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HOW TO READ YOUR MOTHER'S MIND by James M. Deem

HOW TO READ YOUR MOTHER'S MIND

By James M. Deem (Author) , Y Kelley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-395-62426-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

 Once again, Deem and Kelley (How to Hunt for Buried Treasure, 1992, etc.) team up for an entertaining and informative treatment of a fascinating subject. After clearing up misconceptions by explaining what extrasensory perception isn't, they go on to differences among three ``ESPossibilities''-- clairvoyance, telepathy, and precognition--and to telling how ESP is used, how to examine claims for validity, and how to develop one's own potential for extrasensory experiences. Case histories drawn from research and stories of famous psychics help move the book along; particularly interesting is ESP's role in crime detection, including the Jack the Ripper case and the murder of author Lois Duncan's daughter. Forms and techniques for keeping records are provided. A superb presentation marred only by the last few pages, where reincarnation is introduced but inadequately handled. Witty b&w cartoons on almost every page, many with dialogue and in comic strip format, further clarify the text. Short glossary (at the beginning, sensibly); bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)