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Ghost Hunters
     

Ghost Hunters

by William Lace
 

No one has ever proved the existence of ghosts. Yet polls routinely show that people believe they exist. In one poll, 37 percent of Americans said they believe that a house can be haunted; 32 percent said they believe that spirits of the dead can return to the world of the living. The Library of Ghosts & Hauntings examines all things ghostly-through lively

Overview

No one has ever proved the existence of ghosts. Yet polls routinely show that people believe they exist. In one poll, 37 percent of Americans said they believe that a house can be haunted; 32 percent said they believe that spirits of the dead can return to the world of the living. The Library of Ghosts & Hauntings examines all things ghostly-through lively narrative, personal accounts, and discussion of efforts to prove or disprove some of the many otherworldly sightings and encounters. Each book in the series includes sidebars and fact boxes that highlight or expand on intriguing phenomena, stories, and statistics. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Julie Watkins
Even in modern society, where scientific, tangible research is highly valued, fascination with the supernatural remains strong. In these two series entries, the question of ghosts' existence and the experiences of those who seek them out as a vocation are explored. In Ghosts, the author relates a variety of supernatural encounters throughout history, including the ghost that haunted infamous Chicago gangster Al "Scarface" Capone until his death. Ghost Hunters investigates how the relatively new science of paranormal research took root and how it has permeated current popular culture. Each volume in the set provides insight into the paranormal as perceived throughout history, using various narratives and sidebars and an in-depth look at the people on both sides of the debate and their attempts to prove or disprove their beliefs. In addition, there are extensive source notes to make further research easier. The concise stories are fascinating and informative, with the individual authors relating the facts in an unbiased manner that allows readers to draw their own conclusions. In addition to the usual reasons given by skeptics for the paranormal, such as overactive imaginations and paranoia, scientific explanations on topics like electromagnetic fields and both sides of the brain trying to work together (cerebral fritzing) are explained as possible culprits behind many "ghostly" mysteries. There is also acknowledgement by the individual authors that although the existence of paranormal entities has never been proved, it has also never been disproved, noting some cases that science has rendered inexplicable. With all of its strong points, a drawback of the series is that itbecomes repetitive, with the same stories and people featured several times in the different volumes. Although this repetition would not be an issue with a student researcher consulting one book, it could be frustrating when attempting to use the entire set. Reviewer: Julie Watkins
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–This set presents numerous stories of ghosts and hauntings taken from books, Web sites, and other publications. The easy-to-read books contain a good deal of text and are suitable for those who want substantial information. The quality and tone of the writing varies, with some of the titles contradicting each other. Ghosts, the strongest title in the series, does an excellent job of balancing ghost stories with a discussion of the lack of scientific evidence for them. The other books are a little more sensational and at times imply that the encounters occurred. Color images and sidebars will help to hold readers’ attention and make the books appealing to reluctant readers. While the authors rely heavily on Web sites for information, each book contains suggestions for further reading and detailed source notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601520913
Publisher:
ReferencePoint Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Library of Ghosts and Hauntings Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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