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Blood and gore (for Halloween!)

gore_bedell_so-you-want-to-work-with-the-ancient-and-recent-deadBedell, J. M.  So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?: Unearthing Careers from Paleontology to Forensic Science
Gr. 4–6, middle school     248 pp.     Simon/Aladdin/Beyond Words

Be What You Want series. “Think your Goth lifestyle is a predictor of your future vocation”? This broad series installment examines fields centered on dead things — from archaeology, forensics, and taxidermy to volcanology and “ghost hunting” — including the gritty details involved in the work. Interviews with professionals provide a personal touch to a dense text (that can sometimes feel like a data dump). Reading list, websites. Bib., glos.
Subjects: Occupations and Careers; Forensic science; Work; Death; Archaeology; Paleontology

gore_chambers_count-draculaChambers, Catherine  Count Dracula
Gr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     Heinemann-Raintree

Illustrated by Christian Suarez. Autobiographies You Never Thought You’d Read series. Introducing Bram Stoker’s fictional vampire in an autobiographical format, this volume attempts to answer questions about Dracula using “source” material and connects historical figure Vlad the Impaler with Stoker’s character. The setup is hokey and the content somewhat slim, but kids will learn the basics about this literary character. The illustrations are mildly amusing. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Literature; Stoker, Bram; Vampires

heos_blood-bullets-and-bonesHeos, Bridget  Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
High school     259 pp.     HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

Each of eleven chapters chronologically traces the development of one branch of forensic science and the experts who practice it. Methods include autopsy, DNA analysis, psychological profiling, and good old deductive reasoning. Primary source quotations are seamlessly woven in, accompanied by archival images and documents. Heos’s conversational text is forthright but never sensationalized — keeping the focus squarely on the fascinating science. Bib., glos.
Subjects: Social Issues; Forensic science; Crime

The Book of BloodNewquist, HP  The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins
Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton

This encyclopedic title encompasses a comparison of human and nonhuman blood; blood’s anthropological importance; scientific and medical history, including ongoing discoveries; summary of the circulatory system; and examination of blood-feeding animals and legendary monsters. The diffuse interdisciplinary scope may not have broad appeal, but its organization and numerous illustrations and sidebars recommend the volume as a reference work. Websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Anthropology; Vampires; Human body—Blood; Legends; Human body—Circulatory system

gore_zimmern_bizarre-world-of-foodZimmern, Andrew Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, & Blood Sausage
Gr. 4–6     191 pp.     Delacorte

As in his television series, Zimmern takes readers in search of the freshest, tastiest, and most exotic morsels worldwide, whether ordinary-seeming (pork, lobster) or unusual (tarantula, roasted bat). Each chapter deals with a different locale, culture, and local cuisine in a succinct first-person narrative. The book’s content may repulse some readers; others will be fascinated. An eight-page color photo insert is included.
Subjects: Cookery and Nutrition; Food

From the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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