How They Croaked

I'm not psychic and I don't play one on television, however, my prediction for the most popular prize in this year's "Summer Reading Club" is the book "How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous" by Georgia Bragg. It is a delightfully irreverent and sometimes gross look at what caused the deaths of famous men and women. I think that kids of all ages will be intrigued by it.

The titles of the individual chapters are a bit snarky i.e. the one about Marie Curie is entitled: "You Glow, Girl!" The illustrations are comical. The author conveys history in a way that will capture and hold a teen's interest. Interspersed between the chapters are quotes and informational tidbits.The author reveals how Egyptians mummified a cadaver. She also gives way too much information for comfort on leeching and bleeding.
If you wondered how Napoleon, Charles, Dickens, or Albert Einstein died, this book will answer your questions. It is informative but not for the faint of heart or for those with weak stomachs. In fact, there is a word of warning at the beginning: "If you do not have the guts for gore, do not read this book. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if "How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous" wins awards or becomes a classic. At the very least, it will be a terrific prize for the summer reading club this year.
The book may be found in the teen area at your local branch. You may request it by clicking on this link here. If you're a teen, pick it as a your prize when you finish the summer reading club.
--Ron A., Weber Road Branch



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