The Secret of the Yellow Death


Bibliographic Information: Jurmain, S. The Secret of the Yellow Death. (2009). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Brief Annotation: This is a good account of medical advances during the Cuban yellow fever scare in the late 1800s.  The author gathered many primary sources to find the sections in quotations and formatted the book well so that it will appeal to younger readers.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: 5-8

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in history or medicine.

Rating/Response: 3. Like BOMB, this is an easily-readable account of a historical event.  The author uses terms that younger readers will understand, and it is written in a style that will keep them interested.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How many of you have heard of yellow fever?  Can you tell me what you know about it?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert


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