Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters

From the Series Discovery!

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Everyone dies . . . but what happens inside the human body when death occurs? What body systems are key for holding on to life? And what value does studying death have for those of us still living? Explore all of the answers with a forensic scientist who takes a look at the body’s interconnected cellular systems and the links between life and death.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Science
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Dewey 616.07'59
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.375 x 8.625
Features Awards, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline


  • Top Ten Summer Reads for Young Adults, Winner, 2011
  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2011



“Meticulously organized and admirably levelheaded.” —Booklist

The Horn Book Guide

“Murray’s informative text is enhanced by well-chosen photos and sidebars, which also help to lighten the impact of the sometimes difficult subject matter.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“This book provides information for those who are curious about a subject that is not easy to discuss.” —School Library Journal

Science Books & Films

“This excellent book gives a comprehensive overview of the processes that delineate life and death. . . . The prose is lucid and free of jargon, and difficult physiological concepts are presented clearly. . . . This volume would be a useful discussion tool.” —Science Books & Films

Author: Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth A. Murray is a native Cincinnatian from a large family. When she was young, Elizabeth always thought she may grow up to be a writer, teacher, scientist, or explorer—now that she is a college professor and forensic scientist, she is active in all of those fields! Elizabeth always loved science; it was her favorite subject in school. In college, she studied biology and discovered that she found humans to be the most interesting animals, so she continued her studies in the field of anthropology. Being a very practical person, Elizabeth wanted her research focus to have tangible results and benefits that could aid society, and this led her to the forensic application of anthropology. It took many years of college and lots of hard work to become a forensic scientist, but Elizabeth says that teaching is still the very best part of her job. She enjoys taking difficult concepts in science and explaining them in a way that is interesting and relevant to her students.