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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1190L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166492
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—Students with an interest in the weird and unusual will find this book fascinating. It begins with an introduction to human senses and continues with chapters devoted to phenomena such as the "sixth sense," synethesia, and intuition. One of the most interesting sections discusses animals that use their senses in unusual ways, such as dogs that are trained to detect cancer by scent. The author liberally incorporates well-documented quotes from experts. Scientific explanations for many of the phenomena are evenly balanced with personal anecdotes from individuals with unusual experiences. The black-and-white illustrations and photographs are plentiful enough to make the text accessible to reluctant readers. Accurate, entertaining nonfiction.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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From Booklist

From the author of ER Vets (2005), this volume focuses on phenomena that may be difficult to explain. It raises a broad range of topics, such as the history and study of paranormal experiences, the “super senses” of animals, the basis of intuition, the interpretation of coincidental events, the meaning of dreams, and the strange perceptions resulting from sensory areas in the brain that have unusual connections. Illustrated mainly with photos, the discussions are non-technical and quite readable, though often they provide brief overviews of subjects without reaching conclusions. For example, some readers will enjoy learning about a familiar phenomenon in the sidebar called “Musical Earworms,” while others will be disappointed not to know “why songs get stuck in our heads.” Jackson’s research is evident from the extensive source bibliography, which is arranged by chapter. Other appendixes include a lengthy glossary and lists of recommended books and Internet sites. The eye-zapping cover may draw browsers to this intriguing book. Grades 6-9. --Carolyn Phelan

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There are some very unusual things that go on in the world, some are easily explained away by simple scientific explanation while others defy and stun our imaginations. We have twenty-one senses and together they "help us consciously create and experience the world," but what if something happened to one of them that altered your perception? Take for example someone who has Capras syndrome. People who have this syndrome think that others are "imposters." For example, you might think your own mother is someone impersonating herself.

Annette Martin, a psychic detective actually helps law enforcement officials solve crimes. On the other hand, psychologist Thomas Gilovich challenges the purported success of psychics citing the fact that "appearances are deceptive sometimes." The "2005 Gallup poll found that nearly three out of four Americans believe in at least one aspect of the paranormal," with ESP being the front runner. In this book you will read about some phenomenal people, animals and experiences. You'll learn about Nostradamus, learn how scientists expose frauds, you'll meet Lily the ghost, learn about animal super senses, how animals can detect earthquakes and tsunamis, how animals can "read nature's warning signs," meet a cancer sniffing dog, read about amazing true precognitive dreams, meet a blind artist and more. Lot's more!

If you enjoy Oliver Sacks' books, you'll want to snatch this book up either for yourself or the young adult in your family. This is a fun and phenomenal read and when I hit the story about the woman who taught herself to see using her sense of sound I was mesmerized. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of color in the book. All the photographs were a grainy black and white. Get ready to drift into the twilight zone for a few believe it or not hours of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soph on November 19, 2012
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I loved how it explained in detail everything. You should get this book! There are so many different things they tell you about.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was most interested in the sense of danger. Animals that feel the earth shaking before an earthquake may go to higher ground to avoid the danger of being in a low spot when high places are crumbling. The earth has a magnetic field. Catfish are very sensitive to electronic signals that allow them to feel their prey in murky depths. A catfish will squirm when it is disturbed by an electric current like poor people trapped at 7th Street and St. Peter after the poor people's march in Saint Paul, Minnesota in September 2008, when riot police disbursed them with tear gas and flash bang grenades.
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