Odysseys in Mysteries: Great Sphinx
Odysseys in Mysteries: Great Sphinx
Odysseys in Mysteries: Great Sphinx
Odysseys in Mysteries: Great Sphinx

Odysseys in Mysteries: Great Sphinx

Ken Karst (Author)

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An in-depth study of the Great Sphinx, examining legends, popular reports, and scientific evidence that supports or refutes tales of its mysterious history.

Part of the Odysseys in Mysteries series

Ages 13 - 18

Nonfiction, 80 pages, 2021

ISBN 978-1-64026-363-5

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"Readers interested in an academic review of mysterious phenomena will be well served by this series. Each book begins with an attention-grabbing introduction—a young child’s past-life memories or Christopher Columbus’s Bermuda Triangle experience. But the tone quickly turns to a reasoned examination of the history, science, and beliefs surrounding each mystery. Readers will learn about famous tales such as H.G. Wells’s “The War of the Worlds” broadcast and Plato’s recounting of Er’s near-death experience. Colored text boxes and large photos and illustrations break up the pages. The books conclude with a bibliography, glossary, index, and list of websites. VERDICT Valuable research material for unusual topics." School Library Journal, November 2021
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That Egypt’s iconic monument, lying in wait before the pyramids at Giza, still inspires more questions than answers makes it a perfect subject for the new Odysseys in Mysteries series (5 titles). The polished design and serious approach to the topic confer a mature feel on the book, but let’s not mistake serious for dry. Very readable text incorporates an intriguing mix of history, mythology, Egyptology, pop culture, and, more seriously, politics and the impact of terrorism on Egypt’s tourism economy into this glimpse into the Great Sphinx’s construction, possible purpose, and many unearthings. Full-page photographs of the Great Sphinx and other Egyptian wonders dazzle, while generous margins, large quote boxes, and informational asides keep the main text at a quite manageable four chapters. A selected bibliography and website links conclude.

–Julia Smith, Booklist, 04/01/2021

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