From School Library Journal
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 EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved