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Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth

192p. illus. index. photos. National Geographic. Oct. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781426331831.
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Gr 4–6—This smoothly written jaunt through the world's strange, mysterious, and intriguing facts mainly uses shock factor to grab readers' attention. The book zooms through many areas: biology, animal life, mathematics, archeology, astronomy, plant life, inventions, nature, and history. Some topics, such as rainbows, King Tut's tomb, and Amelia Earhart, are well known and easily researched. Other entries, such as the poisonous ackee fruit, how outer space smells, and the dance of the peacock spider, are more obscure, and librarians helping readers find more information on them will face more of a challenge. The fascinating subjects will pique children's interest, especially reluctant readers.
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