History’s Mysteries: Curious Clues, Cold Cases and Puzzles From the Past


There’s nothing like a good mystery, especially when it is accompanied by great clues and amazing photographic evidence. That is the premise of National Geographic Kids’ newest picture book/magazine, called History’s Mysteries: Curious Clues, Cold Cases, and Puzzles from the Past.

This book is chock full of amazing mysteries that readers of all ages will be eager to dig into. There are well-known “vanished” civilizations, like
the Mayans and the City of Atlantis; and lesser-known places that dropped off the edge of the earth, like the super-society located deep underneath the Cahokia Mounds of Illinois. There is, of course, a section on Amelia Earhart’s unfortunate disappearance (what book of mystery would be complete without it), but the book also covers more uncommon disappearances. For example, have you heard of the Lost Colony of the Roanoke — the 100 colonists of North Carolina who disappeared into thin air after their governor sailed back to England for supplies? Then there’s the cargo ship called the Mary Celeste, which was found bobbing listlessly out to sea, still stocked with all its supplies, but absent its captain, his wife and child and their crew of seven.

There are deadly disco dance mysteries, like the case of the Dancing Plague that eventually took 400 exhausted lives in France in 1518; the mystery of the bear-like Yeti that may or may not be a humanoid; and the case of the giant squid that supposedly attacks ships and drags them to the bottom of the sea. There are 50-foot snakes, flying saucers, and even screaming mummies that are ready to be investigated.

This is an amazingly lively book that will keep readers of all ages turning pages until the very end. Each case offers details, clues and theories, and amazing pictures. In most cases, the images are authentic, but when images are not available, eye-popping illustrations are offered instead.

There is a detailed and convenient Table of Contents to help readers find what they are looking for, a meticulous index, and a great interview with archaeologist Chris Fisher at the very end.

Use this book in science, social studies and history classes; as part of your supplemental reading program; or as a personal addition to your child’s library.


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