One Minute Mysteries
65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!
by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder
Science is not my thing, or at least it wasn’t until a few years ago when I discovered that quantum physics is
fascinating. It would be even more fascinating, of course, if I understood basic scientific concepts. In an effort
to fill that gap, I’ve begun studying science at the beginner level (and, I confess, I’m still struggling).
Thank goodness for 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! If this book had been around in my youth, it
would have been just the thing to get me hooked on science while my brain was still open and pliable.
Authors Eric and Natalie Yoder are a father-daughter team who’ve put together an educational and FUN set of short
stories aimed at readers aged 8 to 12 years. Says Eric, "I wanted to emphasize [science’s] widespread, real-life
applications." Natalie’s youthful and enthusiastic contribution to the book keeps the stories interesting for
younger readers—or for older readers like me.
The mysteries are broken into categories such as Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical and Chemical
Science, and General Science. Each story is brief, easily read in a minute, just as the title suggests. The clues
are smoothly integrated into the story, but readers must be attentive in order to solve the mysteries. Solutions are
included, so even if your scientific knowledge is as limited as mine, you’ll be both satisfied and educated.
One note of warning—the final section is called ‘65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math’. This is a sample
of the second book in the series and includes only five math mysteries.
65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science is an excellent book for young people, combining reading skills
with science and math skills. Give this one to your children and grandchildren—it will delight young
scientists and may very well create an appreciation for science in those who haven’t yet discovered the wonders of
the natural world. Highly recommended!
Childrens’ / Ages 8-12 / Nonfiction / Science|
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NOTE: Reviewer Deborah Adams
is the Flair and Macavity Award winning author of the Jesus Creek Mystery Series: All The
Great Pretenders, All The Crazy Winters, All The Dark Disguises, All The
Hungry Mothers, All The Deadly Beloved, All The Blood Relations, and All
The Dirty Cowards. She was also an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel.