In The Case of the Graveyard Ghost: And Other Super-Scientific Cases, 2002, by Michele Torrey, Barbara Johansen Newman, fifth graders Drake Doyle, Nell Fossey and her dog, Dr. Livingston (I presume) use reason and the scientific method to solve mysteries. When a classmate gets stuck in a laundry chute, they use baking soda and vinegar to “force” her out of the chute. Scientific principles are explained in the context of the story.
Kids who are looking for another series like Junie B. Jones will enjoy the humor and witty dialogue. The Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series will be popular with readers of all ages.
Science teachers can use the books as an entertaining and quick read-aloud. There is also a section at the back of the book with experiments to demonstrate the science in the stories.
The other books in the series are The Case of the Gasping Garbage, The Case of the Mossy Lake Monster, and The Case of the Barfy Birthday.