Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

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Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE -- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectros...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press
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The nonfiction landscape is littered with books on unexplained phenomena. Case Closed? is a notable entry in this group because:

A. It covers mysteries that don’t get as much attention, and…

B. It dives headfirst into the science used to crack these previously unsolvable cases.

A total of nine topics are covered, from more recent – the disappearance of Israeli submarine INS Dakar in 1968, to ancient – the missing pharaoh Hatshepsut in 1457BCE. The format of Case Closed? is a strength. Each topic re...more
Babs
Nov 28, 2010 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mysteries, children's books
Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE -- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations. Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times....more
Aik Chien 인첸
Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science is an amazingly interesting book which discloses the ways people solve ancient mysteries using modern-day Science and advanced technology. Although this book is oriented towards kids aged 8-12, I'm sure adults will also find this 88-page book engrossing, for it presents a bucketful of historical and scientific knowledge.

With her straightforward and highly-detailed explanations and the accompaniment of photos, maps, diagrams and coloured illu...more
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
This almost A4 sized book has a very colourful cover, the illustrations show you the wide time lines which this book covers.

The stories within the pages are detailed enough for readers with no knowledge of the non fictional characters or stories to come away with knowledge of both their history, and a solution to the question posed in each of their stories. We liked the way in which this drew us in as readers, each story starts with why it is considered a mystery, and then puts together a compl...more
Anastacia
I received a review hard cover copy of this book for free.

This is a cute book - nine mysteries of history, solved with modern day forensics. Being a history geek, even as a kid, I loved this book! I've watched a few TV shows that are pretty similar - you are presented with a historical mystery, and then modern science & technology attempts to solve it (such as DNA solving the mystery of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov).

There are wonderful photos & col...more
Ashley
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes is a fun look into nine mysterious disappearances, many going back to ancient times.

The book is definitely geared toward middle grade readers. The language was on a level younger kids could understand, and larger words (like Anthropology) that young kids might not have come into contact with previously are explained in a way that does not make the reader fee...more
carissa
Recommended Ages: grades 6-9

Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE -- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations. Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries fr...more
Freda mans
This is one of the best childrens books I have read this year! It captured my attention and I had to absorb every word, I can just imagine what it would be like for a child around age 10.
There was a lot of information I knew but also quite a bit that was new to me. That made it even more interesting.
The illustrations were fantastic too! As soon as I opened the book and saw the first drawing, I knew instantly it was Dr. Hawass. I thought it was cool to see him in cartoon form since I watch him of...more
April
CASE CLOSED? NINE MYSTERIES UNLOCKED BY MODERN SCIENCE by Susan Hughes is a children's nonfiction. It is full of information and is for children ages 8 to 12/grades 3 to 7. It has great llustrations, intrigue, case history, maps, diagrams which are very intersting. According to my 9 year old grandson, who loves history it is"AWESOME". He was greatly fascinated, intrigued and throughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for all ages. This book was received for review from Bostick Communicati...more
Amy Carr
I thought I would LOVE this book and instead, I found it just "so-so". The writing seemed "heavy"...not well edited and wordy. As an adult, I have heard about many of these mysteries many times and nothing particularly "new" was uncovered in this book. Children will probably be more interested in reading these mysteries and how they were uncovered by the marvel of modern technology. My 10 year old loved it...my 8 and 6 year old lost interest until I started paraphrasing and "summing it all up".
Mary-Jane
Geared for a younger audience (preteens) but interesting for adults also, the book overviews 9 ancient mysteries and how modern science and technology have shed light on the unknowns of the stories.
Carol
Hughes has managed to make science and history fun and exciting.
Shawn
Gr. 3-6
Barbara
Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science. By Susan Hughes. Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier. Kids Can Press, 2010. 88 pages.

Genre: Nonfiction
Recommended age level: Intermediate (8-12 years)
Subjects and themes: history, mysteries, technological innovations

Case Closed? examines how modern science has shed light on historical mysteries such as the disappearance of Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition party. Using DNA, maps, space shuttles, spectroscopy points, and other technologic...more
Kristen Lindsay
This book features nine mysteries from ancient and modern times. It promotes science through inquiry as some mysteries have been solved while others are left for students to examine the latest evidence to decide a solution for them. In working to solve these mysteries, students are using three of the five features of scientific inquiry: 1) engaging in scientifically oriented questions, 2) giving priority to evidence in responding to questions, and 3) formulating explanations from evidence
Annika Paxman
Wow! I got this book from the Author to review. With the holiday's it was put on the shelf, and I frequently caught my 7 and 8 year olds looking at it and reading it. Finally, I sat down and opened it up. Even though this is meant to be a children’s book, I was immediately fascinated! I love mysteries, and history. This book combines the both with a list of unsolved mysteries from the past. Susan Hughes takes the reader on an exciting adventure detailing historical mysteries in a way that is int...more
Jesse
I've always been fascinated by history and archaeology and this book combines both with that elusive factor that prompts reading: mystery. I enjoyed the nine mysteries included here, but after a while it seemed a bit repetitive. I also wish there had been sources or at least a list of resources for further reading included. I feel like those are necessary in a work of nonfiction. Otherwise, I had fun reading this and learned a lot about several different missing persons, places, or things. I thi...more
Sunday
For centuries people like the Egyptian Pharaoh Hatsheput, the Russian Princess Anastasia, and Mount Everest climber George Leigh Mallory have disappeared without a trace – until now. Scientists and explorers from many fields and parts of the world have banded together and, with the help of new technologies like those featured in the movie Batman Returns, attempted to solve these mysteries. From CAT scans of ancient mummies to DNA testing of exhumed skeletons to radar images of lost cities, these...more
Kristi Bernard
Do your kids love a good mystery? Are they interested in seeing how real cases get solved. If so, they are in for a real treat with this great fact finding and informative book. Young readers will learn about mummies over 3500 years old. A missing Chinese explorer from 215 BCE weaves a mystery that readers will become engaged in. Kids will learn about facts and how the mysteries were solved. Wonderful photographs and maps from around the world will have parents and children turning the pages and...more
Heidi
I like the subject matter and love how appealing this will be to many kids, especially boys. I think it could even be inspiring to kids to research things they wonder about, or show how science and technology have played such roles in helping in these mysteries. Most of the mysteries related were unfamiliar to me. I like that basics are given and it is not overwhelming in facts. What I didn't like were the illustrations. The artistry itself was fine. But I felt there were more illustrations than...more
Hope
Excellent, fun book, likely to appeal to kids with very different interests - budding historians, mystery buffs, fledgling scientists, and action fans.
Natalie Omer
This book is found in the childrens' section of the library but I can't imagine my children reading this book alone. It has a lot of technical terms. My kids were interested but I read it myself and told the story to them later and showed them the pictures. This has some really cool history stories in it about investigations about lost explorers and how they died, ancient Egyptian mummies identified, Arabian cities completely vanishing, and the disappearance of the Russian princess of Romanov,th...more
Brianna
Grade Levels: 3-5
This book features nine mysteries from ancient and modern times. It promotes science through inquiry as some mysteries have been solved while others are left for students to examine the latest evidence to decide a solution for them. In working to solve these mysteries, students are using three of the five features of scientific inquiry: 1) engaging in scientifically oriented questions, 2) giving priority to evidence in responding to questions, and 3) formulating explanations fro...more
Nick
This book is about modern forensic science being used in attempts to solve various historical puzzles and mysteries, ranging from a lost city to whether a personage in ancient Egypt had been murdered. While each of these narratives is brief, older kids will find enough to entice them, and they might want to read longer works later.
As a beginning book on how modern science can aid everything from archaeology to missing person "cold" cases, this is a very good book.
Angie
Fascinating solved or insolvent mysteries investigated by science.

The choices were well done and explained at a fairly reachable level ... if not elementary then certainly middle school.

And some of the extra captions and sidenotes were interesting. I just think there were so many that it got to be distracting. It's a delicate balance and it went too far in the info overload direction.
Deborah
I'm saying it's a picture book because there are picture--but there is also more text per page than usual for traditional picture books. The writing is interesting both in content and in writing style. Sidebars and insets add information that I found compelling to read. I think there's a model for student writing here, too.
Duane
This book does a nice job of exposing the truths about nine hardly heard mysteries for younger readers. The book is a nice size to attract kids' attentions, and the text is preteen and up. I wish it had more actual photos/illustrations rather than the artwork used though.
Cris
The book recommends itself for kids 8-12 years old. I think even a younger child 5-7 would enjoy at least some of the mysteries.

I read this without a child, but if I ever get the chance I will definitely share this with one.
Tanvi
I absolutely love to read about history's mysteries and what has been done to solve them, and this, though a little kiddish, was perfect for slaking my curiosity. My highlight was the section on Princess Anastasia.
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Susan Hughes is a writer and editor, and has been writing children's books and articles for nearly twenty years. Susan has always loved writing. When she was in grade five and six, she and several friends had a writing club. They would gather with their poems and stories and read them aloud to one another. It was hard to wait for the responses! The group members always tried to say one thing that...more
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