Detectives in Training with Agent Zabia by Annabelle Sami

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Agent Zaiba Investigates is here! I’m so excited for this book. Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve. She knows EVERYthing there is to know about running an investigation…

So here on My Book Corner we have some top tips and activities for Detectives in Training… sharpen up your skills!

Being the world’s best detective takes lots of practise! Firstly, you need to see how good your memory is…

Practise your observation skills with your friends.

Collect about twenty objects – the more random the better! – and give your friends thirty seconds to look at them. Once the time is up, cover the objects. Each person has two minutes to write down as many of the objects as they can remember.

How did they do? Now it’s someone else’s turn to choose the objects!

Make your own fingerprinting kit

To make a fingerprinting kit you will need:
– clear tape
– flour
– a paintbrush
– white paper
– a pencil

Practise taking fingerprints by finding a flat surface (with fingerprints on!). Brush the flour on to the surface so it covers the fingerprints then gently blow off any extra flour. Stick some clear tape over the flour and you’ll have collected a potentially useful clue! You can also take fingerprints from potential suspects! On a piece of paper, colour in a patch with a pencil. Ask your suspect to rub their finger hard on the pencil marking then place their finger on to the sticky side of some clear tape. Gently lift their finger off the tape and stick the tape to a plain piece of paper. Compare it to any fingerprints you found at the scene of the crime!

Now you’re in the perfect position to delve into Agent Zaiba Investigates first mystery involving missing diamonds – at her cousin’s Mehndi party, Zaiba gets her first challenge: to discover the identity of the VIP staying at the same hotel. With the help of her best friend Poppy and brother Ali, Zaiba puts her sleuthing skills to the test. And when the celebrity’s precious dog disappears, along with its priceless diamond collar, it’s up to the trio to save the day!

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