I love a good mystery, especially when they’re real. This new title from National Geographic KIDS reveals many of the mysteries that still stump scientists and archaeologists. There were many I had not heard of before. You’ll find the mysteries in one of the seven chapter categories:

  1. Vanished Civilizations
  2. Unexplained Deaths and Disappearances
  3. Creatures of Myth and Legend
  4. Freaky Phenomena
  5. Mystifying Monuments
  6. Cryptic Codes and Lost Languages
  7. Treasure Troves

Each mystery starts off with Background and Details. Next come The Clues followed by The Theories as to what happened. You can agree or disagree with the experts or come up with your own explanation. No matter what, the mysteries get your brain cells moving. Each chapter ends with one mystery that has recent “New Evidence Revealed,” bringing you up to date with the research. Fascinating reading!

Wrapping up the book is a bonus chapter all about sounds that stump scientists. Lastly is an interview with an Archaeologist that will peak any young person’s interest in a mystery solving type career.

Great for ages 8 and up. Your first challenge will be to get the book out of a grown-up’s hands. Thank you NG KIDS for another fantastic title.


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  1. This is a perfect book for all ages!

  2. This one looks great! I just love the Nat Geo kids books, but this one sounds really special. Thanks for telling me about it.

  3. Zoie says:

    I love these National Geographic books — I always feel like I learn so much about the world from them 😊

  4. Denise V. says:

    A must have. Thanks for the info on this great sounding title.

  5. This book sounds fascinating! I am definitely going to check it out! Thanks.

  6. Sue Kooky says:

    Hehehehe I love the rhyming title. I also love history mysteries!!! This sounds amazing, thanks for the recommendation!

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