Children's Literature - Hazel BuysDo sentient beings speak from the other side of the grave? Do messages come from the future? Is hypnosis a gateway to the past? Can psychics and mediums really help solve crimes? A variety of well-known cases, drawn from common knowledge and police archives, jump from pages that use color photographs and high-interest graphics to engage the reader. Accounts of reincarnations, past lives, murders, and premonitions that turn out to be predictions of actual calamities vividly illustrate the variety of messages that appear to come from sources beyond living experience. As with other titles in the "Amazing Mysteries" series, "Mystery File," "Grave Tales," "What's the Evidence?" and "Spooky!" sidebars provide detail about actual extrasensory occurrences through research and scientific information. The book concludes with a glossary, index and a list of Internet resources labeled "Web Finder" that makes it a worthy purchase for an elementary or middle school science classroom or library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library JournalGr 5-7–This series presents a wide range of phenomena in a colorful, easy-to-browse format that will appeal to readers of all abilities. Each oversize volume is chock-full of some of the greatest enigmas from the past to the present, ranging from the Egyptian pyramids to UFOs. The brief texts are enticing, but are not substantial enough for research and provides no documentation or further-reading suggestions. The layout and use of visuals are extremely appealing even though it is not always clear whether the images depict the phenomenon being discussed. If you’re looking to entice reluctant readers, these books will do the job, but pair them with more substantial works to encourage children to dig deeper.
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