Investigating Machu Picchu

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Explore history without the confines of time or distance. Dr. Isabel Soto is an archaeologist and world explorer with the skills to go wherever and whenever she needs to research history, solve a mystery, or rescue colleagues in trouble. Readers join Izzy on her journeys and gain knowledge about historical places, eras, and cultures on the way.

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Overview

Explore history without the confines of time or distance. Dr. Isabel Soto is an archaeologist and world explorer with the skills to go wherever and whenever she needs to research history, solve a mystery, or rescue colleagues in trouble. Readers join Izzy on her journeys and gain knowledge about historical places, eras, and cultures on the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Dr. Isabel Soto is an archaeologist who travels to places all over the world. This book takes the reader on some of her many journeys. The author provides historical information but does so by intertwining the past and present. In telling the adventure, the author makes it possible for Dr. Soto to travel through time by using a device called the W.I.S.P. She can go to any time or place. The story starts with Isabel receiving a message from Dr. Dodd who is requesting her presence in Peru. Once there, she and Dr. Dodd find prehistoric items that give knowledge about Machu Picchu. He wonders if the golden llama he had found was common or rarity. Not being satisfied with the relics, Dr. Soto uses W.I.S.P. and goes back to the time of the Incas. When she comes across Hiram Bingham in 1911, she is not able to approach him as it could change history. She stays in the past and meets individuals that give her a better understanding of events that happened in history. When she eventually gets back to the present, she is able to confirm that the golden llama figurine was common. The author gives a table of contents, a glossary, a bibliography, and a section with additional information about Machu Picchu and Isabel Soto. She also includes bubbles throughout the book with additional information. Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine. They make it just the thing for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. They are also a wonderful way to introduce a variety of genres to young people. Young readers who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics and fast-paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impacton the story. This book is perfect for both personal and school libraries and for both boys and girls. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429638944
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Graphic Expeditions Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,446,243
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Sohn is a freelance journalist in Minneapolis, who covers mostly health, science, environment and adventure for both kids and grown-ups. Among other publications, her work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Backpacker and Science News for Kids, and she is a contributing writer for Discovery News. Assignments have taken Emily to exotic locations around the globe, including Cuba, Fiji and the Peruvian Amazon.

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

Tod Smith grew up in Rhode Island, where he attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He started working in comics in the 1980s, and has been an illustrator for comics and books ever since. He loves to play music in his free time, and when he was in middle school, the Beatles inspired him to start to play the guitar. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Candace.

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

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