A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars

Maria Birmingham (Author) Josh Holinaty (Illustrator)

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$16.95  $15.59
Publish Date
October 13, 2015
7.4 X 0.6 X 9.7 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Maria Birmingham is a long-standing contributor to OWL and chickaDEE magazines, writing numerous features and recurring sections for both. She also served as the managing editor of OWL. She has published two previous titles with Owlkids Books: Weird Zone: Sports and Tastes Like Music. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

Josh Holinaty is an illustrator whose works include public art commissions and book, magazine, and newspaper illustrations. He also teaches illustration at Guru Digital Arts College. He has illustrated one previous title with Owlkids Books: It's Catching. Originally from Alberta, he now lives in Toronto.


"A great introduction to a subject not often covered in children's nonfiction...seamlessly blends history, mythology, science and technology."
--Canadian Children's Book News

"Birmingham takes readers on a lively tour of the many ways people have sought to cheat death throughout history...a visually striking, thought-provoking look at a topic that will encourage further investigation."
--School Library Journal

"This fun, enjoyable read manages to inform and entertain--a combination perhaps as rare as the fountain of youth--and will be a welcome addition to both school and public libraries."

"A tasty distillation of history, religion, chemistry, biology, technology, and pop culture."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Birmingham offers a wide-ranging look at the myths...scientific efforts...and religious traditions surrounding the extension of life."
--Publisher's Weekly

"A must-read for anyone interested in science, magic, and everything in between."
--Foreword Reviews, a Best YA Title of Winter 2016

"Humorous but informative...with fun facts and thought-provoking info...that is sure to pique the interest of even the least morbid kids."
--Quill & Quire

"A Beginner's Guide to Immortality has it all. Highly recommended."
--Canadian Review of Materials

"A cornucopia of wise and wacky ways people have tried to achieve immortality, Birmingham's witty book will appeal to even the most reluctant readers...this handy reference tool offers an endless bounty of possible cross-curricular discussion ideas and topics for teachers, including science, social studies, and history."
National Reading Campaign

"Whimsical...quirky...humorous and engaging. A must-read for anyone interested in science, magic, and everything in between."
--Foreword Reviews

"A highly recommended title that will fascinate readers from 9 to 90."
--Resource Links

"Light-hearted and, often, tongue-in-cheek...breezy enough in its style to be an enjoyable casual read, this beginner's guide also asks interesting questions. Recommended."
--School Library Connection