Written by Gail Jarrow
Published by Calkins Creek (May 10, 2016)
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.