Haunted Histories

Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces

J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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Guided by tween “ghostorian” Virgil, readers will discover fascinating facts about calamitous events throughout history as they explore castles, palaces and dungeons and those infamous figures associated with each.  For instance, did you know that many castles were made out of wood painted to look like stone? Or that wealthy prisoners in the Tower of London could keep servants? The book is chock-full of details that kids will find intriguing--dungeon life for prisoners, methods of turture, and even the most popular methods of poisoning enemies. So join Virgil and the other ghostly inhabitants for an historical adventure on the dark side.

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1: Castles
 

REAL LIFE IN CREEPY CASTLES: WERE THEY PINK OR DID THEY STINK?
Some kids think that castles in the old days were pink and filled with princesses and ponies. Guess what? Life back then was no fairy tale. I know ghosts who can prove it. They haunt the most terrifying castles in the world: Himeji (HE-may-gee) Castle in Japan, Krak des Chevaliers (CROCK DAY she-VAHL-yay) in Syria, and the Tower of London in England. I know why people built castles. I also know how castles helped to make the world we live in today. Let’s fly! But stick close—ghosts lurk around

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 “Disney might have some believing that castles are clean, pink and full of unicorn tapestries. But Virgil Dante, youngest Master Ghostorian in London, is here to disabuse readers of that notion…”--Kirkus


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Children's Review: Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces by J.H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters. Holt/Ottaviano, $14.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8971-4
What’s more fun than learning history through ghost stories? “Ghostorian” Virgil Dante (depicted in pen-and-ink illustrations as a young, brooding, Poe-like figure) introduces readers to locations tha
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J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters

J.H. Everett holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Irvine. He enjoys writing and drawing about all of the creepy places he visits. He lives with his family in southern California. jheverett.com

Marilyn Scott-Waters likes collecting old books, sketching in art museums and making things out of paper. She lives in southern California with her family. thetoymaker.com.

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Haunted Histories
Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces
J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters

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e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429955317
ISBN10: 1429955317
Chapter Book Nonfiction128 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$4.98

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Paper Over Board
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2012
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9780805089714
ISBN10: 0805089713
Chapter Book Nonfiction
5 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 160 pages, b&w illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$14.99
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