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Author: Mary Roach

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Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mary Roach is on a mission. She is traveling the world to study "the curious lives of human Cadavers". In San Francisco she discusses the concept of death and cadavers with experts. That's where she learns about cadavers that are used in surgical practice to help students become better surgeons. There are other, similar stops to learn about what professions use donated bodies and how they contribute to society. Although this book seems to be very gloomy and gross, it turned out to be hilarious at the right moments. This is a nonfiction novel about Mary Roach's travel and research.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 11 and Up; read yourself: 13 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and Up

Reading Level: 9.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The author reveals different and curious things about dead bodies and what happens to them, all with a hilarious twist of humor. I found Stiff interesting and humorous. It is packed with information. It is a fantastic read and I recommend it for young adults and adults alike. Younger audiences might not understand the clever jokes and some of the vocabulary can be difficult. The author covers the grim subjects of death and corpses in the best way possible. I would definitely rate this book a 10 out of 10 so pick this novel up or any novel by Mary Roach!

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Who says nonfiction can't be humorous? This is a fascinating, great book for readers who like the "ick" factor.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Gulp by Mary Roach; Spook by Mary Roach PACKING FOR MARS   ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN   DINOMUMMY; The life, Death and Discovery of Dakota A Dinosaur from Hell Creek

Educational Themes: It isn't just doctors who work with dead bodies. This is a book that kids can use to explore different professions in the science field.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. He borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, forensics, fields of study

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2014

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