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Lands of Mystery

Lands of Mystery

by Judith Herbst

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Children's Literature
An entry in "The Unexplained" series, this high-interest book takes a logical look at the paranormal by using a skeptical narrator/questioner in the presence of a believing tour leader. The book examines three settings: Atlantis, Khufu's pyramid, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. When the tour guide discusses Atlantis, the skeptic recounts what is known about the Minoan civilization and the explosion of Thera. Since the Atlantans were thought to have buried their secrets beneath the feet of the Sphinx, the next stop is Egypt and anomalies surrounding Khufu's pyramid where the tour leader points out orientation features. The last stop in this disconnected journey is Roanoke in North Carolina to consider the evidence left in the disappearance of that famous colony. The skeptic's constant badgering of the believer makes for humorous and easy reading while short punchy prose is a further attraction for reluctant readers. The jumpy connections between segments and the abrupt and often open-ended conclusions of segments, however, make the book a less coherent, more episodic read. Full-color photos bordered in eerie scratched frames, diagrams, archival material, and the use of a unifying apple green and black give this series a pleasing appearance. By itself, the book will not satisfy report writers but the endmatter supplies ways to find out more and an index is provided. 2004, Lerner, Ages 10 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

Lerner Classroom
Publication date:
Unexplained Series
Product dimensions:
7.22(w) x 6.48(h) x 0.14(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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