Secrets Underground: North America’s Buried Past
by Elizabeth MacLeod
Annick Press, 2014
$14.95, 88 pp, ages 10 – 14
Elizabeth MacLeod has created a sometimes terrifying, often baffling, and always fascinating book about several of the greatest hidden subterranean mysteries for children to delve into. Secrets Underground provides insight into many unique locations that have been home to events such as the California Gold Rush, the Prohibition and the Cold War. This book offers stunning photographs and a professional design that will entertain and engage all who turn the pages. Subtitles and interesting facts are present on most of the pages; a time line and a section about places to visit concluding the book.
Classroom Connections: Secrets Underground, without a doubt, will appeal to students in the late elementary school years who have a keen interest in events which have shaped their world today. It is also a great starting point for research projects or essays. History teachers will find a practical use for this text as the chronological time line sheds light on many historical events dating back to the 1500s.
Review by Joseph Forte.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Jan/Feb 2015 issue.