Book Review: The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest by Peter Wong and Pendred Noyce


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?

Release Date: June 1, 2015
Age Group: Ages 9-12
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Macy

Macy's Review (Interviewed by Kelli):

1. What drew you to this book?

The cover looked really good and I love cooking contests!

2. What do you think of the cover?
It made me want to read the book. I wanted to find out why they needed a helicopter on a cruise ship.

3.Who was your favorite character?
My favorite character was May. She knew a lot about the ship because her mom worked in the infirmary that was on the ship. She was also able to time travel!

4.Who was your least favorite character?
Nurse Joyce. She was stealing bacteria and lying!

5. What was our favorite thing about this book and why?
My favorite part of this book was when May and Clinton solved the mystery of who was causing all the illness on board.

6. What was your least favorite part and why?
I didn't like when a lot of the passengers became ill. It made me afraid that they would keep passing the illness to others and making everyone sick.

7.Would you read more books by this author?
Yes, It was a very interesting book. The book used and agency called GAS that involved time travel. The book was really funny too!


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