Maggot Man

Author: Anderson, Shannon

Subjects: Science; Entomology; Bugs; Forensic Science

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-5653

Order code: 5653

Price: $9.99
Website price: $8.00

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Told from the point-of-view of a single maggot, readers of Maggot Man follow the life cycle of a maggot from egg to fly, learn about characteristics of different fly species, and understand how the presence of maggots and their life cycle give important evidence in crime investigations.

It is not commonly thought that an interest in flies and maggots can turn into an exciting career, but Dr. Neal Haskell has used his fascination with these bugs to become a leading, internationally-known forensic entomologist. Maggot Man takes us to Dr. Haskell's lab to study maggots, to his farm to find them, and to court to present evidence for a case. Readers plunge into the text with the narrating maggot and into Dr. Haskell’s accounts of real-life cases.

The lively narration and fascinating details, together with scientifically accurate color illustrations and a reference section for further reading, make the study of maggots into an unusual and fascinating topic.

Author Shannon Anderson is a literacy coach, an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and a children's book author. She received her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a license to teach high-ability students from Ball State University. About her interest in maggots and in Dr. Haskell’s work, she says, “With the emphasis on nonfiction in education, I wanted to write a nonfiction book with high interest. I already knew Dr. Haskell and the interest in crime scene dramas on TV. I figured forensic entomology would be a great thing to explore. The more I learned, the more interested I became.” 

Told from the point-of-view of a single maggot, readers of Maggot Man follow the life cycle of a maggot from egg to fly, learn about characteristics of different fly species, and understand how the presence of maggots and their life cycle give important evidence in crime investigations.

It is not commonly thought that an interest in flies and maggots can turn into an exciting career, but Dr. Neal Haskell has used his fascination with these bugs to become a leading, internationally-known forensic entomologist. Maggot Man takes us to Dr. Haskell's lab to study maggots, to his farm to find them, and to court to present evidence for a case. Readers plunge into the text with the narrating maggot and into Dr. Haskell’s accounts of real-life cases.

The lively narration and fascinating details, together with scientifically accurate color illustrations and a reference section for further reading, make the study of maggots into an unusual and fascinating topic.

Author Shannon Anderson is a literacy coach, an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and a children's book author. She received her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a license to teach high-ability students from Ball State University. About her interest in maggots and in Dr. Haskell’s work, she says, “With the emphasis on nonfiction in education, I wanted to write a nonfiction book with high interest. I already knew Dr. Haskell and the interest in crime scene dramas on TV. I figured forensic entomology would be a great thing to explore. The more I learned, the more interested I became.”

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