When this title arrived at my door for review, I think my mouth dropped open. Never before have I come across a book completely filled with death...on purpose...for KIDS! But really Deborah Noyes has done a great job of compiling a huge amount of information on all things death related for the middle grade/young adult reader, in a sophisticated and tasteful manner
Encyclopedia of The End: Mysterious Death In Fact, Fancy, Folklore, and More is a comprehensive guide to death. Each chapter is a different letter, from A-Z and is filled to the brim with all sorts of information you never thought you would read about. Descriptions of death related things such as autopsies, body snatching, pet cemeteries, and exhumation are included, as are decomposition, mummies, hospice, spirit photography, and caskets.
Kids are really going to love this, don't you agree? Though the amount of photographs is quite sparse, that may be a good thing considering the subject matter being dealt with. The descriptions are informative, yet interesting, and displayed in a very concise manner, as to not appear to be heavy or boring.
A great guide for a report, I would definitely recommend this for the older kids, though the material is simply informational, not scary or gory in any nature. Completely appropriate for libraries and school libraries.
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Encyclopedia of the End