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Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science

by (author) Editors of YES Mag

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
General, Curiosities & Wonders
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Scientists are smart people, trained to be skeptical and to test their hypotheses. But sometime hoaxes, fakes and mistakes rock their world. Hoaxed! uncovers and explains 17 brilliantly bogus stories from the history of science. You'll find usual suspects such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as some lesser known but fascinating stories: phony ancient bones, a “lost” tribe who weren't what they seemed, a UFO crash landing and many more. The combination of far-out facts, archival photos and comical illustrations keeps science interesting for youngsters. Hoaxed! is a sure way to promote a high level of science literacy, keep kids questioning their world and get their hoax antennae twitching. Hoaxes include: • Crop circles made by a couple of British hoaxers that ended up creating a cultural phenomenon • Cold fusion, the scientific “discovery” that promised humanity cheap, clean fuel forever • A fake “Stone Age” tribe in the Philippines that caused a global media frenzy

About the author

Editors of YES Mag YES Mag: Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids is an award-winning periodical that makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics exciting and fun for kids.

Editors of YES Mag's profile page


  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

From early medieval accounts of dragon sightings to modern claims of missing links and crop circles, past hoaxes provide just the fodder to make educated skeptics out of young readers.


Once again the editors of YES Magazine have put together an enticing collection of science puzzles.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Hoaxed! Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science

Extraterrestrial visitors make crop circles. True or false? The authors reveal how scientists unearthed the underlying truth of 11 elaborate schemes and exposed the hoaxers behind them. Learn how to avoid being conned and more. Photographs and illustrations support the intriguing text, which includes a glossary and an index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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