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Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
When two young men who were sneaking into a boat race accidentally uncovered a skeleton along a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996, they had no idea of the impact their discovery would have. The bones were those of one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever recovered in the U.S. and led to one of the most important archaeological controver ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Holiday House
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Dec 15, 2011 Cathy rated it it was ok
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
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I just love to read children's non-fiction. This one was a fascinating introduction to the discovery of and controversy surrounding Kennewick Man, a 9,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington State in 1996. I learned a lot here. It's an almost complete skeleton, a rarity amongst prehistoric finds. The controversy came about because the local Native American tribes believed he was their ancestor and wanted his remains repatriated and reburied. After long legal battles, scientists were permi ...more
Kat Goldin
Sep 05, 2011 Kat Goldin rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
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.
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
The narrative is riveting and accessible and serves as a fine introduction to archaeology and the challenges and ethics involved in this area. The illustrations are suitable in the absence of photographs (by request of Native American tribes). Unfortunately, I found the graphic design overall not very dynamic or attractive, and as a result many of the pages are text-heavy although the book itself isn't that long.
Nov 07, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
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
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
Jun 03, 2012 Abby Johnson rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 07, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 20, 2011 Deanna rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 31, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
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).
Jan 16, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Middle school. Some elementary students will be fascinated. Important local history and discussion of study of bones as well as Native ancestral burial rights.
Apr 12, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it
Very interesting. 9500 year old skeleton found in WA state in 1996. Hadn't even heard about it.
Sep 29, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: juv
Fascinating stuff, but not Newbery-worthy.
Sep 20, 2011 Tracy added it
I think this is interesting.
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