How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg
The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

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Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:

It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state.
Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket.
Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.
Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

About Georgia Bragg

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Georgia Bragg is the author of Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats. Kevin O'Malley is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share and many other books for children. He lives in Maryland.
Published March 15, 2011 by Walker Childrens. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Among the many macabre details is an explanation for why mummy eye sockets look empty: "Eyeballs shrink to almost nothing during the drying process" (the author notes that if mummy eyeballs are rehydrated, they return to almost normal size).

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There are lots and lots of ways to say that someone's dead and gone, and as you'll see in the new book "How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous" by Georgia Bragg, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, there are also lots of gruesome ways to bite the dust.

May 24 2011 | Read Full Review of How They Croaked: The Awful E...

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