Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France

by Mara Rockliff

Illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

1776: Paris was abuzz about Dr. Mesmer, who claimed to have discovered a remarkable new force. The king of France asked a visiting Ben Franklin to investigate. Further information about the scientific method, Benjamin Franklin, and Franz Anton Mesmer. Sources. Full-color illustrations were drawn with pencil and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9780763663513

JLG Release: June 2015

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Science Nonfiction Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

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    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    10 5/8" x 9 7/16"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 5, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.3, Points: 3


    Level: 690L

    Awards & Honors

    2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, Commended, Middle Grades
    SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Nonfiction; Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, Picture Books
    2015 Parents’ Choice Book Awards: Nonfiction, Gold
    Booklist Best Picture Books of 2015
    2016 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book Best Books of the Year 2015, Nonfiction
    Booklist Lasting Connections, 2015
    ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Middle Readers
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Older Readers
    100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
    2016 CCBC Choices–Science, Technology, and the Natural World
    2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
    2016 Golden Kite Award Honor, Nonfiction
    2016 Cook Prize Winner
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, History



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