Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man
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Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man

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Presents the story of Kennewick Man, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in America near the Columbia River in Washington.
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Holiday House
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Kara Dean
Fascinating account of the discovery in the mid 90's in Washington state of a skeleton which is more than 9000 years old. The custody battle between a group of scientists who wish the study the bones, and the US Corp of Engineers and a coalition of Native American tribes who wish to rebury the skeleton makes up the meat of the book. The book starts to lose its way when it diverts from the controversy to delve into the history of various ancient people. Also, although the illustrations are great,...more
Cathy
It's not a children's book, it's a college paper. The topic is very interesting, but it's way too advanced for almost any kid. The vast majority of the book is dense text with words that are not just challenging, but potentially a bit off-putting for kids, it's just really formal. And did I mention that it's dense? There's no way even my very, very bright 10 year-old would have the patience to follow this story when my eyes kept glazing over. It's a shame because it's a cool story and a lovely b...more
Kat Goldin
Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man
This is a text that will engage the reader who enjoys a thrill and that is eager to ‘find’ something that is global relative. This book is not about dinosaur bones. The rather studious story is about how a recent staggering find of bones by two teens in Washington changed the way the world look at the remains of individuals and how they are used for anthology purposes. This is a timeless book that is interesting, but tough to get through. I would have...more
Angie
Interesting look at how the discovery of ancient man changed the way we think of our native american beginnings. I found the controversy around kennewick man fascinating but parts if this book were very dry and hard to get through. I am not sure how kid friendly this book is but it will find an audience with history buffs.
Donalyn
This is an insightful and comprehensive history about the discovery of Kennewick Man and the ensuing court battle between archeologists and the Umatilla tribe over the treatment and possession of the remains.
Sandy D.
This is a well-meaning but problematic kid's book about the controversy over what should be done with a 9500 y.o. skeleton found in the state of Washington: anthropological research, or give it back to the Native peoples in the area for reburial?

The information presented is accurate and detailed, and the illustrations are gorgeous and helpful. But the text reads a bit too much like an academic report - elementary school kids are going to have a tough time getting through some of the long pages o...more
Barbara
This fascinating story of how bones that were more than 9,000 years old were accidentally found along the Columbia River in eastern Washington contains many intriguing details about how the bones sparked a court battle between First Nations peoples and the scientists who wanted to study the bones. The author provides a balanced account between the different sides to the issue, and it is clear that what might be learned from studying the remains of someone's ancestor comes at the price of seeming...more
Heather
An interesting subject, and I think the author did a good job of showing all sides of the story and being culturally sensitive. As Kennewick Man, he was important to scientific research, but as The Ancient One, the sanctity and preservation of his remains was important to Native American tribes. I think Ms. Kirkpatrick also does a good job of showing how this drama was avoided in other cases, illustrating that we need to be sensitive to other cultures, and that mutual respect may lead to coopera...more
Abby Johnson
It's an interesting topic (particularly for its discussion of NAGPRA and the ethics of research on Native American remains), but I think the format is problematic. The content of the book is suited to a middle-school audience, but the large pages with big blocks of text and painted illustrations instead of photos are a turn-off. This is a book for research and reports, but I don't see kids picking it up for recreational reading.

Try Secrets of a Civil War Submarine or Written in Bone by Sally M....more
Allison
For my daughter (age 10) and I, this book was a good introduction to an interesting topic. However, very little is known about The Ancient One. In fact, there are more unknowns than knowns. As a result, the book is heavy on detailed speculation--which tried both of our patiences. I would recommend this book for any young person with an interest in archaeology or anthropology. It is a fantastic overview of technical, legal, and even moral issues.
Deanna
Chronicles the events which follow after skeletal remains of "Kennewick Man" are found. It turns out that the bones are over 9,000 years old. Very detailed and interesting information however it came across as academic. I don't think kids will be flocking to the library, it will need to be sold.
Paige Y.
Interesting but I had some real issues with the layout of the book. Several times it referred to sidebars that were pages away and yet didn't give those page numbers. I also felt the flow of the text was interrupted by the sidebars.
Betsy
One Sentence Review: A good and interesting read that suffers horribly from the publisher's choice to include only illustrations and no photographs of the "Man" in question (if there's a reason for this, we need to know it).
Andrea
Middle school. Some elementary students will be fascinated. Important local history and discussion of study of bones as well as Native ancestral burial rights.
Barb
Very interesting. 9500 year old skeleton found in WA state in 1996. Hadn't even heard about it.
Lisa
Sep 29, 2011 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Fascinating stuff, but not Newbery-worthy.
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Sep 20, 2011 Tracy added it
I think this is interesting.
Megan
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