For me, one of the best things about working in a book store (aside from the employee discount), is the constant exposure to new books and authors that would have otherwise flown beneath my radar.
Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From was recommended to me by a father purchasing the book for his 12 year old son. I expressed interest in the cover and title, and he told me it was a fascinating, exciting introduction to Australopithecus afarensis, and hominid evolution in general.
Most pages have either a photograph from the Lucy dig (AL 288-1 – I learned something new!), or full-color drawings and diagrams of archeological and geological processes, discoveries, evolutionary timelines and fossils. The wording might challenge a middle school-child, but in a good way. The presentation is definitely aimed towards younger audiences, but adults not familiar with hominid evolution can learn quite a bit from the book. I imagine this would be a great book for a parent and child to read together. And for those with a more than passing interest in evolution, geology and archeology, it is inspiring to read the book and see a great example of how science is being passed on to the next generation of discoverers.
The author, Catherine Thimmesh, is local! She has a simple and artistic website, and she’s authored several young readers’ science and social-themed books.