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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars
By (author): Maria Birmingham Illustrated by: Josh Holinaty
9781771470452 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Exploration & Discovery Oct 15, 2015
$17.95 CAD
Active 7.25 x 9.5 x 0.44 in 48 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
One of Foreword Reviews's Best YA Titles of Winter 2016 2016, Long-listed Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Awards 2016, Long-listed Nominated for the 2017 Red Maple Nonfiction Award 2017, Short-listed
Is it possible to live forever? People have been trying to figure out a way to escape mortality since, well, forever. This book takes readers on a fast-paced tour of several wacky and wise methods humans have used to try prolonging their lives, from ancient immortality elixirs and quests for a fountain of youth to modern-day research into cryogenics and robotics.

Touching on folklore from around the world, famed literary immortals and studies of animals that seem unaffected by aging, the book delves into topics as diverse as genetics, religious rituals surrounding the afterlife and research into basic lifestyle choices, like eating blueberries or getting a pet, that could help you live longer. Each page is a playful mix of fascinating facts that open up cross-curricular topics in history, science and social studies to explore.

Illustrations of historical figures, imaginary places and scientific specimens add a touch of whimsy and bring out the beauty, sincerity, and playful side of human curiosity.

Informational text features: table of contents, introduction, chapters, sidebars, fact boxes, headers and labels, map, index and sources

Maria Birmingham is a longstanding contributor to OWL and chickaDEE magazines, writing numerous features and recurring sections for both. She also served as the managing editor of OWL. She has written two previous books with Owlkids: WeirdZone: Sports and Tastes Like Music. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

"Birmingham offers a wide-ranging look at the myths...scientific efforts...and religious traditions surrounding the extension of life." — Publishers Weekly

"A tasty distillation of history, religion, chemistry, biology, technology, and pop culture." — Kirkus

"This fun, enjoyable read manages to inform and entertain—a combination perhaps as rare as the fountain of youth—and will be a welcome addition to both school and public libraries." — Booklist

"Birmingham takes readers on a lively tour of the many ways people have sought to cheat death throughout history...a visually striking, thought-provoking look at a topic that will encourage further investigation." — School Library Journal

"Whimsical...quirky...humorous and engaging. A must-read for anyone interested in science, magic, and everything in between." — Foreword Reviews

"Humorous but informative...with fun facts and thought-provoking info...that is sure to pique the interest of even the least morbid kids." — Quill & Quire

"A Beginner's Guide to Immortality has it all. Highly recommended." — Canadian Review of Materials

"A cornucopia of wise and wacky ways people have tried to achieve immortality, Birmingham's witty book will appeal to even the most reluctant readers...this handy reference tool offers an endless bounty of possible cross-curricular discussion ideas and topics for teachers, including science, social studies, and history." — The National Reading Campaign

"A highly recommended title that will fascinate readers from 9 to 90." — Resource Links

"Light-hearted and, often, tongue-in-cheek...breezy enough in its style to be an enjoyable casual read, this beginner's guide also asks interesting questions. Recommended." — School Library Connection

"A great introduction to a subject not often covered in children's nonfiction...seamlessly blends history, mythology, science and technology." - Canadian Children's Book News

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