They Saw the Future

Oracles, Psychics, Scientists, Great Thinkers, and Pretty Good Guessers

They Saw the Future

Illustrated by: Kyrsten Brooker
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Can anyone predict the future?
Meet twelve mind-boggling personalities who seemed to know how. Among them are:
The ancient Maya, who invented a remarkably accurate calendar that gave a date for the end of the world: December 21, 2012.
Leonardo da Vinci, the great artist, who drew detailed sketches of tanks, machine guns, and helicopters...four centuries before they were invented.
Nostradumus, the sixteenth-century French doctor whose amazing predictions included the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Jeane Dixon, a wealthy socialite who, on November 22, 1963, looked into her lunch of eggs florentine and announced, "Something dreadful is going to happen to the president today."
Did they always get it right? How did they know? Were they psychic? Or did they simply combine knowledge, sensitivity, inspiration, and some good old-fashioned luck to see into the unknown? Kathleen Krull and Kyrsten Brooker's entertaining and enlightening book may just hold the answers to these and other fascinating questions.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 112 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481436236 | 
  • June 2014 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Kathleen Krull
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Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the author of the new six-book Women Who Broke the Rules series of chapter books as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at