Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases

Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases

Feel a tickle in your throat? Do you still have that headache? Could you be falling victim to a deadly virus?

From history’s earliest days, bacteria and viruses have stalked humans. Stowing on wagons, ships, and airplanes, these diseases traversed the globe, infecting people in city streets and isolated hamlets. Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases tells the tale of five of history’s most critical contagions and the havoc these diseases wreaked across the globe, including the bubonic plague, yellow fever, smallpox, Spanish influenza, and AIDS. This nonfiction book for early middle schoolers whets their appetites for history by combining real-life horror stories with primary sources and rich language.

  • The setting, dialogue, plot, and character in these narrative nonfiction tales are drawn from historical documents and presented in a compelling way to appeal to both avid and reluctant readers.
  • This topic helps readers understand the clash between Europeans and native people during colonial expansion and explore the themes of discrimination based on race and sexual orientation.
  • Readers will learn of key turning points in world history and be exposed to some basic elements of epidemiology.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $9.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $7.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • World History
  • Reading & Writing

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Maps
  • Glossary

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306257
  • Hardcover, 9781619306233


Feel a tickle in your throat? Do you still have that headache? Could you be falling victim to a deadly virus?

From history’s earliest days, bacteria and viruses have stalked humans. Stowing on wagons, ships, and airplanes, these diseases traversed the globe, infecting people in city streets and isolated hamlets. Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases tells the tale of five of history’s most critical contagions and the havoc these diseases wreaked across the globe, including the bubonic plague, yellow fever, smallpox, Spanish influenza, and AIDS. This nonfiction book for early middle schoolers whets their appetites for history by combining real-life horror stories with primary sources and rich language.

  • The setting, dialogue, plot, and character in these narrative nonfiction tales are drawn from historical documents and presented in a compelling way to appeal to both avid and reluctant readers.
  • This topic helps readers understand the clash between Europeans and native people during colonial expansion and explore the themes of discrimination based on race and sexual orientation.
  • Readers will learn of key turning points in world history and be exposed to some basic elements of epidemiology.

Reviews

Praise for other books in the Mystery & Mayhem series

Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas
Kirkus Reviews: “Five true tales of pirates and shipwrecks spare none of the intriguing and grisly details. Employing a casual, conversational tone that reads easily, McCarthy spins five yarns of bloodthirsty pirates and harrowing shipwrecks. The first offering portrays the terrifying experience of sailors who survive a shipwreck only to land on a beach of decapitated, sun-bleached skeletons. The next, another account of nautical distress, tells of a lost ship, reports of possible cannibalism, and the expedition that set out to learn the truth. The third recounts the tales of two fierce female pirates who were just as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their male counterparts. The fourth and fifth deliver more tales of maritime mayhem and cutthroat (quite literally) pirates, keeping up the lively pace already established. McCarthy shows a good sense for the interesting and gory detail, offering up plenty of blood-soaked action while keeping it appropriate for a young readership. Included after each vignette are other notable facts of the time period, and at the end of the offering is a glossary and resources. Releasing simultaneously is Survival, a volume that follows the same format and offers accounts of events such as the Donner Party disaster. Recommend this to fans of the I Survived… series who might be seeking a bit more fact and a little less fiction. A breezy offering just right for fans of survival tales. ”

Survival: Real Tales of Endurance in the Face of Disaster
Booklist: “Warning: these feats aren’t for the faint of heart. From icy depths and scorching valleys to the rumored consumption of human flesh, this entry in the Mystery & Mayhem series examines notorious survival stories. In five succinct chapters, each bookended by annotated expedition maps and a brief bill of historical context, McCarthy covers Ernest Shackleton’s voyage from Plymouth, England, to Antarctica; William Bligh’s trek to Timor; William Lewis Manly’s slog through Death Valley; Charlotte Picard’s course to Senegal; and the Donner Party’s infamous tussle with an early winter. Although speculative musings (“Imagine how the remaining crew . . . felt”) at times offset hard facts and direct quotations, the conversational tone, hair-raising anecdotes, and fairly comprehensive glossary make this a handy primer for any budding thrill seeker.”



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: World History, Reading & Writing,
Specs: 5.75 x 9 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Maps, Glossary,

Reviews

Praise for other books in the Mystery & Mayhem series

Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas
Kirkus Reviews: “Five true tales of pirates and shipwrecks spare none of the intriguing and grisly details. Employing a casual, conversational tone that reads easily, McCarthy spins five yarns of bloodthirsty pirates and harrowing shipwrecks. The first offering portrays the terrifying experience of sailors who survive a shipwreck only to land on a beach of decapitated, sun-bleached skeletons. The next, another account of nautical distress, tells of a lost ship, reports of possible cannibalism, and the expedition that set out to learn the truth. The third recounts the tales of two fierce female pirates who were just as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their male counterparts. The fourth and fifth deliver more tales of maritime mayhem and cutthroat (quite literally) pirates, keeping up the lively pace already established. McCarthy shows a good sense for the interesting and gory detail, offering up plenty of blood-soaked action while keeping it appropriate for a young readership. Included after each vignette are other notable facts of the time period, and at the end of the offering is a glossary and resources. Releasing simultaneously is Survival, a volume that follows the same format and offers accounts of events such as the Donner Party disaster. Recommend this to fans of the I Survived… series who might be seeking a bit more fact and a little less fiction. A breezy offering just right for fans of survival tales. ”

Survival: Real Tales of Endurance in the Face of Disaster
Booklist: “Warning: these feats aren’t for the faint of heart. From icy depths and scorching valleys to the rumored consumption of human flesh, this entry in the Mystery & Mayhem series examines notorious survival stories. In five succinct chapters, each bookended by annotated expedition maps and a brief bill of historical context, McCarthy covers Ernest Shackleton’s voyage from Plymouth, England, to Antarctica; William Bligh’s trek to Timor; William Lewis Manly’s slog through Death Valley; Charlotte Picard’s course to Senegal; and the Donner Party’s infamous tussle with an early winter. Although speculative musings (“Imagine how the remaining crew . . . felt”) at times offset hard facts and direct quotations, the conversational tone, hair-raising anecdotes, and fairly comprehensive glossary make this a handy primer for any budding thrill seeker.”


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