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The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip
The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip

The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip

Galactic Academy of Science


145 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $11.95)

Publication Date: April 2012

ISBN 9780985000806

Rights: WOR

Tumblehome, Inc. (Apr 2012)
Tumblehome Learning, Inc.

Price: $9.95


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. When the Russian scientist Professor Gufov accuses Clinton of stealing his invention, all Mae and Clinton want to do is get away and work on their science project. But that’s before a Dudette from the future tells them about the Galactic Academy of Science and sends them on a mission back in time to beef up their scientific knowledge. Mae and Clinton meet Dmitri Mendeleev, Niels Bohr, John Bardeen, William Shockley, and Robert Noyce. They break up a séance, escape the Gestapo, jump from a plane, and return with enough understanding of how electronics work that they can tackle the mystery of the Russian scientist and search for the missing diamond chip.


“Penny Noyce’s science sleuths embark on a fun-filled adventure that stimulates young readers’ appreciation of science and the famous folks who made history.”  —Ira Flatow, host, NPR’s Science Friday

Author Biography

Pendred Noyce is a physician, an educator, and the author of The Baffling Case of the Battered Brain and The Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine. She is also the author of the award-winning middle-grade Lexicon Adventure Series. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.