The Book of Blood by HP Newquist
From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

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HP Newquist takes young readers on an engaging tour of the world of blood, from
ancient history to modern science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of
the most important tissue in our bodies. Oddly enough, scientists began to understand
this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic
components nourish the entire body.
Whether the tales of vampires, medieval medical practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this comprehensive investigation into blood’s past and present
will surely enthrall. And if this account is a little bloodcurdling, well, that’s half the


About HP Newquist

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HP Newquist (The Book of Blood, Here There Be Monsters) writes about all kinds of things, from human brains and giant squids to monsters and music. When he's not writing, he's traveling with his wife and two daughters, playing his guitar, or exploring new technologies. He and his family live in Connecticut and you can find out more about him at
Published August 7, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 165 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting.

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Newquist expands considerably on the premise that “[t]here is more to blood than that it’s red and kind of gross” without neglecting to keep the “kind of gross” parts in view.

May 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Blood: From Legen...

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“Blood looks too simple to be so important: just a bright splash of liquid that seems as if it isn’t much different from paint or fruit juice or cherry-colored water.” In 11 concise chapters, Newquist (Here There Be Monsters) demystifies one of the most elemental and (literally) vital compo...

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Blood: From Legen...

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Think about red blood, yellow blood, blue blood (not in royalty), the prime colors which which make up the blood of different animals.

Sep 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Blood: From Legen...

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