Bodie: The Town That Belongs to Ghosts
“In 1880, Bodie and Los Angeles had nearly the same number of people. Today, almost four million people live in Los Angeles—and no one lives in Bodie.” A once prosperous but crime-ridden California mining town, Bodie was abandoned by 1932. This lively look into the rise and fall of a very wild part of the Wild West is full of exciting anecdotes about life—and perhaps afterlife—in Bodie. Readers will be fascinated to learn about the exploits of outlaw Mike “Man Eater” McGowan, for example, and how Jell-O contributed to a town-destroying fire. Captioned illustrations and photographs of past and present Bodie feature prominently. The main text includes primary source excerpts, while text boxes highlight important and unusual facts, such as how a vigilante group, the Bodie 601s, may have gotten their name. Back matter consists of a “Bodie: Then and Now” spread, a glossary, bibliography, suggestions for further reading, publisher’s link to digital resources, and an index.
JLG Release: Jun 2015
Awards & Honors
ILA Children’s Choices, 2016 Reading List
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Guide
School Library Journal
This series lets readers visit the remains of four abandoned places, from the pre-Columbian Mesa Verde ruins to the 20th-century Salton Sea resort in California. All are geographically isolated locations, and their stories emphasize the importance of geographical factors, such as natural resources, in their rise and declin Series Review
This series lets readers visit the remains of four abandoned places, from the pre-Columbian Mesa Verde ruins to the 20th-century Salton Sea resort in California. All are geographically isolated locations, and their stories emphasize the importance of geographical factors, such as natural resources, in their rise and decline. Books share a common format of double-page “chapters” that provide general information and discuss topics unique to each place’s history and geography as well as some of the associated mysteries, legends, and ghost stories. Brief sidebars add interesting tidbits, and “Now and Then” pages compare the sites during their heydays and today. Outstanding contemporary site photos and period images found throughout are a major strength. Readers will be fascinated with the mysterious remnants of these ghostly places. VERDICT A strong buy for libraries serving middle grade readers.
8" x 10"
Level 5; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.5; Points: 3;