Something Stinks!


Dead fish are washing ashore on the Higdon River, and seventh grader Emily Sanders decides to find out why. Mocked by fellow students and abandoned by her best friend, Emily investigates farms, a golf course, and local factories. Gradually she persuades friends to help her test the waters. Their investigations lead them into trouble with the law and confrontation with the town’s most powerful citizen.  Can a handful of determined seventh graders find out the true source of the stink in the Higdon River?

In this book, your child can learn about environmental science, underwater ecology, water pollution, chemistry, and more science & engineering principles!

Author: Gail Hedrick
Age Range : 9-12
Grades: 3-6

Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9780985000899 
  • Genre: Children’s Fiction/Nature & The Natural World
  • Page Count: 183
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Grades: 3-6
  • Lexile Level: 690
  • Pub Date: 01/04/2013

Gail Hedrick, award-winning middle-grade fiction author, freelance writer, editor, proofreader, voice over artist, audiobook narrator, and former physical education teacher, reads the sports section everyday, loving the stories behind the scores. Writing about subjects ranging from how-to’s and fitness, to etiquette and mysteries, she’s published over a hundred stories, poems, and articles in publications for children.  And she is also the author of two middle-grade mysteries-2014 CBC/NTSA Outstanding Science Trade Book Something Stinks!,set in Virginia, and The Scent of Something Sneaky, set in North Carolina.

Gail graduated from the University of Houston, is the mother of two remarkable boys and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

She grew up on a lake in Michigan, spent many years on the lakes and rivers of Virginia and North Carolina, and now lives near the Gulf of Mexico in Bradenton, Florida. For more information, please visit her website:

Gail Hedrick, Author of Something Stinks!

Gail Hedrick, Educator and Author of “Something Stinks!”, teaching a class to Virginia public school students, with incredible enthusiasm.  Gail takes her knowledge of how children respond to teaching and applies it to her writing, making her books both educational and fun!

2014 Outstanding Science Trade Book , the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council.

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