A mysterious bequest sends Rosy and Jaz on a race against time to identify thirteen strange and wonderful objects - which turn out to tell the story of medicine, from the superstitions of ancient Egypt to the modern-day ethical dilemmas of genetic testing.
Can unicorns cure leprosy?
What secrets of the brain did Michelangelo conceal in his Sistine Chapel paintings?
Did a zombie discover the cure for scurvy?
Does homeopathy actually work?
Why did an Australian scientist decide to drink dangerous bacteria?
Is grapefruit evil?
Did the bumps on Ned Kelly's head predict his fate?
And how exactly did parachuting cats save a village from the plague?
An exploration of the beauty and power of scientific reasoning. Creative non-fiction for thoughtful readers aged twelve years and up, from the award-winning author of 'The Montmaray Journals'.
Print edition includes illustrations, author's note, bibliography and index. Teaching resources available.
Praise for Michelle Cooper's books: 'Absorbing, compelling and unforgettable.' Kirkus Reviews, starred review'Fascinating and thoroughly engrossing.' Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review'Beautifully observed and fascinating in its historical detail.' NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist'This meticulously researched book presents another great work from a stellar voice in historical fiction for young adults.' Kids' Indie Next List'Cooper's engagement of politics and her quick, inventive wit give the book its own captivating originality.' The Horn Book Magazine'A fascinating series that should be in every library.' Read Plus'Historical fiction at its most engaging ... highly recommended.' Magpies'Cooper's books are a great example of what YA fiction should be - as challenging and informative as they are entertaining.' Wordcandy