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Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  35 reviews
How did King Tut really die? The mystery of the young pharaohs death is only one of the puzzles that modern science has helped solve. Thanks to forensicsthe science of examining physical evidencewe now know that King Tut died of malaria. We also know that stomach cancer, and not arsenic as suspected, killed Napoleon. Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Annick Press (first published January 8th 2013)
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Jim Erekson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: informational
Focusing solely on heads of state (mostly royalty), Macleod's book should have been titled to match the fact. The existing title would be more apropos of a series.

Text vignettes discussing forensic techniques sometimes did not match the case being discussed in the chapter and made it feel disjointed. And repetitive spot illustrations of a chemist's beaker, an x-ray sheet, a magnifying glass, and a microscope were distracting because they also did not match what was going on on the page. As
Bones Never Lie is a children's nonfiction book about forensic science and historical mysteries. YAY!

Granted, a couple of these are pretty common mysteries that have been (repeatedly) solved. Whether or not Anastasia Romanova survived the massacre of her family (she didn't), whether Marie Antoinette's son Louis-Charles died in the hands of the revolutionary guards (he did, and the heart buried in the Saint Denis Basilica is almost certainly his). Whether Napoleon was poisoned and King Tut
Kathleen Garber
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Annick Press always has good books for teaching children about history and science and this is just like the others. Elizabeth Macleod shares seven stories from times past where we didnt know exactly what happened back then, but now, with DNA and other crime solving techniques we have figured it out.

If your child loves mysteries, history or CSI this book will enthrall them. Each story (such as how did King Tut die) is followed from what we knew back then to what weve learned since. The book is
Read for Battle of the Books.

This was fascinating and again made me wish I had a better head for science. If I had read this as a kid, I probably would have worked harder, because I really wanted to go into forensics for a long time, but just don't understand chemistry enough.

This goes through the different types of forensics used to identify a body and what happened to it. While it can get a little graphic at times, MacLeod doesn't spend too long on the gritty details and sticks to the facts. I
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a nice introductory book for those who are starting to interest for the forensics science. It explain very basics things like how to determine the time of the death through mysteries of historic figures.
The negative point is that the title of the book assures you that it will explain how these mysteries were solved by the forensics science but as you read youll see that it doesnt offer a final answer to some of them but just theories based in the proves that were discovered by the
Ch J Loveall
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has a concise beginning for forensic science.
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Overall: 5/5--My middle schoolers are going to love this book! I am constantly on the lookout for "middle school appropriate" crime nonfiction. That can sometimes be a tall order since what my students really want is sensationalized serial killer stuff, which tends to be written for adults. I loved the stories of King Tut, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Princess Anastasia especially. While some of the stories end with no real answer to
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth Macleod is a forensic look at some of the biggest murder/unusual death mysteries in history. With the popularity of shows like NCIS, Bones and CSI, books dealing with forensics have become extremely desired. Take a mystery and add an ick factor and you have a book that wont stay on the shelves. Bones Never Lie will most certainly fall into that category. I really enjoyed it.
Elizabeth Macleod picks some very interesting history mysteries to include in her book. Many
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Is it possible to solve a mystery that's over 3000 years old? You bet it is! Just like detectives solve crimes that happen today, scientists and other experts can use techniques from the field of "forensics" (a scientific way of examining physical evidence) to find clues and solve mysteries of the past. Learn about fingerprinting, DNA analysis, bone analysis, autopsies, blood tests, X-rays, and much more as we take a look at history's mysteries of the rich and famous. How did Egypt's King Tut ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Forensics is a science thats becoming more mainstream today because of popular TV crime shows like CSI and even because of what we read and see in the news. Old criminal cases are being reopened prisoners who once served time for crimes they did not commit are being released based on new evidence found using new forensic tools and technology.

Thats what this book is all about using modern day science to re-examine some of the mysterious and famous deaths from the past.

In the book, scientists
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Forensic science has been cool for years now. From CSI to Dexter, being able to solve crimes based on the small details and evidence at the scene is a subject of fascination for many people. Bones Never Lie caters to younger fans of forensic science, as well as those who are interested in some of historys mysteries. There are plenty of illustrations, and the extra bibliographic information will be helpful for any kids that are really into the mysteries and want to delve further.

I actually
Lori Spier
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Lori by: publisher
Shelves: forensics
A compact, easy to read book, "Bones Never Lie" is sure to stimulate interest in forensic sciences in young adults.

Each chapter is devoted to a single case, as well as to a specifi part of forensic science and also to the history of the mystery surrounding each famous death. For example, in the case of what killed King Tut, DNA is used to isolate the potential fatal illness, while deductive reasoning tries to uncover just who was the man in the iron mask.

Not all the mysteries are "solved" - in
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an in depth look at some incredibly interesting forensic CSI. Each case details the historical background behind the mystery and includes simple-language explanations about the crime solving techniques used. It gives definitive answers about some mysteries like how King Tut and Napoleon died. Other mysteries just become more mysterious or speculative like what happened to King Rama of Thailand.
I loved this book! I think its a perfect for Middle school students who have some of that
Dianna Wolf
Nov 22, 2015 added it
Shelves: lme-508
MacLeod, E. (2013). Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries. Firefly Books Ltd.

Citation by: Dianna Wolf

Type of Reference: Encyclopedia

Call Number: Ref 363.2

Content/Scope: An encyclopedia relating to evidence of historical crimes and forensics.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book was classified as "Core Collection" by "Middle ad Junior High Core Collection (H. W. Wilson)." This list is selected and recommended by collection development specialists in library service to young
Melissa Mcavoy
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, tweens, 6th, 7th, 8th
I was disappointed by this book, which I felt missed many opportunities. It does use current forensics to explore mysteries surrounding the deaths of some historic royalty: Anastasia, King Tut, Napolean, etc. Unfortunately evidence is often inconclusive (that's not a surprise, but that's not what the book promises.) and the writing is a bit sloppy. Words are repeated in too close proximity and paragraphs more relevant to a modern CSI show are oddly inserted into a discussion of the murder of ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
This was an interesting look at some of the great mysteries throughout history. There were a few problems with it. It wasn't as detailed as I was hoping for and many of the mysteries didn't get solved.

However, with the popularity of crime TV shows, I can see how many middle grade and young YA kids would enjoy this book. It explains a lot of terms that detectives use and how those methods are used to help at a crime scene. And honestly, there is quite a bit of really interesting information in
Megan Hunt
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I really loved this book, it was full of interesting facts. I liked how the book told us possible ways the historical people died. When I saw the title I thought it was all about bones, but I was wrong. The book was about King Tut, The Maya's and so much more it was full of facts and strange yet cool pictures. I had no idea that Roman leader Julius Caesar was stabbed to death, but the second knife wound actually killed him. Elizabeth MacLeod publishes great non-fiction books and definitely ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really interesting book. Much of the information presented I already knew, but I learned a few new things. The information was a lot more in depth than I was expecting from a children's book. It was somewhat disappointing to have so many of the mysteries presented still unsolved at the end, but it also made the book more believable because in real life there are not so many clear cut answers particularly about things that happened so long ago.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
this was a really interesting book. i loved the pictures and the format, i think this is really appealing to the younger crowd who may not read at as high a level as their peers, but also to the 'good' readers as well. each mystery is contained with documents, history, 'what if' and more. i was very intrigued by all of them and will do further research on a few:)
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Nonfiction/ Twin Text #4

The twin text I found for this book was The Berenstain Bears: The Bear Detectives by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. Both of these stories are about solving mysteries. One is about finding the missing pumpkin while the other is trying to piece together the death of royalties. In both books clues are used to solve the mysteries.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction, 2014
Very readable, makes forensic science accessible to kids. I especially liked that in some of the cases, the verdict is still unknown, showing that unlike on TV, forensics sometimes can't provide all the answers.
Kim Baccellia
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into how modern day science helps solve history's mysteries. Included are was King Tut murdered? Did Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russian survive? How did Napoleon die?

Love how modern science is used to explain some of these mysteries in an easy to follow format.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was really interesting... I enjoyed reading this...
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Really interesting! I would definitely put this on my library shelves. Great for middle school with appeal to intermediate and high school.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This book was amazingly excellent!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One Sentence Review: A fun idea and a book with a lot of great moments, but unfortunately the fictionalized suppositions weigh down what otherwise could have been a strong nonfiction text.
Jill Cd
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Engaging, interesting and factual. I loved it!
Jun 11, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth MacLeod was born on October 21 in Toronto. As a child Liz liked to read Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables books, swim, sing, dance, and hang out with her friends. Encouraged by her parents, she began writing stories and poetry for her own enjoyment at the age of 10, her favorite subjects being mad scientists and tyrants who threatened to take over the world.

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