An in-depth study of near-death experiences, examining legends, popular reports, and scientific evidence that supports or refutes the mysterious phenomena.
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
Readers can explore some of the world’s most captivating mysteries in this series. What really goes on at Area 51? What purpose does the Great Sphinx serve? Is Atlantis real? Karst serves up fascinating evidence to support numerous theories on each subject but readers will learn about much more than modern myths and mysteries. Area 51 gives a detailed, but still very readable, history of the experimental aircraft designed by the military as well as the impact of nuclear testing and Cold War culture on the mythos surrounding the military base. Reading Great Sphinx will give kids insight into ancient Egyptian architecture and the history of Egyptology. The books are presented with high-interest photos of modern aircraft, archeological digs, and historical images combined with creepy graphics and photos of famous “evidence.” Back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, recommended websites, and an index. Recommended for both research and personal interest reading.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2021
Readers with an interest in unsolved mysteries and legends will find a good source in the Odysseys in Mysteries series. Alien Abductions describes what many abduction and alien reports have in common, some of the theories that aim to explain such events, as well as descriptions of recorded encounters. Bermuda Triangle explores the history of lost ships and planes in the triangle, examines the lore that surrounds this part of the ocean, and provides accounts and possible explanations for the mysterious occurrences. Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) provides information and statistics about the similarities found in re- ported NDEs, the challenges of researching this phenomenon, NDE accounts throughout history, and proposed reasons for these experiences. Sea Monsters looks at creatures in ancient myths, literature, and in beliefs from different cultures; the actual marine animals that might have inspired these monsters; and accounts of sightings and research attempts. Digital illustrations and color photographs accompany the text, which flows smoothly and is well organized in five sections. As with all Odysseys series, the spacious formatting and narrow trim size makes the volumes feel more mature without resorting to densely packed contents. A bibliography, index, and endnotes with glossary are included. An enticing choice for tweens and in beliefs from different cultures; the actual marine animals that might have inspired these monsters; and accounts of sightings and research attempts. Digital illustrations and color photographs accompany the text, which flows smoothly and is well organized in five sections. As with all Odysseys series, the spacious formatting and narrow trim size makes the volumes feel more mature without resorting to densely packed contents. A bibliography, index, and endnotes with glossary are included. An enticing choice for tweens and teens who are curious about unexplained mysteries.
–Selenia Paz , Booklist, 09/01/2021
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, 11/01/2021