Bubonic Panic

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America

Written by Gail Jarrow

Published by Calkins Creek (May 10, 2016)


NonFiction YA

Besides the fact that you can’t eat while you read this I don’t have any criticisms of this book. I think it’s an excellent addition to any history curriculum. If you are reading through history on a four-year cycle, you could add it late in year 2 or anytime in year three.

The history of the plague is interesting in that all the historical documentation matches what scientists today see when they observe patients in our modern times. I guess even ancient people knew that there was no “spinning” this into something it wasn’t. Without spoilers, I can tell you that the plague is just as scary as you think it is.

Equal amounts science and history in a readable narrative format it makes a subject which could be a boring list of facts become engaging in a gross and creepy way. Future scientists will be involved and every reader will be informed.

Side note- If you’ve read Kristin Lavransdatter this book explains the science behind the plot.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago public library to judge it for the 2016 Cybils Awards.

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