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Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People (Hardback)
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Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 16/05/2017
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Where did Virginia Dare and the rest of the colonists of Roanoke go? Did Anastasia Romanov escape being murdered by revolutionaries? Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People, for readers ages 9 to 12, features five true tales that examine moments in history when someone vanished without a trace. These mysterious disappearances are discussed against the backdrop of historical circumstances, whether it be the upheaval of the Russian Revolution or the blazing of a new trail high in the skies. This is the fourth book in the new Mystery & Mayhem series, which features true tales that whet kids' appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records-mystery and adventure. History is made of near misses, unexplained disappearances, unsolved mysteries, and bizarre events that are almost too weird to be true-almost! Delving into these tidbits of history offers a jumping off point into a lifelong habit of appreciating history. Each of the five true tales told within Weird Disappearances is paired with a map, as well as fun facts about the setting and time period. These nonfiction narratives use clear, concise language with compelling plots that both avid and reluctant readers will be drawn to. Nomad Press books in the Mystery & Mayhem series introduce readers to historical concepts and events by engaging them in an extremely popular genre-real-life adventure and mystery. Readers ages 9 to 12 are fascinated with the strange-but-true tales that populate history, and books in this series offer compelling narrative nonfiction paired with concise language that appeals to both voracious and reluctant readers. Nomad's unique approach to the study of history uses tantalizing tales based in factual knowledge that encourage a lifelong curiosity in the historical events that shape our world.

Publisher: Nomad Press
ISBN: 9781619305267
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 229 x 147 mm


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The true stories themselves are thrilling enough to keep older readers engaged, and will likely spur further exploration.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Literature

Rating: Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.

The five chapters in this Mystery & Mayhem volume relate the stories of the lost colony of Roanoke, Amelia Earhart, Anastasia Romanov, Percy Fawcett, and Solomon Northup. Readers will probably be familiar with the first three but less so Fawcett and his two companions disappeared while exploring the Amazon in 1925. Solomon Northup was living in New York state as free man in the 1800s. In 1841 he was tricked and sold as a slave. His chapter tells of his life, how he escaped and toured Canada, talking about his life as a slave until he disappeared in 1857 after one of his speeches. Each chapter begins with a map and a brief timeline and concludes with a page telling what else was happening during that time. A few black and white illustrations, a glossary, and a short list of websites are included.

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