Dan Waddell started his writing career selling stories to the tabloids before becoming a sports writer for BBC books. When his son was born in 2003 it sparked a curiosity in his own family history and within a few hours of starting to research his ancestors he uncovered a scandalous family secret! After rapidly becoming an expert, Dan was commissioned by the BBC to write two tie-in titles to the hit TV series Who Do You Think You Are? He has recently published two genealogy-related crime novels, Blood Atonement and The Blood Detective. This is his first book for children.
This guide to genealogy, inspired by the TV series of the same name, takes readers through the steps of tracing their origins, starting with a who's who of possible extended family members and an explanation of genes. Waddell provides oral history interview tips, Internet search guidelines, and suggestions such as consulting censuses for clues about deceased relatives. Flaps and other interactive features hold additional information, and a "treasure book" keepsake and a family tree for readers to fill in are included. Those with an interest in the topic should discover useful insights, ideas, and tips for conducting research. Ages 7-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Big as well as small genealogists will covet this
gorgeously-presented children's introduction to family history. *
Family History Monthly *
The text is fun and informative and includes lots of facts, tips and internet links as well as useful guidance on understanding family history within its historical context. * Booktrust *
Fun, interactive book aimed at introducing older primary school age children to genealogy. * Family Tree Magazine *
...a brilliant Christmas present for any inquisitive child. This book, inspired by the hit BBC genealogy TV show, gives tips on how to conduct interviews with older people, search the internet, research old photos and census documents, and much more. There's also a great fold-out family tree for the book's owner to fill in, going all the way back to great-great-grandparents. My enthralled eight-year-old was soon on the phone to her great-aunt as she sought out information. * The London Evening Standard *
A brilliant Christmas present for any inquisitive child...My enthralled eight-year old was soon on the phone to her great-aunt as she sought out information. * Evening Standard *
Crammed full with information . . . the text is chatty without being patronising, and gives good advice on the topic. All in all, it's easy to use, and I recommend this to interested children. -- Minerva * Minerva Reads *