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Extraordinary events and oddball occurrences
Blackwood, Gary L.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
79 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the details and possible explanations of mysterious events throughout human history, including strange things falling out of the sky, the teleportation of objects, and unexplained appearances and disappearances.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.9 2.0 2776.
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BF1031 .B575 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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UFOs. Spooky spectres. Psychic detectives. Are these and other events, occurrences, and people like them real or imagined? In Secrets of the Unexplained, author Gary Blackwood invites us to make up our own minds. This exciting and thorough series brings the world of the paranormal to the fingertips of young readers.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. The Secrets of the Unexplained series offers kids front-row seats at some fascinating phenomena. In Extraordinary Events, Blackwood introduces well-documented but inexplicable happenings, especially reports of things falling out of the sky--frogs, fish, rocks, and even pieces of candy. He cites a number of these incidents throughout history, and though he offers some scientific theories about the phenomena, he admits no one has ever come up with a real explanation. In this volume, Blackwood also covers teleportation, unexplained appearances and disappearances, and the appearance of animals previously thought to be extinct. In Long-ago Lives, he looks at reincarnation. This is well-trod ground, and the book doesn't add much new to the anecdotal history, though Blackwood does provide tips on keeping a reincarnation journal. Both books are engaging and very clearly written, with plenty of crisp, relevant color photos. A bibliography of books and Web sites extends the information considerably. --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Part 1 Out of the Blue
Falling Fish and Frogsp. 12
Snakes, Stones, and Sweetsp. 18
Sky Soundsp. 23
Part 2 Comings and Goings
Drop-Ins and Dropoutsp. 30
Unexplained Appearancesp. 34
Unexplained Disappearancesp. 40
Part 3 Animal Anomalies
Ancient Amphibiansp. 48
Not Exactly Extinctp. 52
Out-of-Place Animalsp. 54
Cryptic Creaturesp. 58
Glossaryp. 71
To Learn More about Fortean Phenomenap. 74
Indexp. 76