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Mysterious Bones

The Story of Kennewick Man

Katherine Kirkpatrick, Emma Stevenson (Illustrator)


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When two young men who were sneaking into a boat race accidentally uncovered a skeleton along a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996, they had no idea of the impact their discovery would have. The bones were those of one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever recovered in the U.S. and led to one of the most important archaeological controversies of modern times. Kennewick Man transformed long-held theories about the colonization of the Americas and sparked a nine-year battle pitting scientists against Native American tribes for control of the remains. Time line, glossary, chapter notes, bibliography.

Holiday House, 9780823421879, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

About the Author

Katherine Kirkpatrick is the author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, all reflecting her fascination with history. These include The Snow Baby and Redcoats and Petticoats. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Emma Stevenson is a graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall, England. Her debut illustrations for Eggs, by Marilyn Singer, were called "striking and nicely detailed" by Booklist. The Horn Book wrote, "Stevenson's beautiful field guide-like illustrations capture every nuance and detail." Emma Stevenson lives in Birmingham, England, but enjoys painting pictures of familiar as well as exotic habitats.