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Spark Files 6: Dark Forces: Dark Forces Bk. 6 (The Spark Files) Paperback – 7 Jun 1999
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Bat and Bell, the fourth title in the praiseworthy Spark Files series, is probably the most pertinent book so far and will strike a chord with anyone who is concerned about the environment. None of the humour or sheer buffoonery of the previous titles is lost when "the gran with a plan" swings into action alongside her gallant grandchildren in their battle against greedy Councillor Tripwell. As Susie and Sally Spark plan to foil his bid to dig up the graveyard and fill in the local pond flourishes, they use a series of real experiments to prove that the councillor is a baddie, allowing the reader to take an active role in the ups and downs of the story. A subject close to the heart of many a child is given the daft-Deary treatment with a bonus for would-be boffins who like to experiment for themselves. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Each rattlingly entertaining story is interwoven with simple, clearly explained, practical experiments for children to try at home...the stories are so enjoyable that sometimes the science bits seem to be an added bonus rather than the backbone of the book. This is all to the good, because children will scarcely notice they are learning along the way. Not wanting to miss out on a single line, they might just be turned on to science for life. As well as experiments, there are plenty of fascinating scientific facts and anecdotes that make science anything but boring...the illustrations are terrific...the group of children I shared these books with all independently looked through each book laughing and talking about the wonderfully clear and funny graphics." TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
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