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Digging Deep

How Science Unearths Puzzles from the Past

Interest Age: 10+
Grade: 5+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,6,8,10

Reading Level: Lexile 1050L
Hardcover : 9781773212395, 116 pages, April 2019 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781773212388, 116 pages, April 2019 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773212418, 116 pages, June 2021
Rights sold: Korean

Table of contents

Detectives of the Past [Introduction]

1. Ötzi the Iceman: Time Traveler from the Stone Age

2. Deadly Knowledge: Discovery of the Oldest Poison

3. Under the Jungle: Lost Cities of Cambodia

4. Lost Ships of the Arctic: The Hunt for HMS Erebus and Terror

5. Hidden Majesty: The Lost Grave of Richard III

6. Chauvet Cave: Where Art Began


Poisons, ice men, and graves, oh my!

Every archeological find adds to our understanding of the world, but sometimes a discovery is made that is so startling and different that it changes the way we view history. Digging Deep showcases the most exciting examples of these lost puzzle pieces and how recent advances in science brought them to light. From the new clues about life in the Stone Age gleaned from Ötzi the Ice Man, to new opinions about King Richard III’s villainous reputation deduced from the discovery of his long-lost tomb, Digging Deep is full of fascinating examples of how modern science has disrupted the status quo.

Sidebars and illustrations with easy-to-follow explanations of radio-carbon dating, DNA, and other scientific topics provide further reading to satisfy readers with an interest in STEM.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019
  • Joint winner, Best Bets List, Top Ten, Honourable Mention, Ontario Library Association 2020


“Scandiffio‘s overall writing style is engaging and easy to comprehend, making this a great choice for many library shelves.” 

- Youth Services Book Review, 12/21/18

“Straightforward, fascinating, broad-ranging, and timely; this effort will fully engage budding archaeologists.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/19

“Archaeology, a fascinating subject, is  made more so in this slim, well-written volume . . . Recommended for school and large public-library collections; best for mature, strong readers. Useful in history and science units and across the general social studies curriculum.” 

- School Library Journal, 02/19

“Interesting, educational and highly intriguing, Digging Deep is an enjoyable and captivating read.” 

- CM Reviews, 02/08/19

“A fun and informative read for science and history lovers alike.”

- School Library Connection, 05/19

“A captivating, informative, and well illustrated read!”

- Dig Into History, 07/19

“Fascinating . . . the perfect book for kids who like both science and history.”

- The Globe and Mail, 09/14/19

“It is quite interesting and  . . . well written.”

- Resource Links, 12/19

“An outstanding tool for science and history.” 

- Green Teacher, Summer/20