Plato’s Pond – US Edition is a great new mystery book for middle schoolers that lets them solve the crime as they learn something about science.
Watson and Crick (those names are a tribute to the scientists who discovered the double helix structure of DNA) and their friend Rosa try to catch a stray dog and find themselves on the other side of a gateway to a different world. In order to find their way back, they will need to solve a mystery. And in order to help them solve the mystery, the readers of the book have to perform some safe and simple experiments with materials found in the home (magnifying glass, soda bottle, vinegar, steel nails, etc.).
The Plato’s Pond website has more resources and information. And I have one copy of the book for the first teacher who writes to me a firstname.lastname@example.org with Plato in the subject line. Good luck!