Youth Services

Ms. Kate reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction!

Today’s selection: “Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland” by Sally M. Walker (Call number: JUV 614 Walker)

I would suggest this book because it’s packed with interesting information about an archaeological dig site in James Fort in Jamestown, Virginia, examining bones and artifacts from the 1600s and 1700s. There is a lot of text, so this book is geared more towards middle schoolers through adults, but they also use a lot of photos and graphics to show and explain what you’re reading about. For example, there are lots of close up photographs of the skeletons they found and they get into detail about the various diseases the person probably hand and how you can tell this by looking at bones. If this sounds icky to you, I’d skip this one, but if you enjoy historical mysteries, you should give this book a try (they use the information they get from the graves and the historical records to figure out who is buried there). Great for a budding archaeologist or forensic scientist (or an adult who is fascinated by learning about the past).