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Published by Kids Can Press on August 1st 2010
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Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE -- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations. Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times. Accompanied by photos, maps, diagrams and illustrations, this book reveals how modern science sheds new light on people, vessels and entire civilizations throughout history that simply vanished. In some cases, the mystery has been solved. In other cases, readers can examine the latest evidence and decide for themselves.
I received a review hard cover copy of this book for free.
This is a cute book – nine mysteries of history, solved with modern day forensics. Being a history geek, even as a kid, I loved this book! I’ve watched a few TV shows that are pretty similar – you are presented with a historical mystery, and then modern science & technology attempts to solve it (such as DNA solving the mystery of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov).
There are wonderful photos & color drawings on each and every page. The book is illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier, and he does a great job of drawing things like mummies in a realistic manner, but not a scary one. Each mystery is explained in a straight forward manner, and the science terms are explained as you go along, much simplified so that a kid would be able to understand it. I think the book is written in such a way that you want to learn more, go out & read more about the subject – which I think is a fabulous thing in a children’s book.