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Children's LiteratureIn this fascinating title from the "Unsolved History" series, the author examines seven historical mysteries. These include the extinction of the dinosaurs, the lost colony of Roanoke, the Salem witch trials, the story of the Mary Celeste ship, the explosions of the Maine and of the Hindenburg, and the Tunguska event. For each historical incident, the author presents the basic facts, and then explains the questions that puzzle historians, such as how and why the colony at Roanoke disappeared. Several theories as to the cause of the unexplained phenomenon are introduced; for example, in describing the extinction of the dinosaurs, Blackwood explains the dominant theory regarding a comet or meteorite hitting the earth. However, he also discusses the gradualist theory that the dinosaurs slowly died out, offering explanations as varied as parasites or disease to other humorous ones, such as aliens hunting them slowly to extinction. In doing so, the author shows how history, as well as science, is a field with a continually evolving body of knowledge. As the author reveals, this leads to a continually changing understanding of the world, as well as the past. Ultimately, Blackwood leaves it up to the reader to decide what theory best explains what happened. Intriguing illustrations help to capture each story's mysterious appeal, as this book is well-designed to encourage readers to delve into history. 2006, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 10 to 12.