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
Some of history’s most mysterious phenomena involve tales so incredible that they blur the lines between fact and fiction. Odysseys in Mysteries invites advanced and curious readers along on a journey to explore legendary sites and creatures like never before. Encounters, rumors, and hoaxes are laid out along with scientific facts, official investigations, and real events, allowing for fascinating examination of the creature or location in question. These titles feature a sophisticated design peppered with eye-catching photographs and illustrations, sidebars, and colored callouts, encouraging readers to decide for themselves: could this mystery be solvable? The truth is out there—for someone to find!
Ages 13 - 18
Nonfiction, 80 pages, 2021
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