Probably the best part of this book is the overview of the Trojan War in the beginning of the book. It is basically a retelling of the Illiad at a level that children can understand. Sure there are gruesome parts, but that is part of the tale. It isn’t really a children’s story, but this retelling does make it a little more accessible to kids. However, the retelling takes up half of the book and while it is interesting the book is supposed to be about finding Troy.
Most of the rest of the book is about Heinrich Schliemann’s quest to become famous as the person to discover the ruins of Troy and the Trojan War. There is a great deal of space spent on his quest and his questionable archeological methods. The book then goes through other archeologist who have dug at Hisarlik and uncovered more information on the history of Troy. While this information is interesting it is a bit dry in its delivery. There are not nearly enough graphics to keep kids interested in the text. There should be photos and graphics detailing the different levels they discovered on the site. There is one map which is very difficult to read. The book does have a pronunciation guide, timeline, bibliography and source notes, but it is very awkwardly set up. The pronunciation guide is after the introduction for instance and the timeline is very basic. This is a really interesting subject and the book could be used for reports, but I don’t think kids will pick it up for pleasure reading.