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Secrets Underground - North America's Buried Past

Secrets Underground

North America's Buried Past

Interest Age: 10+
Grade: 5+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: WHST.6-8.1,1a,1b,2,2a,2b,7,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 1050L
Hardcover : 9781554516315, 96 pages, January 2014 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781554516308, 96 pages, January 2014 , 9.25" x 7.5"


Uncover the spine-tingling mysteries and eerie surprises that lurk right under your feet!

In Secrets Underground, history buff Elizabeth MacLeod takes readers deep down, down, down below the earth’s surface, and introduces them to a completely different world—sometimes terrifying, often baffling, and always fascinating.

• the Civil War secrets carefully concealed in Organ Cave, West Virginia
• the top-secret equipment that lies deep below Grand Central Terminal in New York City
• the network of tunnels in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, that once hid victims of persecution—and illegal liquor transported by notorious Chicago gangsters
• how the Aztec city TenochtitlÁn, the largest and most powerful city of its time in what is now North America, nearly disappeared without a trace
• the abandoned ships buried beneath San Francisco that reveal the city’s history as a top destination for fortune seekers during the Gold Rush
• the nuclear shelter the U.S. government kept hidden for decades underneath an exclusive resort in West Virginia called The Greenbrier.

Guiding readers through these fascinating places, MacLeod reveals their long-kept secrets and deftly explains how these lost and hidden subterranean passages, spaces, and caves answer decades-old puzzles, help us understand our own past, and lead us to discover what life was really like in eras gone by.


“The stories in this book are well researched and thought-provoking, providing an illuminating glimpse into the dark history buried under our daylight world.”

- National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 01/301/14

“MacLeod . . . excels at historical mysteries . . . Secrets Underground can easily be added to that collection of intriguing historical secrets.”

- Canlit for Little Canadians, 04/13/14

“A well-written and interesting book that will appeal to a wide range of readers.”

- The Underground Movement, 04/14

“MacLeod has produced yet another immensely readable, engaging piece of middle-grade nonfiction with wide appeal.”

- Resource Links, 04/14

“The subject matter is high interest and the historic events are well chosen and diverse. The writing is clear and engaging.”

- Melinda’s Education Blog, 06/27/14

“Young readers will be delighted . . . From a destroyed and long-buried Aztec city to a Civil War cave  . . . readers will discover loads of trivia while being introduced to other relevant information that will leave them wanting more.”

- Reet Champion Book Reviews, 03/18/14

“[MacLeod’s] tone, writing style, and attention to detail ensure that readers of all ages will be gripped by the fascinating untold history of the buried past.”

- CM Reviews, 09/19/14

“Offers stunning photographs and a professional design that will entertain and engage all who turn the pages.”

- Canadian Teacher, 01/15

“Engaging sidebars . . . Excellent photographic and other illustrative selections add meaning to the text . . . an easy book for students to navigate.”

- Library Media Connection, 06/14

“Elizabeth MacLeod has truly brought history to life for children.”

- Quebec Library Association Bulletin, 04/15