great" but with a science twist. There were four short stories in this book, very quick but fun for young elementary students. ...more
Kristin Feliciano
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great chapter book for students! It is about kid scientist. I like how at the end of the book there are experiments for children to do at home. I think you could put some of the experiments into a lesson in class. I enjoyed the details about the trash bubbling. It offers a great deal of imagery through the word choices and descriptions.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stem
A clever book that mixes science and mystery with a pulp fiction / noir feel that is perfect for getting primary school aged children interested in science.

I really loved the way the parents were supportive of the junior scientists/detectives.

The book contains three short mysteries as well a section full of science experiments and activities for kids to try out at home.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable chapter book that just might get your child interested in science and detective work. Chapters include suggested activities or experiments related to the story that your children can do with household items.
Sean Harding
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very clever idea of merging science with mystery in a way that will assist children to understand science min an engaging manner.
When I was a kid we had the curiosity show this series is for kids today and is a great idea and a decent read as well.
This is the first book in the series.
Sony Ponce
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The idea of the book is great, but the execution is not so much. The writing and story are very fancy and choppy at the same time. I’m anxious to see what kids think of it but I am not a fan
Jessica Brookins
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like all of the mysteries
2029: Sophia
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Demisha Mcclain
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The Case of the Gasping Garbage written by Michele Torrey was so engaging and informative. This has to be one of the best science fiction books I have ever read. The author used humor, pictures and suspense to draw you into the story. I thought that some of the cases that the fifth graders solved were hilarious, especially the one about the monster in the garbage can.

The Case Of The Gasping Garbage is a book that tells of the different adventures of two fifth grade science detectives Doyle and
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is the first book in the Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series by Michele Torrey and Barbara Newman.

The story is fairly short and the illustrations are cartoonish, so this book will appeal to young elementary school-age children. But what I love the most is that the stories teach about science in a fun and exciting way. Our girls especially enjoyed the different projects described in the back of the book.

We really enjoyed reading this book together and we will certainly look for more
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
So, did you ever watch Dragnet? The old TV show? Reading this book reminded me of the way Joe Friday talked in the old TV show. The writing was very abrupt, especially the dialogue and the way the kids talked. I had a few problems with the kids' behaviors (drinking coffee and staying up until midnight, for example) but I really enjoyed the scientific facts that were thrown in. I think that middle grade kids would love this series, especially if they are even remotely interested in science. I lik ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was part of our Core B Sonlight Curriculum and it was a cute easy read. I really appreciate the basic elements of science that were taught in this book. It also includes experiments that you can do, though we have not tried them as of yet. It is a cute book that shows two fifth grade students who do lab experiments to figure out interesting cases. One of the cases was really silly, but the experiment was quite educational. I would recommend this book as a fun way to introduce scientific met ...more
Katt Hansen
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
What makes this book so delightful is the explanations and the experiments at the end. While I didn't care for the format all that much (sometimes a case takes just one chapter, sometimes it takes more than one), the real fun is in trying the things they do. I think the author gets a little vague about how Doyle and Fossey go about their work, and the way the adults treat the kids seems a bit over the top on giving them authority. I'm hoping that maybe the series settles out a bit as it goes, an ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: trina
Very cute book designed to explain and promote the scientific process and critical thinking for children. My daughter hung on every word and kept begging me to read more. It's a short little book, perfect to use as readers for young readers. The next few that we get from the library she will read on her own.

She is also pestering me to death to do the experiments in the back of the book. I liked that they included further explanation and detailed instructions for the experiments the characters us
Paula Lyle
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school, 2014
I liked the idea of this book, but not the book itself. I loved that it was about science and about using science to figure thing out. The writing was all short choppy non-sentences. That might have worked for a mystery story, but it just made these kids seem very nerdy. Not what I was hoping for.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Here's a lovely example of STEM concepts being seamlessly integrated into interesting chapter book stories! Three Encyclopedia Brown-type mysteries are explored here, and partners Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey solve all three using real science knowledge and experiments that can easily be reproduced by kids at home. Awesome! ...more
Jeremiah Henderson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readygen-books
In our ELA curriculum, the book was not riveting by any means but certainly a good book in and of itself! I enjoyed the story frame showing how children can solve problems and take action when adults can't/won't. I also loved the back of the book with some awesome scientific ideas/projects/recipes.
Overall I'm excited to teach this book.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yay for scientists and naturalists! Doyle and Fossey are fifth grade friends that solve mysteries using science and nature. They have several short cases to solve and the end of the book as some great how to for doing your own experiments. A quick read that teaches in a fun way.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 3-4th graders/teachers
Loved this book. Made me want to teach 3rd or 4th grade science. Great characters, a boy and a girl who work together, and challenging problems. Includes science experiments at the end.
Dec 16, 2008 rated it liked it
This story is instructive from a rudimentary scientific aspect; but the story itself is not very exciting.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real gasper. get it?
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Since I was not familiar with this author I decided to read this book before handing it over to the kids. It was amusing to read and would probably be good for 3rd or 4th graders.
Feb 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: j-fic
Transitional chapter book, STEM, science experiments/scientific method intro
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Michele Torrey, author of chapter books for young readers and novels for middle grade, young adult, and adult, is a two-time Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature nominee, plus a two-time winner of PNWA's Zola Award. Among other honors, her books have received starred reviews from “Publisher’s Weekly” and “Kirkus,” been chosen by the Junior Library Guild, and been nominated for numerous ...more

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