Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review: Case Closed? by Susan Hughes

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes
Book Description: 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.
About the Author: Susan Hughes is a children's book writer and editor. Her book No Girls Allowed was chosen as an OLA Best Bet for Teens. Her other works include a picture book, Earth to Audrey, and a novel, Virginia.Here's What I Think: Although this is technically a children's book (intended for ages 8-12), I certainly learned a lot from it. Each of the nine mysteries is broken down by a description of the mystery, a background, "case open" (which describes the recent findings and facts), "mystery solved?" (the conclusions) and ends with either "Case Closed" or The Investigation Continues..." I appreciated that the book didn't "dumb down" the details of each case and gave thoughtful explanations. I also liked that it was a "just the facts ma'am" sort of book. I think that my niece would enjoy this book as well as any child grade 3-7.

Michael Wandelmaier is an illustrator and graphic designer who uses both traditional and digital media in his work. He is the illustrator of Case Closed? Michael lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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  1. Very nice, Pam. It's always nice to learn s little something when we read....


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