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

by Elizabeth Macleod

Annick Press | March 5, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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How did King Tut really die?

The mystery of the young pharaoh''s death is only one of the puzzles that modern science has helped solve. Thanks to forensics -- the scientific way of examining physical evidence -- we now know what killed Napoleon and whether Anastasia survived the massacre of the Russian royal family.

Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious, and hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each event seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson.

Kids will be fascinated to find out how scientists used autopsy results (and the waist measurement of his pants!) to prove that Napoleon died not of arsenic poisoning as suspected, but of stomach cancer; and how DNA testing revealed that King Tut died of malaria.

Other stories include:

  • Who was the Man in the Iron Mask?
  • What was the fate of Marie-Antoinette''s son?
  • Who killed an entire Maya royal family?
  • Who knows what really happened to Thailand''s young King Rama?

At times a gripping "whodunit," at others a guide to deductive reasoning, this book will be hard to put down for any kids who love mysteries, murder, and suspense.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 156 pages, 9 × 6.75 × 0.44 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Annick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554514827

ISBN - 13: 9781554514823

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

by Elizabeth Macleod

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 156 pages, 9 × 6.75 × 0.44 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Annick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554514827

ISBN - 13: 9781554514823

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How did King Tut really die?

The mystery of the young pharaoh''s death is only one of the puzzles that modern science has helped solve. Thanks to forensics -- the scientific way of examining physical evidence -- we now know what killed Napoleon and whether Anastasia survived the massacre of the Russian royal family.

Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious, and hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each event seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson.

Kids will be fascinated to find out how scientists used autopsy results (and the waist measurement of his pants!) to prove that Napoleon died not of arsenic poisoning as suspected, but of stomach cancer; and how DNA testing revealed that King Tut died of malaria.

Other stories include:

  • Who was the Man in the Iron Mask?
  • What was the fate of Marie-Antoinette''s son?
  • Who killed an entire Maya royal family?
  • Who knows what really happened to Thailand''s young King Rama?

At times a gripping "whodunit," at others a guide to deductive reasoning, this book will be hard to put down for any kids who love mysteries, murder, and suspense.

About the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod is a prolific author of non-fiction books for children, including biographies, craft books, and the Ontario Library Association''s Red Maple Award-winning Royal Murder. She lives in Toronto.

Elizabeth MacLeod

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(starred review) When I was six years old, I read a book that set me on a scientific path toward a career in biological anthropology and university research. Bones Never Lie may be that kind of influential book for some of today''s pre-teens... Readers are
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