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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Murphy Narrator: Pat Bottino Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Newbery Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor recipient Jim Murphy has written numerous stories based on historical events, such as The Boys’ War and The Great Fire. In An American Plague, he tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino’s captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nanette | 2/16/2014

    " This was the 2004 Sibert Medal Winner. This is an excellent choice for historical fiction for a mature reader, perhaps 5th grade and up. The depiction of the disease is rather graphic, but the vast majority of the book is derived from actual letters, documents, and newspapers from Philadelphia in 1793 so the factual information is truly shocking and never for an instant boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alexandria Godina | 2/8/2014

    " A young adult non-fiction book that will actually keep YA's entertained. It was incredibly interesting and disturbing. The book ends with the knowledge there is no cure to yellow fever nor is there a reserve if it was to hit the vaccine couldn't be copied and administered in time, it would first kill 10,000 people :)....ahhhh such a good book... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Misty Erickson | 2/1/2014

    " This book is horrible. I cannot believe that anyone would think this is an appropriate book for children to read. The book is concerned with the history of the yellow fever plague that happened in Philadelphia in 1793. It goes into great detail in the sufferings of the people and how everyone abandoned them. One part even goes into the condition of a corpse in the street and how it was falling apart from rotting and infested with maggots. It ends warning children that it is just a matter of time until the plague comes back and kills most of us. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that this book won three children's awards. DISGUSTING! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by ☞Proud☜ ☺✌Bookworm☮♪ | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting and informative! It didn't spare any details (and I mean ANY details...*shudder*). Now on to that report... "

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