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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

by Susan Hughes, Michael Wandelmaier
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Each chapter in this cleverly organized, handsomely designed book addresses an historic mystery. Through a combination of dogged work by curious scientists, traditional research methods, and new technologies, many of these mysteries have been solved. Some, however, remain, and even some that appear to have been solved raise further questions. The nine cases range from the well-known and classic to the unheard-of but alluring. They entail the disappearance of Hatshepsut's mummy; the riddle of whether or not a Chinese explorer sailed to America 2,000 years ago; the location of the rumored city of Ubar in the Arabian Peninsula; the vanished Anasazi in the American Southwest; the deaths of Arctic explorers in the mid-nineteenth century; the search for the Russian Romanov Princess Anastasia; the disappearance of mountain-climber George Mallory; the loss of Amelia Earhart; and a missing Israeli submarine. The mysteries are introduced through an engaging teaser about the possibility of a solution and then progress through background information, the opening of the case by modern-day researchers, and a resolution summarizing the extent to which the case has been resolved. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and varied typeface present the sometimes technical details in appealing formats. The book concludes with a glossary and index. While sleuthing through fascinating mysteries, readers will learn a great deal about history, geography, research methodologies and tools, and scientific careers. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Similar to PBS's History Detectives, this book explains how historians have collaborated with experts in various fields (medicine, space, archaeology, meteorology, etc.) to resolve disappearances that have long puzzled them. Each chapter discusses one mystery, beginning with historical background. The modern scientific processes used to help solve it are then discussed, followed by the often-fascinating conclusion that was drawn. Famous bodies (Anastasia Romanov and George Mallory) have been identified, a lost city (Ubar) has been found, and mysterious journeys (Hsu Fu's, the Star Dust, and the INS Dakar) have been mapped. Several of the subjects (Hatshepsut, the Anasazi, John Franklin, and George Mallory) are covered in multiple books for this age range, but others are not as easily found. The writing is clear and engaging. The full-color illustrations are a mix of photographs, maps, and flat, animation-style art. Each chapter ends with a conclusion, but also poses a question that still remains to be solved. The book contains a glossary and an extensive index, but no notes or other bibliographic information. Students doing reports or historically minded browsers are the audience for this book. It's not an essential purchase, but it is an interesting one.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554533633
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
1,116,806
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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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