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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Schliemann wished to make a name for himself in archaeology, and he succeeded to a point. He exaggerated the truth, avoided proper procedures for the digs he financed, and his discovery of the ancient city of Troy was fraught with errors and misconceptions. Schlitz paints a colorful picture of a selfish man who used his shrewdness and earned wealth to create a mythological and romantic legend. This intriguing, well-documented biography is made more compelling by information boxes on history and such literary figures as Homer. Byrds ink-and-watercolor illustrations, both diminutive and full page, add to this captivating story.–Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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Gr. 4-6. In this slim biography, Schlitz introduces Heinrich Schliemann, a nineteenth-century "storyteller, archaeologist, and crook," who led a search for the lost cities of Homer's epic poems. In a colorful narrative, Schlitz follows her subject from his unhappy German childhood and successes as an international merchant to his middle-aged passion for archaeology and antiquities, which "was not unusual for a man of his time." The author is frank about Schliemann's unreliability, noting that he lied in his diary and that "it's hard to know what really happened and what he made up." The appended source notes only reference direct quotes, but Schlitz separates fact from Schliemann's lies in many instances, and the difference between the two may spark interesting class discussions about how history is made and slanted over time. Aspiring archaeologists will also be drawn by discussion of field techniques in the days before radiocarbon dating. Byrd's detailed drawings extend the dramatic story. Gillian Engberg
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sally Derby on February 14, 2007
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This is first and foremost a good story, well told, with a style lively and lucid enough to engage all readers, not just kids. It is well-researched, well-documented and just plain captivating. Both text and illustrations (Robert Byrd)have a gentle humor that almost make the reader unaware of how much information is being presented. By portraying Schlieman honestly but with sympathy, Amy Schlitz very likely will inspire young readers to believe they too can follow their dreams wherever they lead. (My first review for Amazon, and I don't know either author or illustrator. I just admire the book.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LZ on October 11, 2006
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Schliemann, Laura Schlitz notes wryly, had "lie" in the middle of his name. With wit and feeling, she brings to life his entertaining true adventures--and his entertaining lies. He is real, and very human: Brilliant. Arrogant. Maddening. Improbable. And very, very lucky. We get to see his triumphs and his flaws, to root for him and be appalled by him, to enjoy his life and be saddened by his death.

This is for children with an interest in archaeology, history, Greek mythology--or just a great story. It is so well told that it may spark new interests: It tells a bit about Homer, the Illiad, and the Odyssey; it contains an easy, amusing explanation of "stratification"--the layers that archaeologists must dig through, and the history contained in each; and there are notes on the bibliography to guide readers who want to know more.

Robert Byrd's fanciful illustrations capture the grandeur and humor perfectly.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Stienstra on September 5, 2007
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" The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake."
Alan Greenspan- Dishonesty
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The "... hot headed, touchy, and dreamy..."[pg. 61] egomaniac, "Storyteller, archaeologist, and crook -- Heinrich Schliemann left his mark upon the world."[72] thanks to his vivid "... imagination changed archaeology forever."[pg.72] through misrepresentation of facts which paid off handsomely. "I have had more luck than foresight in my life," he admitted. It could also be said that he made his own luck."[72.] "... his enemies simply could not stand him. They were disgusted by his romaticism, his boasting, his hysterical excitement... a shrill and vulgar little man."[pg. 56.]

He was offensive:

-- with regard to the meeting of his second wife "The Engastromenos family was excited by the prospect of having a millionaire in the family..." [pg. 38]. "When Heinrich spoke to her alone he asked her point-blank, 'Why do you wish to marry me?' Sophia replied, 'Because my parents have told me that you are a rich man!'"[pg. 38]. Infuriated, he pondered that "truth hurts."
In the marriage, the much younger Sophia was wise in thought "...Henry was a genius and that geniuses were not quite like other people."

-- Instead of carefully sifting through the mound, layer by layer, he decided to dig out vast trenches -- rather as if he were removing slices from a cake... And so he dug, violently and impatiently. Frank Calvert advised him to proceed with care, to sift through what he was throwing away, but Heinrich was not a cautious man. He wacked away at the mound as if it were a pinata.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2006
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THE HERO SCHLIEMANN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY provides grades 5-7 with an excellent survey of an archaeologist whose life was packed with amazing finds and exotic travel as he searched for the lost city of Troy. This biography displays the realities of his life, going beyond his image to tell of a somewhat different personality and kind of hero than many books portray.
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More About the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the 2008 Newbery Medal-winning GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, illustrated by Robert Byrd, and the 2013 Newbery Honor book SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS. She is also the author of A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA; THE NIGHT FAIRY; THE HERO SCHLIEMAN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY; and THE BEARSKINNER: A STORY OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, a retelling illustrated by Max Grafe. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a lower school librarian at the Park School.

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