Follow along as research scientist Adrienne Mayor searches for the origins of the mythical Griffincould such a creature be based in reality?
While studying the classics in Greece, Adrienne came across accounts of an ancient creature, sometimes called bird-monster, griffin, or Minotaur. Adrienne travels from Greece to the Gobi Desert in search of where an ancient race of fair-haired and pale nomadic horsemen called the Scythians hid their gold - gold that was rumored to be guarded by griffins. Along the way, she encounters Jack Horner and Roy Chapman Andrews (real-life Indiana Jones and Dr. Alan Grant).
Adrienne Mayor is an independent folklorist/historian of science who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions. The Poison King is Mayor's latest book, and won top honors (Gold Medal) for Biography, Independent Publishers' Book Award 2010. It is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist. The History Channel's Ancient Monster Hunters is based on Mayor's first book.
Co-author Marc Aronson is an award-winning author and editor who earned his doctorate in American History at NYU. A prolific author, a blogger for SLJ, and an innovative thinker on children's book subjects, Marc brings deep knowledge of how kids relate to information.