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MESMERIZED
from Candlewick Press


Cook Prize Winner
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Golden Kite Honor Book

Carolyn W. Field Award Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
School Library Journal Best Books of 2015
ALA Notable Children's Books, 2016

Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
2017-2018 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee
2016-2017 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee
2015-2016 Alabama Camellia Book Award Nominee
2016-2017 Mississippi Magnolia Book Award Nominee
2016-2017 Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee

Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List Selection
New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Selection
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Selection

"A stylish and humorous exploration of the scientific method and the mysteries of the human mind."
Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW

"
Each page is teeming with personality... Together, Rockliff and Bruno make the scientific method seem exciting, and kids interested in science and history will likely be, well, mesmerized."
 Booklist *STARRED REVIEW

"A wonderful and fun-filled title that introduces yet another facet of a fascinating man."
School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW

"For history buffs, science enthusiasts, and fans of a good story, this one hits all the marks."
Shelf Awareness *STARRED REVIEW

Mesmerized cover
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!

Naturally, Paris goes wild for the famous American inventor. But soon Benjamin Franklin is upstaged by a mysterious and enigmatic figure: Dr. Mesmer. Wearing a fancy coat of purple silk and carrying an iron wand, Mesmer convinces the people of Paris that he controls a magic force that can make water taste like a hundred different things, cure illness, control thoughts! All for a price...but Ben Franklin is not convinced. Will his practical approach of observing, hypothesizing, and testing get to the bottom of the Mesmer mystery?

This rip-roaring peek into a fascinating moment in history shows the early development and practice of the scientific method, and how one of America's most beloved founding fathers boldly challenged superstition with applied common sense. Iacopo Bruno's lavish illustrations provide a glorious backdrop to this mesmerizing tale.

"This ingenious book celebrates—and explains to children clearly—the basic principles of the scientific method, while also doubling as a peek into the astounding life of Benjamin Franklin." The New York Times

"'Mesmerized' has so much page-turning suspense that it feels ripe for adaptation and box office success... the story zips along thanks to Mara Rockliff’s lively, dramatic writing that holds even young readers in its thrall." —The Boston Globe

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history." —
Kirkus Reviews

"Rockliff retells the episode with equal measures of gentle satire of aristocratic gullibility and tidy reconstruction of the scientific method used to unmask the humbug. Of particular note is her explanation of how the blinded tests Franklin devised to eliminate possible explanations are used by scientists today." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Her text is engaging and lively and pairs beautifully with Bruno's dramatic and bold illustrations. Particularly suited to STEM and Common Core curricula." The Horn Book

MESMERIZED
by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Picture Book
Candlewick Press, 2015
ISBN 978-0763663513

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Interview: Mara Rockliff & Iacopo Bruno: Contrasting the Factual and the Fanciful (Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf featurescroll past review to see the interview)






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