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Think you’re not interested in archaeology? Think again, and then open this book for the sheer pleasure of Sarah Albee’s storytelling. Clever, funny, and totally engaging, you’ll be captivated by her vivid language as you discover these accidental discoveries. Albee makes you feel as if you’re there, unearthing each amazing find. Be prepared to be surprised -- I certainly was. As she says in her introduction: “…the real goal of this book is to show you that while the past doesn’t change, the stories we tell about the past do change.” She certainly achieved that. Excellent book. Big recommend.
As is the case with all Sarah Albee books, the author fills her research with interesting asides, anecdotes, and little-known details of her subjects. My 11 and 13 year old kids were enthralled with this book. They appreciate Albee's sense of humor and talent at talking to kids in a way that allows them to feel connected to the story, rather than as students being taught. Highly recommended!
I bought this for my favorite 10-year-old and wannabe-archaeologist but snuck in a quick read before giving it to him. The book has 17 chapters describing surprise discoveries by ordinary people, and each one describes the discovery, the relevance, the history, and the unanswered questions. Certain to inspire kids (and adults) to keep their eyes and ears open to uncover the next unexpected treasure.
So many great stories and unexamined mysteries in this book - can't wait to share it with my middle school history students. Albee is a riveting story teller, and Accidental Archaeologists will make even the most reluctant reader want to keep turning the pages (and perhaps even head outside to see what new curiosities they can dig up/attempt to understand).
Thank you for this great book. Sarah Albee has some special skills to choose subjects that nobody would think of those subjects and to write about them in her perspective. Great fun to read her all books.