Sunday, July 10, 2016

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

Here is a fun nonfiction that we used for one of our Mother/Son book clubs last year.  This is an account of how some famous people met their end.  It starts with Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, and moves forward through time to Columbus, Henry VIII, and others, ending with Albert Einstein.  In each chapter it recounts the gross details of the subject's physical afflictions, and how they were treated with the medical techniques of the time.  The author has a fun time pointing out disgusting facts, and being lightheartedly irreverent. Amidst all the eew's, there is quite a bit of good scientific and historical information. It is an entertaining book that will likely appeal to even reluctant reader  middle grade and junior high age boys.  (192 p)

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