American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Jim Murphy

American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Author: Jim Murphy
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Book Title
American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Author
Jim Murphy
ISBN
9780395776087
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.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Jim MurphyPublisher: Clarion BooksPublished: 06/23/2003ISBN: 9780395776087Pages: 192Weight: 1.47lbsSize: 9.76h x 7.28w x 0.71dAward: Young Hoosier Book Award - NomineeAward: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - WinnerAward: James Madison Book - WinnerAward: Volunteer State Book Awards - NomineeAward: Orbis Pictus Award - WinnerAward: Newbery Medal - Honor BookAward: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - WinnerAward: National Book Awards - FinalistReview Citations: Publishers Weekly 03/10/2003 pg. 73Kirkus Review - Children 04/01/2003 pg. 538Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2003 pg. 413School Library Journal 06/01/2003 pg. 166Booklist 06/01/2003 pg. 1757Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above AverageKirkus Review - Children 12/01/2003 pg. 1404Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2003 pg. 428Booklist 12/01/2003 pg. 678SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2003 pg. 48New York Times 01/18/2004 pg. 19ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/15/2004 pg. 1280ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2004 pg. 1287Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above AverageSchool Library Journal 10/01/2004Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 69054 / American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793Reading Level: 9 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 6

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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Jim Murphy
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 06/23/2003
ISBN: 9780395776087
Pages: 192
Weight: 1.47lbs
Size: 9.76h x 7.28w x 0.71d
Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee
Award: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - Winner
Award: James Madison Book - Winner
Award: Volunteer State Book Awards - Nominee
Award: Orbis Pictus Award - Winner
Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book
Award: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - Winner
Award: National Book Awards - Finalist

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 03/10/2003 pg. 73
Kirkus Review - Children 04/01/2003 pg. 538
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2003 pg. 413
School Library Journal 06/01/2003 pg. 166
Booklist 06/01/2003 pg. 1757
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above Average
Kirkus Review - Children 12/01/2003 pg. 1404
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2003 pg. 428
Booklist 12/01/2003 pg. 678
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2003 pg. 48
New York Times 01/18/2004 pg. 19
ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/15/2004 pg. 1280
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2004 pg. 1287
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above Average
School Library Journal 10/01/2004

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 69054 / American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Reading Level: 9 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 6

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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Jim Murphy
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 06/23/2003
ISBN: 9780395776087
Pages: 192
Weight: 1.47lbs
Size: 9.76h x 7.28w x 0.71d
Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee
Award: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - Winner
Award: James Madison Book - Winner
Award: Volunteer State Book Awards - Nominee
Award: Orbis Pictus Award - Winner
Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book
Award: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - Winner
Award: National Book Awards - Finalist

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 03/10/2003 pg. 73
Kirkus Review - Children 04/01/2003 pg. 538
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2003 pg. 413
School Library Journal 06/01/2003 pg. 166
Booklist 06/01/2003 pg. 1757
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above Average
Kirkus Review - Children 12/01/2003 pg. 1404
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2003 pg. 428
Booklist 12/01/2003 pg. 678
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2003 pg. 48
New York Times 01/18/2004 pg. 19
ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/15/2004 pg. 1280
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2004 pg. 1287
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 436 - Superior,Well Above Average
School Library Journal 10/01/2004

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 69054 / American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Reading Level: 9 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 6