Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

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 spectroscopy points to some probable explanations.

Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times. Accompanied by photos, maps, diagrams and illustrations, this book reveals how modern science sheds new light on people, vessels and entire civilizations throughout history that simply vanished. In some cases, the mystery has been solved. In other cases, readers can examine the latest evidence and decide for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554533633
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 316,728
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Michael Wandelmaier is an illustrator and graphic designer who uses both traditional and digital media in his work. He is the illustrator of Case Closed? Michael lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 Communications and the author and details can be found at Kids Can Press.
CloverHillReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 complete picture of the methods and people involved in solving the mysteries. In some cases it leaves you with another unsolved mystery at the end of the story, which encouraged more discussion between us before moving on to the next story.As an adult reader I've come away with more of an insight into varies time periods in history, as well as a lot of things I didn't know but found intriguing to read about. For our eldest reviewer, aged 8, this encouraged him to think about history and how science has solved otherwise unsolvable mysteries. Many of these Shaun found fascinating, and came up with his own theories as to what had happened in some stories, before reading what results science uncovered. Eg, one story asks what happened to Sir John Franklin whilst he was on expedition. Shaun's theory was that a Yeti captured them and buried them, as some of his crew members were found in a mummified frozen the at case Shaun was proved incorrect, but it was a fun thought!Overall, this is a great book for children around the ages of 8-12 to get interested in both science and unsolved mysteries, as well as history. The illustrations are brilliant, and the storyline captivating and interesting. As an adult I enjoyed it also.This gains two thumbs up from Shaun, aged 8. His favourite story from this is the first one, Hatshepsut, the first female Egyptian pharaoh who disappeared without a trace.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what happened to the lost Princess Anastasia of Russia? Or the mysterious Anasazi people who just disappeared from their homeland? What about the city of Ubar, swallowed up by the sands around it? We may finally have answers to these questions thanks to modern science procedures. And thanks to this book, you can read about some of the most puzzling cases in history and the latest scientific theories around them! What I Thought- This was absolutely fascinating. I loved hearing about how they figured out the mysteries. That was really cool. Mr. Wandelmaier’s illustrations add another dimension to the story. They are as informative as they are nice to look at. They, and the real-life photos scattered throughout the book, really bring the story to life. Ms. Hughes has done a good job of making kids want to learn about science – the book talks about DNA, how pressure effects a submarine, what a spectrometer does, and much more! Her writing style is very kid-friendly without over-simplifying it. I really enjoyed this book. *NOTE* I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book
sandiek More than 1 year ago
In Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, author Susan Hughes uses ancient and more recent historical mysteries to introduce children to the marvels of science. The book is geared to children in middle school and up. Each case is formatted the same way. The mystery is introduced, the historical background is given, and then the way the researchers used science to discover answers is given. Additional cases in the same category are explained. Finally, whether or not a discussion on whether or not the case is solved is presented. Cases include people such as the Pharoah Hatshepsut, the Russian princess Anastasia, Amelia Earheart, Sir John Franklin (a polar explorer) and George Mallory, a mountainclimber. Other cases discuss a city, Ubar, that disappeared, and an entire North American Indian culture, the Anasazi, who left thriving cities around 1300 and disappeared from history. Finally, there are cases of journeys such as a trip across the Pacific on a bamboo raft, and submarines and airplanes that disappeared mid-journey. This book is recommended for young readers interested in science, or for parents who are looking for books to interest teen readers. The mysteries are presented engagingly, and the science is explained in such a way that it can be easily followed. Readers learn of medical advances, imaging from space, plant analysis, forensic anthropology, DNA analysis and many more scientific fields. The book is an interesting gateway to careers in many areas of science.
Aik More than 1 year ago
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 illustrations as evidences, Susan successfully creates a wonderful, entertaining book which guarantees fun and effective learning. We get to learn about mtDNA, for example, which is used to establish links between groups and civilizations, and to identify the time period a specimen may have come from. We also learn how people can manage to rediscover the Lost City of Ubar with high-end technologies and teamwork. Cased Closed is a great book! I will recommend this book to everyone who is curious to find out the truths behind the 9 great mysteries! Pick it up, whether you're a science-loving kid, historical buff or a bibliophilic adult!
AAR More than 1 year ago
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 Communications and the author and details can be found at Kids Can Press and My Book Addiction and More.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Though this excellent book CASE CLOSED? NINE MYSTERIES UNLOCKED BY MODERN SCIENCE is designated by the author as being for the ages 8 - 12 range, it would be surprising if the adults reading this book purchased as a gift for a youngster would be able to put it down without consuming the contents! Author Susan Hughes is an award-winning writer of children's books ('Virginia,' 'No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure') from Canada and for this reader she steps into a wholly different stratosphere with the publication of this book. She is obviously an informed investigator as well as an entertaining and credible writer: this book contains information not only of well known mysteries that have yet to be solved and includes some mysteries that few people have encountered. With the able assistance of fellow Canadian illustrator and graphic designer Michael Wandelmaier, Hughes offers a trip into ancient and modern puzzles and then introduces the manner in which our new scientific technology is solving some of these mysteries. This she and Wandelmaier achieve by visual and printed explanations of DNA testing, CT scanning, satellite photography, dendrochronolgy (the study of tree rings to determine age), computer simulation, spectrometry, sonar detection and more. The nine 'mysteries' explored are searching for the Egyptian female pharaoh Hatshepsut, the strange disappearance of the Chinese mariner Hsu Fu, the lost city of Ubar in Arabia, the Anasazi tribes who once inhabited the 'four corners' of the west (where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah join), the disappearance of explorer Sir John Franklin while searching for the Northwest Passage in 1845 and the similar disappearance of Mt. Everest climber George Mallory in 1924, the very well known mystery of the Russian Romanov Princess Anastasia, the lost flight of the Star Dust aircraft in 1974, and finally the lost Israeli submarine INS Dakar in 1968. For each of these cases Hughes first shares the history behind the mystery, then explores the possible solutions to each mystery as far as investigation has taken us, and follows that with carefully explaining each of the scientific methods used to unravel the mystery: it is a superb combination of history, myth, speculations based on previous data, and lessons on current technology that may be the first scientific study that the young readers encounter. Each case is laid out in the same manner, due to not only Hughes' writing, but also in large part due to the excellent recreations of old ideas and contemporary technology as drawn and designed by Wandelmaier. The book is handsomely designed and produced, combining photographs of contemporary investigators (a very wise move on the part of Hughes and Wandelmaier in making the studies credible to children) with photographs of mummies and artifacts that add to the exploration of these immensely interesting cases. This is a splendid book for the home and the classroom - probably one of the finest gifts for the young ones in your life for Christmas! Grady Harp