While working for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, the authors noticed that there are too few books about history for young readers. They collaborated on this illustrated book to inspire readers to explore the history of the area they live in.
In the book, Sandy Trowels and her dog find a historic glass bottle labeled 'Wizard Oil' along the river in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sandy lets her imagination consider all the possible uses for this product, but dutifully records the glass as an archaeologist would. By talking to an expert, Sandy gains an understanding of local history through the artifact she discovered.