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. Volume XIII Number 1 . . . . September 1, 2006
Each of the five chapters starts with an “In Their Own Words” section. Short quotations pique interest: “I didn’t exactly hear voices, but something kept pulling me there. Something wanted it to be me that went there and found her” (Sue Hendrickson, explaining the eerie circumstances that led to her outstanding fossil find).
“Overlooked Treasure” will inspire readers to take a closer look at castoffs. In 1885, a 14-year-old stamp collector found a one-of-a-kind discoloured stamp that later sold in 1996 at auction for $2.3 million. The oldest pair of Levi blue jeans was found in 1998 in a box of old clothing in an abandoned shack. An original Rodin painting was purchased at a thrift store for $1.99.
There are still many discoveries just waiting to be found. Scientific “Treasure Tips” are scattered throughout the text and provide would-be seekers with help in their search: “Gravity affects objects in water just as it does objects on land. Shipwrecks and treasure tend to drift down slopes and toward the lowest points of the ocean floor”; “Often fossils are found deep below the surface, in areas of sedimentary rock where the ground has been layered in deposits from ancient seas or oceans.”
An epilogue contains information on how to start on a treasure hunt and includes a Code of Ethics to follow. A list of terms such as “motherlode”, “pieces of eight” and “cache” are defined. Several black and white photographs show prized finds such as an Assyrian panel, T. Rex skeleton, and Etruscan urn. An index and bibliography for further reading complement the book.
Written in an engaging manner with plenty of excitement and suspense, Lost Treasures will grab the attention of reluctant readers.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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