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Publisher Description

2004 Sibert Medal Winner
A 2004 Newbery Honor Book


1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia's free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city—and all his papers—while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever's causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

An American Plague's numerous awards include a Sibert Medal, a Newbery Honor, and designation as a National Book Award Finalist. Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2014
September 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
176
Pages
PUBLISHER
HMH Books
SELLER
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
SIZE
40.2
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 5-7

Customer Reviews

Zhegra1234 ,

Okay

The book was amusing, although the author didn't catch my attention throughout most of the book. I did notice a number of mistakes though, for example, "had had," was common mistake I saw. I thought the ending was great though and I loved how he ended it too.

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