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Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France
Contributor(s): Rockliff, Mara (Author), Bruno, Iacopo (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763663514     ISBN-13: 9780763663513
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
OUR PRICE: $15.29  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2015
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - History Of Science
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - Europe
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014939337
Age Level: 6-9
Grade Level: 1-4
Lexile Measure: 690(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 10.9" W x 9.5" (1.15 lbs) 48 pages
- Chronological Period - 18th Century
- Cultural Region - French
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Maps, Price on Product
Awards: Cook Prize, Finalist, Picture Book, 2016
Orbis Pictus Award, Honor Book, Children's Nonfiction, 2016
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up), Gold Medal Winner, Nonfiction, 2015
Alabama Camellia Award, Nominee, Nonfiction (Grades 4-5), 2015
Review Citations: Booklist 12/01/2014 pg. 46
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2014
Publishers Weekly 12/15/2014
School Library Journal 01/01/2015 pg. 125
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2015 pg. 103
Foreword 02/26/2015
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2015
Shelf Awareness 03/20/2015
PW Children's Starred Reviews 12/02/2015 pg. 20
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 173543
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Discover how Benjamin Franklin's scientific method challenged a certain Dr. Mesmer's mysterious powers in a whimsical look at a true moment in history.

The day Ben Franklin first set foot in Paris, France, he found the city all abuzz. Everyone was talking about something new--remarkable, thrilling, and strange. Something called . . . Science

But soon the straightforward American inventor Benjamin Franklin is upstaged by a compelling and enigmatic figure: Dr. Mesmer. In elaborately staged shows, Mesmer, wearing a fancy coat of purple silk and carrying an iron wand, convinces the people of Paris that he controls a magic force that can make water taste like a hundred different things, cure illness, and control thoughts But Ben Franklin is not convinced. Will his practical approach of observing, hypothesizing, and testing get to the bottom of the mysterious Mesmer's tricks? A rip-roaring, lavishly illustrated peek into a fascinating moment in history shows the development and practice of the scientific method--and reveals the amazing power of the human mind.

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