Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
Susan Hughes & Michael Wandelmaier
Kids Can, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ere's a book (aimed at ages 8-12) to intrigue both young readers and their elder siblings and parents. Susan Hughes'
takes us through '
Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
'. Colorful illustrations by Michael Wandelmaier enhance the revelations of secrets long held by these '
', and a
at the back provides definitions of scientific terms.
he cases (not all closed) are: Egypt's first female pharaoh,
, last heard of around 1457 BCE; Buddhist monk/explorer
, who set sail from China around 215 BCE;
The City of Ubar
, which disappeared from an Arabian Peninsula desert around 300;
who vanished from southwestern North America around 1300; explorer
Sir John Franklin
lost in the Canadian Arctic around 1847, while seeking the Northwest Passage; Russian princess
last known of in 1918; climber
George L. Mallory
, lost on Mount Everest in 1924; airplane
, last seen in Argentina in 1947; and Israeli submarine
lost in the Eastern Mediterranean in 1968.
usan Hughes introduces the '
dedicated sleuths from different fields who have been seeking answers to nine disappearances, both ancient and recent
' and encourages readers to '
discover which of the vanished have been found!
' Techniques and equipment used by those hoping to solve these puzzles include a sea voyage on a bamboo raft, CAT scans, NASA and satellite images, computer simulations, DNA analysis, orthophotographs, metal detectors, and sonar readings. These are fascinating accounts and
would make an excellent choice for any budding young scientist on your holiday gift list.
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