Synopses & Reviews
Leonard Da Vinci was an unstoppable force. He was the son of a peasant, but managed to paint the Mona Lisa, invent a helicopter prototype, and master human anatomy ages ahead of his time. We know all of this because there is plenty of documentation about his life. But what those legendary figures who lived so long ago that their very existence is suspect? Or those historical figures who have either little written about their personal lives or who have become iconic through their works but their daily lives continue to be shrouded in mystery? Take George Washington. Today we view him as a smiling white-haired gentleman who led the newly created United States as its first president. What we dont typically learn is that he wasnt actually that nice of a guy. And then there is William Shakespeare, whose plays have been translated into every living language, yet historians debate whether he was the sole playwright or actually a composite of many different writers. Furthermore, Confuciuss wise words continue to be shared to this day, but did you know that he may not have ever said them?
From Homer to Hiawatha, Faux Figures: Legends, Fakes, and Phonies Who Changed History is the first in a new nonfiction middle grade series that investigates illusory characters who have made major contributions to history and to our world. Perfect for the budding history buff or the kid who loves the strange and unusual, this book will make you question whether what we think we know about legendary figures is actually the whole truth.
The world's earth-shattering, history-changing movers and shakers are all well documented . . . right? Hardly! Take Homer, the author of The Iliad
and The Odyssey
. His famous epics have inspired generations of writers and launched Western literature as we know it. Only problem, he never existed. No author named Homer ever traveled ancient Greece penning those really long stories about gods and heroes. So, who did
author the books?
Other famous historical figures did exist, just not as you'd think. A man named Confucius really did live and breathe. But he wasnt the wise old sage we learn about today. Instead of dropping quotable bits of wisdom, he preferred whacking people over the head with his stick. In the Middle Ages, an invented king inspired crusades, and in the 18th Century, a fake robot helped ignite the digital revolution. History is loaded with illusory figures that have left their mark on our world.
Faux Figures: Legends, Fakes, and Phonies Who Changed History is the first in a new nonfiction middle grade series that will explore the underbelly of history, making you question everything you thought you knew about historys finest. Its perfect for the history buff, the reluctant reader, or that kid who loves the strange and unusual. And who doesnt?
The Yellow Emperor * Gilgamesh * Homer * Pythagoras * Confucius * Pope Joan * Hiawatha * Prester John * William Shakespeare * George Washington * The Turk * Major William Martin
Fakes, frauds, and phonies. Sounds like a book filled with criminals and delinquents, doesnand#8217;t it? Well, itand#8217;s not. Some of the biggest names in history can be found between these pagesandmdash;and the light isnand#8217;t flattering. (Weand#8217;re looking at you, George and#147;I must not tell a lieand#8221; Washington.) Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History
is the first book in a new nonfiction middle grade series that will explore the underbelly of history, making you question everything you thought you knew about historyand#8217;s finest. Follow the fake lives of these twelve history-changers to uncover the fabrications of the famous, and the should-be-famous!
Confucius andbull; George Washington andbull; Pythagoras andbull; Hiawatha andbull; Gilgamesh andbull; Major William Martin andbull; William Shakespeare andbull; Pope Joan andbull; Homer andbull; Prester John andbull; Huangdi andbull; The Turk
About the Author
is a self-proclaimed history buff with a degree in art history and archaeology as well as classics. She has traveled extensively in search of great museums and historical sites to visit. When she is home, she is an independent historian and full-time writer who is quickly becoming best friends with her local librarian. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.