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Abandoned Hospitals

. 9781482458992. ea vol: 32p. (World's Scariest Places). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Gareth Stevens. Jan. 2017. lib. ed. $26.60.
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Gr 4–7—A sobering look at the locations of and the events behind well-known frightening tales. Readers will learn of cruel world leaders as well as everyday people who took deathly matters into their own hands: a nurse who murdered more than 30 patients during her time at Taunton State (MA) Hospital, Benito Mussolini's favorite boutique hotel in Florence, Italy, etc. Though many of the featured occurrences are gruesome, the majority of the stories are told with compassion. Layouts are busy but not overwhelming, and the images featured, a mix of contemporary and archival photos, adeptly match the tone.
VERDICT The emphasis on history elevates the series; consider for thoughtful readers.

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