Frozen Girl

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Over five hundred years ago, there lived a thirteen-year-old Inca girl in the mountains of Peru. Because of her perfect beauty, she was chosen to be the official sacrifice to the god of Mount Ampato. Feasting began days before the actual ceremony and priests gave the girl elaborate costumes to wear. Then the time came for her to be given to the mountain.

Centuries have passed and it is 1990. Hiking on the snowy peak of Mount Ampato, an archeologist and a mountain elimber make an...

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Overview

Over five hundred years ago, there lived a thirteen-year-old Inca girl in the mountains of Peru. Because of her perfect beauty, she was chosen to be the official sacrifice to the god of Mount Ampato. Feasting began days before the actual ceremony and priests gave the girl elaborate costumes to wear. Then the time came for her to be given to the mountain.

Centuries have passed and it is 1990. Hiking on the snowy peak of Mount Ampato, an archeologist and a mountain elimber make an unusual find: charred wood and other signs of ancient human life buried in the frozen ground. Before long, they uncover the mummified body of a young girl, and a scientific inquiry begins.

In this companion book to his award-winning Frozen Man, author David Getz gives young readers an up-close look at the discovery of the Incan mummy. He shows how scientists pieced together clues to the frozen girl's identity, including theories on how and why she was sacrificed. Evocative illustrations from Peter McCarty bring the girl and her culture to life. Photographs of the actual mummy are also included.

Discussses the discovery, history, and significance of an Incan mummy found frozen in the mountains of Peru.

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"The serendipitous discovery in 1995 of the frozen remains of a pre-Columbian Inca girl has been hailed as one of the most significant archaeological finds of this decade.... Getz’s book...reads like great adventure fiction and will entice even reluctant readers." —School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
In 1990, hikers climbing on the frozen peak of Mount Ampato, in Peru, discovered the remains of a young girl who had been sacrificed to the mountain five hundred years earlier. Together, author and illustrator succeed in creating the character of Juanita, a character readers can relate to, one whom they accompany up the mountain as she undergoes the final preparations for her death. The author supplements his remarkable job of recreating this young girl's short but honorable life by including startling photographs and haunting, realistic illustrations. Children will be engrossed by the fiction-like story of Juanita, while older readers will certainly appreciate the archeological significance of the discovery. Frozen Girl is part of the "Redfeather Chapter Book" series.
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Gr 4-6The serendipitous discovery in 1995 of the frozen remains of a pre-Columbian Inca girl has been hailed as one of the most significant archaeological finds of this decade. Her body is one of several uncovered in recent years, including that of a 5000-year-old mummy found in the Alps and chronicled by Getz in Frozen Man (Holt, 1994). The young woman, whom archaeologist Johan Reinhard calls Juanita, has been particularly well preserved. This compact volume gets right to the point, describing how the body was found, how her clothes and other artifacts were salvaged, and the significance of her ritual death. Black-and-white photographs supplement soft, frosty drawings. Reinhard's Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden (National Geographic, 1998) includes more photographs and an eyewitness account. Getz's book, however, reads like great adventure fiction and will entice even reluctant readers.Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805051537
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/15/1998
  • Series: Redfeather Bks.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Getz is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Thin Air and Almost Famous, and the nonfiction books Frozen Man and Life on Mars. When not writing, Mr. Getz works as an elementary-school principal in New York City.

Peter McCarty is the Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian. He also teamed up with David Getz on Frozen Man, Life on Mars, and Purple Death. Mr. McCarty lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.

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