A Young Person's Field Guide to Finding Lost Shipwrecks

The Search for the Santisima

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
72 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2020
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Author Biography

Laurie Zaleski, a marine geologist, has traveled extensively from the Arctic Circle to Saipan and beyond, conducting geophysical surveys. She has mapped thousands of kilometers by plane, boat, and foot. She has written A Young Person’s Field Guide to Finding Lost Shipwrecks for her love of science and for the essential need for children to find a connection to themselves through math and science.

Laurie is a member of EAGE (Women in Geoscience and Engineering) and AGU (American Geophysical Union), and is a firm believer in giving back to the community by doing what you love. This is her first book.

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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite

A Young Person’s Field Guide to Finding Lost Shipwrecks: The Search for the Santisima by Laurie Anne Zaleski is an informative and fascinating account of all that goes into searching for a lost shipwreck. The author, a marine geologist, takes the reader along on the expedition that she and a capable team undertook while looking for the Santisima, a ship that was sunk over 200 years ago during a battle. The crew sets out on a research vessel and heads to Cadiz, Spain in hopes of finding the sunken ship. Throughout this journey, Zaleski describes the research, planning, and science involved in this complex undertaking. The author explains scientific and mathematical concepts and terms in ways that make them easily understood and even relatable. Zaleski also shares details about the good food and fun times that she and her colleagues were able to experience while on this expedition.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Young Person’s Field Guide to Finding Lost Shipwrecks: The Search for the Santisima by Laurie Anne Zaleski. Throughout this book, Zaleski encourages the reader to think and to ask questions, which sparks curiosity and a sense of adventure. The author outlines complicated information in an engaging and clear manner. While reading this book, I learned many nautical terms, the important role weather plays in the ship’s mission, and even got to practice a math equation. Zaleski makes math and science accessible and interesting. Through this guide, I also gained an appreciation for the dedication and commitment it takes to search for lost shipwrecks. There is a wealth of information in this highly educational and entertaining read.