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CS High


July 7, 2023

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Have you wondered what other scandals occur behind the walls of elite private schools besides what we hear in the media? Look no further. CS High, meet CSI. CS High follows the adventures of three bright and determined high school students who solve a real murder when their mock crime scene turns deadly. As Pinehurst Academy dedicates a new football stadium, freshman prodigy Simon Musgrave discovers a distinguished math teacher dead in his classroom, clutching a vial of prescription medicine. Basketball star Marcus Jackson-who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes in a varsity jacket-joins forces with Simon and rich rebel Laurel Carmichael to analyze evidence authorities have overlooked. Driven by curiosity, their covert sleuthing leads to several suspects. When the evidence trail points to an especially prominent member of the school community, the headmaster threatens to expel them. What could someone have done in high school that if discovered years later would lead to murder? Trusting in science and despite the consequences, Marcus, Laurel, and Simon are determined to uncover the truth, even when the truth leads to a final and deadly confrontation in the lab. In the process of their investigation, the trio grapples with self-awareness and identity, bullying, parental expectations, and other sources of teenage angst. While discovering hidden talents inside and outside the lab, they forge a friendship that extends beyond the lab.

Author Description

Julianne Zedalis teaches AP/honors biology and forensic science at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California, where she holds the Balgrosky-Hinshaw Endowed Chair in Biology. Bugs, Bullets, and Blood is one of her school's most popular electives. Julianne began her teaching career at the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany, and Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. She has received several prestigious teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. As a subject matter expert, she has consulted with several agencies, including the College Board. For 10 years, she co-chaired the committee responsible for writing the AP exam in biology. Julianne also is a major contributor to several biology textbooks and supplemental materials, including Rice University's OpenStax online resources. She lives in San Diego and has two children and two grandchildren who inspire her daily. Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew sparked her interest in science, and the television series CSI ignited her passion for forensics. Julianne hopes CS High promotes student engagement in science as a vital, engaging discipline. This is her first novel.

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