The Book of Blood
Winner of the Magnolia Award


HP Newquist takes young readers on an engaging tour of the world of blood, from
ancient history to modern science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of
the most important tissue in our bodies. Oddly enough, scientists began to understand
this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic
components nourish the entire body.
Whether the tales of vampires, medieval medical practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this comprehensive investigation into blood’s past and present
will surely enthrall. And if this account is a little bloodcurdling, well, that’s half the

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  • Libby P.
    Jan 13, 2017

    Libby P.

    I decided to read this book because the topic of medical science is very interesting to me. The book cover was very intriguing and other people who have read this book say they have liked it. From bloodletting to the makeup of the blood in our bodies this book covers many various topic...

  • Mrs. Mullarky
    Jan 13, 2017

    Mrs. Mullarky

    Even though I am squeamish, I picked up this book in order to get out of my comfort zone. Usually I am drawn to narrative nonfiction stories that read like fiction -- specifically memoirs. I thought I should try and read more science-based books, so I read The Book of Blood, Stiff, and...

  • Tyler Bankston
    Dec 3, 2016

    Tyler Bankston

    This was a very intriguing book. I learned so many cool facts about the blood and it's history. It's definitely been a wonder in all time periods, with plenty of stories to support the awe and questions behind it's power. Newquist did such a wonderful job getting you hooked with a good...

  • Mary Stovall
    Oct 30, 2016

    Mary Stovall

    I think this book is very educational and does a great job of making the biology and science of how blood works interesting. I liked that the book tied in a lot of myths and legends our fascination with blood has grown and what blood meant in ancient times as well as the not so distant...

  • Annelisa
    Jul 31, 2016


    Good; contains a lot of information about the role and function of blood, as well as its cultural significance. Nonetheless, I find it strange that a book discussing blood contains nothing about Dr. Charles Drew, or sickle cell disease, especially for young adult readers. That annoyed ...

  • Shelby
    Apr 16, 2016


    This nonfiction book is full of information both fact and legend about blood. It features full color photographs and a bloody design theme. Just edgy enough to capture the attention of reluctant readers! ...

  • Emily Parsons
    Apr 14, 2016

    Emily Parsons

    I really enjoyed learning about blood in this book. It had many different sections on how blood is carried around inside our bodies, to myths and legends, and even vampires and crazy countesses who were obsessed with consuming and bathing in blood. The illustrations were both historic ...

  • Lucy
    Feb 18, 2016


    Interesting facts about blood, some I didn’t know. Much focus on the history of knowledge about blood. Also some on legends and lore.Chapters are: Real blood; The mystery inside; Making progress, Smaller than sand; Making blood; Where the blood flows; The blood’s battleground...

  • Todd Allen
    Apr 21, 2015

    Todd Allen

    The book outlines the cultural and scientific history of human blood. The discussions specific to the history of phlebotomy and blood transfusions I found especially interesting. A decent portion of the book is a refresher on the biology of human blood and the physiological systems sup...

  • Suzanne
    Oct 27, 2014


    I was drawn to The Book Of Blood by HP Newquist initially by the intriguing cover which is dripping blood. By the title, I expected the book to be about blood. The subtitle From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins threw me off a little. Since it was in the 600s section of Dewey, ...