They Saw the Future

Oracles, Psychics, Scientists, Great Thinkers, and Pretty Good Guessers

Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

About The Book

Can anyone predict the future?
Meet twelve mind-boggling personalities who seemed to know how. Among them are:
The ancient Maya, who invented a remarkably accurate calendar that gave a date for the end of the world: December 21, 2012.
Leonardo da Vinci, the great artist, who drew detailed sketches of tanks, machine guns, and helicopters...four centuries before they were invented.
Nostradumus, the sixteenth-century French doctor whose amazing predictions included the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Jeane Dixon, a wealthy socialite who, on November 22, 1963, looked into her lunch of eggs florentine and announced, "Something dreadful is going to happen to the president today."
Did they always get it right? How did they know? Were they psychic? Or did they simply combine knowledge, sensitivity, inspiration, and some good old-fashioned luck to see into the unknown? Kathleen Krull and Kyrsten Brooker's entertaining and enlightening book may just hold the answers to these and other fascinating questions.

About The Author

Photograph by Paul Brewer

Kathleen Krull is the author of No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader, as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria WoodhullLives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); The Only Woman in the Photo; and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at KathleenKrull.com.

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

Kyrsten Brooker's wonderful books for children include Runaway Dreidel! by Lesléa Newman, They Saw the Future by Kathleen Krull, and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 10, 2014)
  • Length: 112 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481436236
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Parents' Choice Award

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