Stories of lost treasures have been told since ancient times, passed along by storytelling or on maps and scribbled notes. This exciting book describes some of the dangerous journeysand sometimes remarkable findsmade by treasure hunters throughout history. Find out about lost pirate gold, treasure protected by an Egyptian pharaohs curse, a fortune in ancient Roman coins found by a farmers son with a metal detector, and more!
Could half-human, half-ape creatures really roam the Himalayan Mountains and the forests of North America? If tales of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch are just stories, why do so many people report seeing these monsters in remote areas around the world? What would it be like to come upon a footprint of the Abominable Snowman or catch sight of Mothman, and how can you tell if the creature lurking down the path is part human and part beast? In Half-Human Monsters and Other Fiends, young readers will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of encounters with half-human monsters. Kids will get all the facts they need to help them spot Bigfoot, Mothman, ghouls, and other supernatural creatures. Children will also investigate the truth behind the stories, exploring the fears and superstitions of different cultures and looking at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. If you love a nerve-racking story but also want to investigate the truth behind the myths, this is the book for you!
Morgues, funeral homes, and mortuaries are all places where the dead are kept before they reach their final resting place--the grave. Here, corpses are prepared for funerals or autopsied to find out the cause of death. According to some people, morgues are also places where ghosts reside long after the bodies of the dead have been removed from the building. What is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Monstrous Morgues of the Past and then decide for themselves. Among the 11 morgues in this book, readers will discover former funeral homes where the dead refuse to leave; a morgue in 19th-century Paris where over one million visitors came each year to view the dead; and a former disaster site in Chicago that is still haunted by a sobbing ghost called "The Gray Lady." The chilling nonfiction text describing the dark histories surrounding these morgues will keep thrill-seeking readers eagerly turning the pages for more.
Could life-forms from other parts of the universe really travel all the way to Earth? If alien sightings are just fictional stories, why have so many people provided such similar accounts of encounters with extraterrestrials and their spacecraft? What would it be like to witness an alien or UFO from another world, and how can you tell if the object speeding across the sky has been sent by an advanced civilization to studyor even invadeour planet? In Aliens and Other Visitors, children will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of alien encounters. Kids will get all the information they need to help them spot possible UFOs. Children will also investigate the truth behind alien stories, exploring the fears and superstitions of different cultures and looking at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. If you love a scary story that sounds like its straight out of science fiction but also want to investigate the truth behind these myths, this is the book for you!
Could a spirit of the dead really come back to haunt the living? If tales of ghosts are just fictional stories, why do so many people report seeing these supernatural beings? What would it be like to be the restless spirit of someone who has died, and how can you tell if ghosts inhabit the house you live in? In Ghosts and Other Spirits of the Dead, children will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of ghostly encounters. Kids will get all the information they need to help them spot or sense the spirits of the dead and to protect themselves from being haunted by ghosts. Children will also investigate the truth behind ghost stories by first exploring the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of the stories, and then looking at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. If you love a spine-chilling horror story but also want to investigate the truth behind these myths, this is the book for you!
Could a creature really defy death by existing on human blood? If vampire myths are just stories, why have people continued to report seeing vampires for centuries? From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, both history and popular fiction have been fascinated by these creatures of the night. In Vampires and Other Bloodsuckers, children will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of vampire encounters. Children will explore the truth behind vampire tales, and examine the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of vampire stories. Kids will also look at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. Could vampires and other bloodsuckers really exist? Check out this book and decide for yourself!
Could a human really change into a savage, bloodthirsty, wolflike creature? In Werewolves and Other Shape-Shifters, young readers will investigate this question and more as they read historical stories and modern-day accounts of werewolf encounters! Packed with spooky illustrations and historical photos, this title profiles some of the most famous werewolves throughout history and explores the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of werewolf stories. Kids will also look at the scientific facts that might explain the existence of werewolves. Could werewolves and other shape-shifters really exist? Check out this book and decide for yourself!
Some mysteries remain unsolved for hundreds of years, defying attempts by scientists and researchers to solve them. This astounding books documents examples of the great vanishing acts of history. Read about the woman who claimed to be Anastasia, the long-lost daughter of the murdered Russian Czar, pilot Amelia Earhart who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, the colony of Roanoke that vanished without a trace, and more!
For centuries the human brain was a mystery. Scientists only started to unravel its secrets over the past few decades, but there is still a great deal that we don't yet understand. This fascinating book describes experiences common to many people that our brains tell us are happening but which can't be proven by science. Read about deja vu, premonitions, near-death experiences, hypnotism, memories of past lives, and more!
From card tricks to reading minds, the art of magic lies in the magician's or illusionist's ability to deceive the audience. Read about the mysteries that lie behind some of the most spectacular magic tricks and illusions ever performed, including slight of hand, escapology, levitation, sword swallowing, and more!
Stories of mysterious creatures landing on Earth and living among us have been around for years. There are even people on record who have claimed to have been abducted by aliens! This volume searches for the truth, examining the stories and evidence of alien visitors.
The Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot, the Wildman of Chinathere have always been tales of sightings of ape-like creatures in mountainous, out-of-the-way places. This volume explores the possible connections between prehistoric man and these elusive creatures of the wild.
Strange objects have been reported in the skies for centuries bright objects, moving shapes, lights traveling in formation. In 1952 alone, there were 1,500 reports of UFO sightings! This book examines the evidence and questions whether these are real UFOs.
For centuries, sailors have told tales of sea monsters and serpents that have attacked their ships. Many stories tell of giant squids with their tentacles wrapped around the trapped vesselsbut what is the truth behind these tales? Are there such monstrous creatures that live in the deepest and darkest waters?
Why would the ghosts of two crewmen who died in a 1972 air crash in the Everglades appear to other aircrafts flying the same route? This book tells the stories of the people who believe they have met these ghosts of the airways!
Sara loves her grandmother's bakery. It's a special place-not only because of its delicious Japanese buns and pastries. She enjoys spending time with her obaachan, her grandmother. But things aren't going well for the bakery. When the bakery's lucky cat statue goes missing, Sara wonders if the bakery's luck is gone for good. But then a mysterious cat appears in the backyard one night and inspires a plan. With the help of her friend, Jake, Sara just might find the statue and restore the bakery's lost luck.
Zack Freedman has complete control and feels a sense of calm on the high wire. If only he could say the same about the rest of his life. His fellow youth circus performer and roommate, Cubby, hates him, and his aunt dumps a yappy, excitable dog on him. When a necklace is stolen during a circus performance and the victim of the theft threatens to shut down the circus, Zack is desperate to solve the mystery so he can keep his place on the wire.
Fourteen-year-old Maya sneaks out in her kayak before breakfast every day to check on a family of sea otters living in nearby Riley Bay. It's hard being an animal lover in a fishing family. The animals Maya loves threaten her family's livelihood, and Maya doesn't know if she can trust her family not to hurt them. She is determined to protect the sea otters, even if it means checking on them for the rest of her life. One morning, Maya discovers she's being watched. Who is it and what are they doing? Soon Maya has to trust someone as she gets caught in a dangerous race to save the sea otters--and her family's livelihood--from poachers.
Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, he claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed a scrawny kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured sketchbook is stolen, she asks Angus to find the thief. Shahid thinks Angus should confess that he's not a mentalist, but Angus is certain he can learn to read people and recover Ella's sketchbook. He asks Shahid to help him investigate the suspects: Gaga Girl; the art teacher, Mr. Wilder; and finally, "scrawny kid." Equipped with rearview sunglasses and an informant who lurks in the washroom, the duo bungles their way through a series of encounters that alarm Shahid and provide Angus with some unfamiliar exercise.
Something downright creepy is happening on campus. When Jake's girlfriend, along with several other students mysteriously disappears, he does some research.
As if being deaf weren't challenge enough, Lupe encounters rampant sexism while working on assignment with the police department. She's almost ready to throw in the towel! Then the cops need her talents as a lip-reader. She earns their respect by cracking a difficult case.