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Ghost Mysteries: Unraveling the World's Most Mysterious Hauntings Paperback – August 4, 2009
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About the Author
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld’s books include Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?, Terrible Tyrannosaurs, and Dinosaur Babies, which School Library Journal said “will be welcomed with deserved delight by young dinophiles.” She has also written Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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Top customer reviews
Would I let my kids read it? Yes. Though I am talking about my 10 year old and possibly my 8 year old as they have grown decent analytical minds that would let them read this book for what it is and not just be scared by the ghostly stuff.
Personally, I found it talked down to me a little too much, generalised a little too much and glazed over things a bit. But, as I'm not the target age or audience, these faults are mine and not the books. But I did rate it based on these facts.
Did I like this book otherwise? Actually I found it quite good the way it broke down some of the more modern ghostly goings on and those who dabbled in them. Yes some may think it was rather unmerciful in the level of scorn and ridicule used when citing how some out there used trickery to haunt and take money from the bereaved. But I actually thought it a good level to teach to kids to give them a more open level of facts about the situations. It was a 'tell it how it really is' type book and in some ways I think it would help calm children down when they hear of 'spooky tales' as it gives them the insight to add a good pinch of salt to them.
No, I'm not a sceptic; but I do share the opinion of the author, as she states at the end of the book, as much as I would like to believe in ghosts and areas of the supernatural, I'm yet to be fully convinced. This isn't a book that banishes belief and states fact for fact it's all not real. This is a book that gives evidence that some people have used tricks to get the ghostly results they got. Belief is important to me and I don't feel this book crushes my kid's belief in ghosts and the supernatural. Just helps them see both sides to it. ;-)