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Title:
Outbreak! plagues that changed history
Publication Information:
2009.
ISBN:
9780307489258
Physical Description:
1 online resource
Target Audience:
Text Difficulty 7 - Text Difficulty 9

MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)

8.9

1080 L
Language:
English
Abstract:
"An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe." --The Wall Street Journal Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world's worst diseases--and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever. Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history.From the Hardcover edition.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 8.9 4 Quiz 103211 English non-fiction.
Lexile Measure:
1080
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"An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe." -- The Wall Street Journal

Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world's worst diseases--and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.

Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history.


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This well-written volume explores specific plagues that have impacted society. Barnard begins with an introduction to microbes and the positive and negative effects that they can have on humans. A history of the study of microorganisms follows. The bulk of the book then focuses on specific plagues with a chapter devoted to each, including the Black Death, smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, and influenza. The final chapter discusses the modern struggle against disease. A thorough glossary and a detailed list of sources are included. The evocative paintings help to clarify the text. Browsers and report writers alike will find this to be a fascinating and informative resource.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Rather than simply exploring the biological and epidemiological aspects of six diseases, Barnard looks at the effects of these diseases on world history. He then clearly shows that humankind's efforts to obliterate infectious disease have failed because of drug-resistant bacteria, new diseases, changing ecologies, and human complacency. Full- and half-page paintings add drama and historical context. Bib., glos. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.