The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil

The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil


Children - Grade 4th-6th
184 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2014
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Author Biography

Barnas Monteith is a science education activist, having held top leadership positions / appointments at the Massachusetts State Science Fair (MSSEF), MA Department of Education Math & Science Council and Governor's STEM Council. Barnas was one of the most successful science fair participants in MSSEF history, with four 1st place MSSEF wins, four 1st place Regional wins, two International (ISEF) 1st place Grand Awards, awards at the European Youth Science Exchange, Nynex Science & Tech Awards, the Edison Award, Naval Science Research Award, and a number of other scholarships / special first prize awards. His projects focused on the study of dinosaur and bird evolution using fossilized egghsell microstructures and biochemistry. A graduate of Tufts University, Barnas spent nearly a decade doing paleontology expeditions throughout much of the major vertebrate fossil-bearing beds of North America. Throughout college and beyond, he did work at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparatize Zoology researching dinosaur nesting & egg laying behaviors, and was one of the youngest researchers ever to present a Plenary lecture at the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology. Since that time, he started several successful technology companies – most recently foraying into computers & semiconductor R&D, specializing in synthetic diamond materials, as well as renewable energy and LED lighting. Barnas currently is working on a next generation technology platform for children's science experiments.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil is the story of two children who find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. Benson and Anita think they are simply going on a field trip to a museum when they first start out their day, but before the day ends they will have traveled through time and space to visit all corners of the world. It’s definitely going to be an interesting day and their mission is nothing less than saving the future of science. Fossils are cooler than even these two might think and there’s a lot more to know about them than anyone realizes.

Benson and Anita are two typical modern day kids. They believe there is no true ‘magic’ in life and they just want to have fun. That’s what their goal is when they first set out on this field trip. But when things start to become a little magical after all, they definitely step up to the plate and start setting their sights on changing the world. Someone is trying to pass off fake fossils as authentic ones and if they manage to succeed it just might change the course of the scientific community as we know it. Benson and Anita are the only ones who just might be able to fix things in The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil by Barnas Monteith. A fun and exciting story for children and something that parents definitely won’t mind their children reading. I would love to see even more from these children. This was a good book for children and had a good storyline.