Order your hardcover copy of Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? by Kimberly Blaker. Available March 21, 2018.
Title: Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery?
Author: Kimberly Blaker
Illustrator: Diana Silkina
Cover Illustrator: Cassie King
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age: 9 -13 years
Grades: 4th – 8th
ABOUT HOROSCOPES: REALITY OR TRICKERY?
Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is an entertaining educational STEM book that provides kids the tools and information needed to decide for themselves whether astrology is real or just a hoax.
In this book, readers learn a brief history of astrology and examine claims made by astrologers. Kids hear the arguments both for and against its validity and examine the scientific evidence – or lack thereof – for astrology. Readers also discover the tricks astrologers use to write horoscopes that create the illusion horoscopes are valid forecasts or assessments of personality.
Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is designed to help kids better understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills. The book contains seven activities and experiments to entertain and educate readers on the scientific process and making deductions as kids sleuth for the truth about astrology.
“In an early 1990s episode of The Simpsons, Homer has an alien abduction experience that he interprets otherworldly, which Lisa debunks by turning to an issue of Jr. Skeptic magazine. That inspired me to found a real Jr. Skeptic magazine, still in print, dedicated to educating middle school and high school (and often adults) on science and critical thinking. But we need much more than this to make science and society sane and rational, and this delightful book by Kimberly Blaker is the perfect balance of education and entertainment on a particular topic (horoscopes and astrology) that generalizes to any such claim. How do we know what is true? Science is the best tool we have, and this wonderful book should be gifted to every parent, teacher, and student.” —Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and The Moral Arc. His latest book is Heavens on Earth.
“This is a delightful book that, while aimed at pre-teens, will provide an interesting and informative read for teenagers and adults as well. Although astrology is its focus, the promotion of critical thinking is its goal. That goal is brilliantly addressed both through the presentation of accurate information in a manner that makes it enjoyable to read and by challenging readers to gather relevant data of their own. All this is done without ever being preachy or condescending. Pseudoscience often appeals because it is fascinating and exciting, but this book demonstrates that critical thinking about pseudoscience can be just as fascinating and exciting, while having the additional advantage of dealing with what is real.” —Professor James Alcock, PhD., Department of Psychology, Glendon College, York University, author of Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling, and fellow and member of the Executive Council for the Committee for the Skeptical Inquirer
“A delightful, entertaining, and thorough account of astrology. Explains how astrology has been tested, how we know it doesn’t work, and why some people still believe it does. It even provides readers with simple exercises they can do to test astrology’s claims for themselves, and shows how to think critically about questionable claims.” —Harriet A. Hall, MD., retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon, author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon, and columnist (aka SkepDoc) for Skeptic magazine
“Is astrology all a con? This helpful book weighs up the evidence in a simple way, helping kids to assess the claims themselves and even to design their own experiments to find out. —Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and lecturer and the author of The Meme Machine and Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction. She’s done extensive research on the paranormal and is one of Britain’s best-known skeptics.