Deep within the ancient vaults of Edinburgh Castle, evidence of the chilling tales of battles, plague, and terrible torture remainalong with the restless spirits of those who lost their lives beneath one of the oldest castles in Europe. Stories of headless boys haunting the battlements and witchcraft will draw readers in from the first page. Enhanced by spooky photographs of Edinburgh Castle and ghost stories galore, the main content also introduces readers to the fascinating past of the castle as well as many famous figures in Scottish royal history. Eerie sidebars add even more gruesome detail that readers will be eager to share around a campfire or late at nightif they dare!
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Gr 3-5-The drab color scheme, no-nonsense font, and concrete block textural design of "History's Most Haunted" gives an ominous first impression This set presents many diverse historical facts about some of the Western world's most notorious locations, from the White House to the Tower of London. Text boxes deliver additional tidbits, such as why the number 13 is considered unlucky and what field hospital conditions were like during the Civil War. The glossaries include words such as "execute," "suicide," "behead," and "tortured." Though readers might have a hard time separating speculation from information (e.g., Gettysburg says, "So many people died there during the Civil War, it's no wonder some of their spirits stayed behind"), there are no shelf-sitters in the bunch.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.From Booklist:
Anyone who has stood in the shadow of Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle knows of its ominous aura, but this entry in the History’s Most Haunted series posits that there’s a reason for that: ghosts. The evidence is generally thin, often little more than an exclamation such as, There might be ghosts of plague sufferers! However, these stories make great entry points into historical fact, ranging from the earliest Castle Rock settlers of 900 BC; the back-and-forth sieges of the English and Scots; the short-lived man-made loch around the castle; and various hidden tunnels, windows, and pits. The castle is certainly camera-ready, and the many good shots are bolstered by period paintings and sketches. No, the headless drummer probably doesn’t exist, but this is, nevertheless, fascinating. Grades 3-5. --Daniel Kraus
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Book Description Gareth Stevens Pub Learning library, 2013. LIB. Book Condition: Brand New. 32 pages. 10.25x8.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1433992531