2017 READING CHALLENGE
This year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to […]
James Cross Giblin
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At the age of sixty, Peale has already made his mark as a portrait painter and scientist, as well as the founder of the first natural history museum in the United States. If he can put on display a skeleton of the mysterious creature, people will flock in even greater numbers to his Philadelphia museum. The skeleton may also help to prove a controversial new theory: that some animals that once roamed the Earth have become extinct.
As he searches for more bones, Peale must dig at several different sites. He is confronted by flooding, threats of cave-ins, and oppressive heat but persists in his quest. What he eventually finds confirms the existence of a previously unknown animal -- the mastodon It also provides solid evidence not only that some animals have become extinct, but also that the Earth is far older than anyone ever imagined.
Based on Charles Willson Peale's own diaries and journals, "The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones" is a gripping scientific thriller.
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council
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