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The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest (Galactic Academy of Science)

by Peter Wong

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This was a very entertaining and even educational read. A great read for kids, young and old alike. The educational material is handled very nicely. The main characters Clinton and Mae are fun and likeable, balancing very well and being quite positive overall. An interesting story overall. It’s all over a bit quickly, but that seems to suit the story perfectly. I will likely read more of these adventures in the future. ( )
  HopefirewindLove | Aug 18, 2015 |
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This book is an adventure for kids. It’s a lot of fun and you learn a lot while reading it to your children.
Clinton and Mae are Galactic Academy of Science G.A.S. trainees. They go on a cruise with Mae’s mother as the ship nurse. People start getting sick from the food. Clinton and Mae investigate the source of the sickness. They study past, present and future of food preservation and safety. They are equipped with the X-PA which is a time travel device.
This is a nice story. I especially liked the learning experience. The story ends kind of quickly, but I guess it doesn’t matter because the mystery is solved. ( )
  Helsky | Jul 30, 2015 |
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I really enjoyed this book.

Two children, Clinton and Mae, are taking a cruise with Mae's mother, a nurse on the case ship. People start falling ill to food-borne illnesses, and it's up to Mae and Clinton to solve the mystery of how and why.

The children have a device from the future that allows them to travel to significant points in time to learn information relevant to the case.

The story is engaging and fun, and the two children put their skills and knowledge to good use - it's a really good kids' detective story. Interspersed with this story are historical facts and scientific data that the children discover and learn during their investigations. These facts are both written into the story, and included as a sidebar in a more factual tone.

I felt that it was levelled perfectly for the age range it was aimed at, and that any information that a child might not know was clearly explained either by the characters or in more depth in the extra informanion.

I shared this with my 11 year old daughter, and I feel she rushed though it and didn't get as much out of it as she could have, but she did enjoy it. Here is her review:

"4.5-5 stars
I really enjoyed this book because of the educational and historical aspects. It was very good but not quite what I expected. I expected more of a non-fiction book but it was very good and informal (sic). It might of been better if it maybe had a section at the back explaining the more medical terms but overall it was very good." ( )
  bellymonster | Jul 18, 2015 |
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Clinton and Mae are on a cruise ship with Mae's mother, who is working as a nurse in the infirmary. When passengers begin falling ill, possibly due to contaminated food, the two middle schoolers decide to help investigate the source. As recruits for the Galactic Academy of Science, Mae and Clinton are given the use of an 'X-PA', which is a sort of time travel device that lets them visit specific epidemiolists and gastronomists of the past. Most notably, ALL of the historical figures they visit were actual people, and a brief blurb about their real-life accomplishments follows each encounter. The story is an enjoyable mystery novel that 'cross-trains' your brain in history and science. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some gods, clean entertainment, and also to educators looking to enhance their students reading material list. A+! I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ( )
  LizaRobbins | Jul 10, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0990782921, Paperback)

With time travel and mysteries that need solving, the Galactic Academy of Science (G.A.S.) series instructs readers on how to think like scientists. Under the guidance of a Dude or Dudette from the future, the middle school characters are faced with treacherous, present-day crimes that require a historical knowledge of science in order to be solved. From investigating problems to analyzing data and constructing explanations and solutions, this series blends elements of sci-fi with educational methods that distill the key thinking habits of scientists and engineers.
 
The science of food safety combines with mystery in this G.A.S. adventure about an outbreak of foodborne illness
 
When a cruise featuring a cooking contest turns into a disaster of vomiting passengers, seventh-grade G.A.S. trainees Mae and Clinton have a mystery to solve. With help from Selectra Volt, Dudette from the future, the two kids travel through time to learn about the science of food safety. Between journeys to the past, they investigate clues aboard ship. But when a storm comes, and conditions aboard the disabled ship become desperate, can Mae and Clinton discover the cause of the outbreak in time?

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:59:52 -0400)

With time travel and mysteries that need solving, the Galactic Academy of Science (G.A.S.) series instructs readers on how to think like scientists. Under the guidance of a Dude or Dudette from the future, the middle school characters are faced with treacherous, present-day crimes that require a historical knowledge of science in order to be solved. From investigating problems to analyzing data and constructing explanations and solutions, this series blends elements of sci-fi with educational methods that distill the key thinking habits of scientists and engineers. The science of food safety combines with mystery in this G.A.S. adventure about an outbreak of food-borne illness. When a cruise featuring a cooking contest turns into a disaster of vomiting passengers, seventh-grade G.A.S. trainees Mae and Clinton have a mystery to solve. With help from Selectra Volt, Dudette from the future, the two kids travel through time to learn about the science of food safety. Between journeys to the past, they investigate clues aboard ship. But when a storm comes, and conditions aboard the disabled ship become desperate, can Mae and Clinton discover the cause of the outbreak in time?… (more)

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