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Rose, Malcolm.
New York : Kingfisher, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 5.7
ISBN 0753458292
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As with most librarians, I’m constantly challenge by all the students who have read every single Alex Rider book and are looking for where to go next. Well, problem solved, and crisis averted (for now). Luke Harding happens to be the number 1 student in forensic sciences; in fact he’ll be the youngest student to graduate ever now that he's passed his forensic investigator test. Along with his robot, Malc, the ultra cool robot that can do just about anything, Luke’s set to go out and start working.  His first assignment unfortunately hits rather close to home. One of his biggest rivals in the field of forensics, Crispin aka Crispy, is killed at his school, Crispy's murder is followed by 2 others including a professor that leave the school community shaking. While solving the crime Luke has to face the fact that all clues seem to point to him as being the murderer, even Malc doesn't believe that he could be innocent. How does he solve the crime and figure out who is out to get him?  Fortunately, it doesn’t affect Luke’s ability to solve this mystery or have a little fun with it as he goes.  Malcolm Rose's first book in the Traces series, Framed takes us into the excited and increasingly “cool” world of forensic science and investigation with action, adventure, cool gadgets and robots, mystery and just enough humor to keep us all laughing.   (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award committee)
SUBJECTS:   Forensic scientists -- Fiction.
                        Robots -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Universities and colleges -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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