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Secrets of the Lost City

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Thank you to netgalley for providing an e-galley for review. The Secrets of the Lost City is a juvenile non-fiction book about the exploration into the Honduran rainforest and the subsequent discoveries there. Not just discoveries of archeological nature, but also natural discoveries of flora and fauna. This is an extreme place to get to and research and the author and explorers go to great lengths to stress these facts. What is mentioned more than once is the absence of plastic which is sad that it has to mentioned and that has to be so remote to get away from plastic. The pictures are amazing.
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In the Honduran Rainforest a  team of scientists  deep into this wild, uninhabited world is looking for the ruins of the Lost City of the Monkey God.  They have only ten days to do this.  They do locate the site.  They also discover several animals though extinct or never seen before.  There are terrific photos to see.and  information that intrigued me.  Fortunately, there is a glossary, citation sources and a books listed for more reading.  I enjoyed learning what the scientists did and found.  It is a terrific scientific book for children and anyone who wants a true picture of a rainforest.
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Secrets of the Lost City: A Scientific Adventure in the Honduran Rain Forest by Sandra Markle is a children's nonfiction book currently scheduled for release on September 6 2022. Join a scientific expedition to a remote area of the Honduran rainforest, suspected to be the ruins of the Lost City of the Monkey God. The team of scientists had only ten days to hike into the dense jungle, likely unvisited by humans in the past 500 years, and locate the archaeological site. In addition to searching for and finding incredible artifacts, scientists also uncovered an amazing, diverse ecosystem flourishing due to the lack of human influences. They recorded hundreds of different kinds of animals, including some new species as well as animals listed as endangered or previously believed to be extinct. Award-winning author Sandra Markle incorporates interviews and information from key scientists who took part in this ten-day expedition, showing how their discoveries led to new protections for this incredible place.

Secrets of the Lost City is a fascinating read about scientist looking to solve several mysteries together. Not only were they looking to find archeological proof of the Lost City, but they combined talents and resources to study the state of the environment and the living things in the area. I love that the book gives hints at how much planning and hard work goes into just getting the permission of governments and important organizations just to get into some areas of the world, and then there are the challenges of the location and safety and health challenges that might come with the search for more knowledge and understanding.  I enjoyed getting to see the pictures of the discoveries that were made, both archeological and biological, and thought that the text and photographs were combined well to keep and hold the attention of readers without overwhelming them. I was glad to see the glossary, sources cited, and suggestions for further reading. I hope the book and that list will inspire many readers to further explore the subject, and perhaps become scientists themselves in the future. 

Secrets of the Lost City is yet another wonderful scientific nonfiction book for children.
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. I think that this could be a good project for kids to go through. Having recently visited Honduras, I found the book to be interesting and I learned even more about the area.
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Excellent read for the scientific or ecology minded reader.  This is a nonfiction recounting of a trek into the Honduran jungle unvisited for centuries.
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Once again, author Sandra Markle has provided readers with an exciting scientific adventure and a clear look at the process of scientific investigation. Amazing photographs and exciting narration follow the path of scientists exploring the Honduran Rain Forest to search for a possible "lost city." It is a challenging, even dangerous adventure and the scientists bravely and competently look for evidence of past human life, animal life and artifacts. Readers learn the skills of the group, the challenges they face, and the wonderful discoveries they make. This is a valuable look at the true nature of scientific investigation, and Sandra Markle captures the excitement, the challenges and the rewards perfectly.
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